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Evans dominates; becomes first British to win rally Sweden

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By: Sharifah Namagoba

Elfyn Evans impressively secured victory in Sweden on Sunday afternoon to become the first British to win the WRC round in the Scandinavian country. 

The event that faced uncertainty because of limited snow. That forced organizers to make several stage adjustments and running a shorter event.

But in his Toyota Yaris, Evans and Scott Martin commanded the lead of the rally from the start to the finish edging reigning WRC champion Ott Tanak to the victory. 

It is a second career victory for the Welshman following his home event win (Wales rally) in 2017. 

Evans now ties with Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville at the top of the championship. 

Reigning champion Ott Tanak registered his first points with the Hyundai settling for the second; 12.7 seconds behind. 

19-year old Kalle Rovanpera was sublime beating six-time World champion Sebastian Ogier in the final stage on Sunday to seal the podium in third. 

The teenager would also top the TV Wolf power stage to earn the full bonus points.

He was followed by Neuville who took four points while Ogier managed three points.

The WRC will head to South America for the third round with Mexico rally due on 12-15th March.

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