Ostberg leads day one of WRC Sweden

By on Friday, February 11, 2011

Stobart Ford driver Mads Ostberg leads after the first day of the 2011 championship in Sweden.

Ostberg had led by over half a minute, but his lead is now less than half of that after suffering from a visibility issue.

"I'm very happy with that, but very early on this stage there was a big dip in the road, and the lightpods came off," said Ostberg.

"It's been a nightmare, no lights and the thing that's supposed to give you light is blocking your view. I tried pushing but I couldn't see a damn thing, so I should be happy to be here.

"I wouldn't have believed I would be leading at all, so I must say it's been a good day, but I must say I'm a little bit disapointed by this.

"I knew I had to have a big lead because tomorrow I will be first on the road. Now I've lost this time it will be difficult."

Sebastien Loeb - who has claimed the title in each of the past 7 seasons - has had a nightmare day.

In the new Citroen DS3, his running position of first on the road hindered him in the snow, plus a puncture cost him a minute

"It was getting better in the last stages. Then I had a puncture, I don't know why, in the middle of the road," said Loeb. "I didn't touch anything. We had to do 15 kilometres like that and we lost a lot of time again."

Kimi Raikkonen is 11th after an encouraging day, despite a spin and a puncture.

Pos  Driver              Car        Time/Gap
 1.  Mads Ostberg        Ford     1h17m21.2s
 2.  Mikko Hirvonen      Ford        + 14.8s
 3.  Petter Solberg      Citroen     + 57.4s
 4.  Jari-Matti Latvala  Ford      + 1m10.0s
 5.  Henning Solberg     Ford      + 1m20.3s
 6.  Sebastien Ogier     Citroen   + 1m21.6s
 7.  Patrik Sandell      Skoda     + 2m35.1s
 8.  Eyvind Brynildsen   Skoda     + 2m43.5s
 9.  Sebastien Loeb      Citroen   + 2m48.4s
10.  Khalid Al Qassimi   Ford      + 4m12.4s

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