Loeb takes early lead in the WRC

Reigning champion Sebastien Loeb has taken the lead in the World Rally Championship after the first set of stages in the first round of this year's championship in Sweden.

The French driver leads Mikko Hirvonen in his Ford by four seconds after taking two stage wins, while Dani Sordo is close behind in third in a second Citroen.

Despite his lead, Loeb said: "I was not so confident, I don't know why; I did not have a perfect drive."The rest of the top ten is made up of Citroens and Fords, with the one exception being Mads Ostberg in seventh place in his Subaru.
The standings are currently as follows:

1. Sebastien Loeb Citroen
2. Mikko Hirvonen Ford
3. Dani Sordo Citroen
4. Jari-Matti Latvala Ford
5. Sebastien Ogier Citroen
6. Marcus Gronholm Ford
7. Mads Ostberg Subaru
8. Henning Solberg Ford
9. Petter Solberg Citroen
10. Matthew Wilson Ford
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