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WRC Sweden: Lappi leads as Katsuta retires

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Action-packed morning session in Sweden: Katsuta retires and Fourmaux wins SS11.

The early stages of day 3 in Sweden brought about some unexpected twists and turns. At the helm is Esapekka Lappi, the Hyundai driver commanding the leaderboard ahead of Adrien Fourmaux (M-Sport) and Elfyn Evans (Toyota), trailing the Finn by 1 minute and 24 seconds and 1 minute and 40 seconds, respectively.

However, the spotlight shifted dramatically as Takamoto Katsuta suffered a setback on SS10. In an attempt to close in on Lappi, the Japanese driver miscalculated, striking a snow wall and getting stuck, shattering his podium hopes. Seizing the opportunity were Fourmaux (M-Sport), who secured a stage win on SS11, and Evans, who climbed to the third step of the podium. Meanwhile, Oliver Solberg continued his impressive run, holding onto fourth place overall with the Fabia RS rally2 and leading in WRC2. Thierry Neuville (Hyundai) made a notable ascent to fifth place, now eyeing Solberg’s fourth position, just 17.5 seconds behind.

The top 10 is dominated by rally2 cars, with Finnish drivers Pajari (Toyota Yaris rally2) in sixth place and leading in WRC2 Challenge, Korhonen (Toyota Yaris rally2) in seventh, Estonian Linnamae (Toyota) in eighth, Heikkila (Toyota Yaris rally2) in ninth, and Joona (Skoda Fabia RS rally2) in tenth. Just outside the points zone, our Italian duo Bertelli and Scattolin (Toyota Yaris rally1) sit in eleventh position, trailing Joona’s tenth place by a minute.

In the WRC3/JWRC, the dominance of 18-year-old Mille Johansson (Ford Fiesta rally3) continues, leading with a 55.5-second advantage over Estonian Romet Jurgenson and a 2 minute and 27-second lead over German Fabio Schwarz. Applause-worthy performances come from Matteo Fontana and Alessandro Arnaboldi, the young Italian pair holding the 31st overall position behind the wheel of the Peugeot 208 rally4, setting remarkable times in a two-wheel-drive car.