Toyota driver Kalle Rovanperä was on pace for the first official special event of the Swedish World Rally Championship.
Rovanperä drove third. He lost to Elfyn Evans, his team-mate who had a nerve-racking time, for two seconds.
- All right. Some minor mistakes came in because I'm not quite used to the car yet. There was ice at the end of the special test, and when some of the studs are worn and some are gone, it is slippery, 19-year-old Rovanperä said in an interview with the organizers.
Second, Evans and Rovanperä were second in the Hyundai by Ott Tänak from Estonia.
Jari-Matti Latvala, who is gasping for a private stable in Toyota, lost to the lead by as much as 11.9 seconds. He is ninth.
- I lost credit for tires. I took too cautiously, Latvala said in an interview with the organizers.
Esapekka Lappi, who drives Ford's M-Sport team, lost to the top in 6.3 seconds. Lapland teammate Teemu Suninen lost by 8.2 seconds. Lapland is sixth and Sunine seventh.
Three more special stages are scheduled for the Swedish World Rally today. The race ends on Sunday. The rally route has been reduced from the original due to the mild weather.
Due to special conditions, drivers are more likely to change tires between special tests.