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Neuville leads Rally of Finland

2013-08-02 08:17

IN THE LEAD: Belgium's Thierry Neuville in a Ford Fiesta, led the opening day of the Rally of Finland on August 1. Image: AFP

JYVASKYLA, Finland - Belgium's Thierry Neuville and his Ford Fiesta led the opening day of the 2013 Rally of Finland on Thursday (August 1), edging championship leader Sebastien Ogier into second spot.

The 25-year-old Neuville had a 2.5sec lead over Ogier's VW Polo.

Neuville and Ogier won two stages each; Finland's Jari-Matti Latvala, in a second factory Polo, stopped for the day when his car was damaged by a rock.

He will resume on Friday with a 10-minute penalty.

Leg 1 Classification from the 2013 Rally of Finland
1 Thierry Neuville (Belgium) Ford 25min33.3
2 Sebastien Ogier (France) Volkswagen +5.2sec
3 Mads Ostberg (Norway) Ford +8.9
4 Mikko Hirvonen (Finland) Citroen +13.8
5 Juho Haenninen (Finland) Ford +17.0
6 Kris Meeke (Britain) +17.5
7 Evgeny Novikov (Russia) Ford +20.9
8 Andreas Mikkelsen (Norway) Volkswagen +23.4
9 Daniel Sordo (Spain) Citroen +37.1
10 Jarkko Nikara (Finland) Mini +47.7

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