Even with studded tires it's tough driving in the only all-snow rally in the unless you're Scandinavian. Just ask eight-times WRC champ who went off in the snow on the first day, but eventually finished in sixth place overall. Ironically Loeb is the only non-Scandinavian to have ever won the Swedish Rally back in 2004.
Ford's Finnish factory driver Jari-Matti Latvala took the victory in the Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC with a margin of 16.6 seconds over Mikko Hirvonen in the second Citroen WRT DS3 WRC.
Ford and Citroen dominated the top ten results, save for one WRC Mini Team Portugal John Cooper Works WRC, driven by Patrik Sandell from Sweden, which finished in 8th position.
The other fast Frenchman – Sebastien Ogier finished 11th, capturing the class victory, in the VW Motorsport Skoda Fabia S2000, which is being used as a test bed for VW's full factory WRC effort next year.
It was good result for both Latvala and Ogier since they both crashed out of the Monte Carlo Rally last month.
Take a few minutes to watch the masterful skill of WRC drivers as they jump over Colin's Crest – the most famous jump in WRC rallying – from Michelin's Best-of-RallyLive video channel on YouTube.
Loeb hopes to return to his normal winning style in the next round of the 2012 WRC in Leon, Mexico, March 8-11, where he has always done well.