In 2012 Jari-Matti Latvala took his second Rally Sweden victory with a superb drive on the snow. The Ford team leader pulled clear of a close-fought early lead battle in which Mads Ostberg, Petter Solberg, Sebastien Loeb and Mikko Hirvonen all featured, and for most of the weekend was in a straight head-to-head with his former team-mate Hirvonen.
Latvala eventually managed to build a cushion over the Citroen, and had a big enough advantage that even a puncture three stages from the end did not cost him the lead. Hirvonen claimed second, with Ostberg third after a late puncture dropped Solberg to fourth. A trip off the road, a spin and a puncture conspired to leave Loeb back in sixth behind the impressive Evgeny Novikov.