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The 2018 Swedish Rally entry list features three New Zealanders and an Australian as testing for the February 15-18 event. Rally Sweden is round two of the World Rally Championship and will see the factory teams from Ford, Hyundai, Toyota and Citroen resume their battle after last week's Monte Carlo Rally. Heading the Down Under charge in the winter wonderland will be Hayden Paddon, who will start his first WRC event of the year in the third works Hyundai i20 WRC. After an indifferent 2017 season, Paddon and British co-driver, Seb Marshall, will share the third i20 WRC with Spaniard Dani Sordo this year. Sordo started his season badly in Monte Carlo with a crash, but Paddon will be hoping for better luck as he aims to repeat his second place in Sweden from 2016. The only Australian on the Rally Sweden entry list is Western Australian Glenn Macneall, who continues his pairing with Japanese young gun Hiroki Arai. This is Macneall's second season with Arai in the Toyota Gazoo Racing Rally Challenge program, and they'll line up in a Ford Fiesta R5. Also Fiesta mounted are WRC debutantes David Holder and Jason Farmer, who this year are entering the Junior World Rally Championship in an R2-spec Fiesta. "It was great to spend some time with the M-Sport Poland team during a test – a great bunch of guys that I'm sure will teach me a lot this year," Holder said on social media. "Unfortunately no snow to be had for testing .... just plenty of mud and slippery conditions! Lots to learn getting back into a FWD for me, but can't wait for the Sweden challenge ahead." Following his victory at Monte Carlo, Sebastien Ogier will start the event as the first car on the road in his Fiesta WRC, followed by the Toyota Yaris WRCs of Ott Tanak and Jari-Matti Latvala. Download the full 2018 Rally Sweden entry list HERE. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=8&v=7aRASmCp5Ew
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