Gronholm, who drives for Ford, said after Loeb won stage six: “That was about as fast as I could go the tyres were finished at the end but I am enjoying this fight.”
Loeb won the event’s longest stage, by shaving 2.3 sec off Gronholm’s lead. “I had the tyre choice right and I knew what Marcus was on,” Loeb said after Vargasen 2.
The top two positions were taken by the BFGoodrich-quipped Ford of Marcus Gronholm and Citroen of Sebastien Loeb. Local driver Daniel Carlsson took third, while fourth position was taken by the Pirelli equipped Mitsubishi of Gianluigi Galli.