February 18, 2018 / 2:04 PM / 7 months ago

Rallying: Neuville leads championship after Sweden win

(Reuters) - Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville took the lead in the world rally championship from Sebastien Ogier after winning in Sweden on Sunday.

Rally Sweden - 2018 World Rally Championship - Day 4 - Torsby, Sweden - February 18, 2018. Co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul and driver Thierry Neuville of Belgium celebrate after winning. TT News Agency/Micke Fransson via REUTERS

The Belgian mastered the snowy conditions to finish 19.8 seconds clear of Citroen’s Craig Breen, a career-best result for the Irishman, and go 10 points clear after the second race of the season.

Rally Sweden - 2018 World Rally Championship - Day 4 - Torsby, Sweden - February 18, 2018 Thierry Neuville of Belgium drives his Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC. TT News Agency/Micke Fransson via REUTERS

Norway’s Andreas Mikkelsen was third for Hyundai.

Defending champion Ogier, who won last month’s opening Monte Carlo round, finished 10th for M-Sport Ford but took four bonus points for finishing second in the final power stage won by Toyota’s Esapekka Lappi.

Neuville, only the third non-Nordic driver to win in Sweden, took two bonus points.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Clare Fallon

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