Even the Swede delighted home fans by directing his Ford Fiesta r 2 to an appropriate 1min 31.2sec success over the snow and ice hockey event, the opening round of the five-rally series.

Kristensson made an instant impact after improving by the Championship, in to world level.

“I had a plan and stuck into it. The point for me was not to create any mistakes. I stayed calm and found that the pace and it feels great, even though there were a few minutes. I’m really looking forward to the rest of the summer season,” said Kristensson.

Britain’after retiring using a mechanical problem on Friday while Martins Sesks re-covered into sixth s chose a fourth in front of Sean Johnston.

Ep å finished eighth after restarting and netted a haul of incentive points by winning 12 of their 19 tests.

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