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Rally Sweden 2007

Marcus Gronholm has claimed his Fifth win in Sweden, and cut Sebastian Loeb's Championship lead to just 2 points.

In a closely fought rally, Gronholm made all the right choices throughout, something that Loeb wished he could say too: "I thought I had a chance until the first loop on Saturday; we were 10 seconds behind Marcus and everything is possible. Then I took the long stud for the hard surface, it was wrong and I lost time to Marcus. After that I was 27 seconds behind and I didn’t try any more."

Of his rally, Gronholm was more positive: "It was a good weekend and a good fight with Sébastien, then finally we could win – it’s nice. I know him (Loeb), he is always pushing and I couldn’t get much of a gap. Then on Saturday we had our chance and then it was easier when it was more than 20 seconds. I did push all the time, but they (the team) sent me wrong split times. They showed I was plus four after five kilometres, then I put the brain to one side and attack!"

Result:

 

 1

 M Gronholm

 Fin

 Ford

 3h 8m 40.7s

 2

 S Loeb

 Fr

 Citroen

 +53.8

 3

 M Hirvonen

 Fin

 Ford

 +1:41.5

 4

 H Solberg

 Nor

 Ford

 +2:09.8

 5

 D Carlsson

 Swe

 Citroen

 +3:37.8

 6

 T Gardemeister

 Fin

 M'bishi

 +3:54.2 

 7

 M Stohl

 Aut

 Citroen

 +5:12.5

 8

 C Atkinson

 Aus

 Subaru

 +6:14.7 

 9

 M Ostberg

 Nor

 Subaru

 +7:47.0 

 10

 J Kopecky

 Cze

 Skoda

 +7:52.5




 

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