TALLINN - Championship leaders Ott Tanak and Martin Jarveoja, racing for Hyundai, finished in second place in the second round of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) in Sweden, 12.7 seconds behind Welshman Elfyn Evans, racing for Toyota.
The third place went to Finn Kalle Rovanpara (Toyota), who lost to 20.2 to Evans and outgunned six-time world champion Sebastien Ogier in a a final test shootout.
Due to a lack of snow, the round only covered 170 kilometers of the the initial 300-kilometer distance and included nine speed tests.
Tanak and Jarveoja won the Swedish stage of WRC last year.
The season's opening competition of the WRC series ended for Tanak and Jarveoja with a crash during the fourth speed test. The defending world champions were both unharmed, but were nevertheless out of Rallye Monte-Carlo.
Evans now leads the driver's championship on 42 points, with Thierry Neuville in second (42 points) and Ogier in third (37 points), followed by Rovanpera (30 points), and Esapekka Lappi (Ford) with 24 points. Tanak is in sixth place with 20 points.