Tuesday | 12 Feb 2019

Countdown: Rally Sweden route

The championship's only pure winter round, Rally Sweden (14-17 February) is a cross-border classic that ventures deep into the frozen forests of Sweden and neighbouring Norway.

Centred around a service park at Torsby airport, this year's 67th edition features a route that is almost identical to 2018, comprising 19 stages and 316.80 competitive kilometres.

Thursday (14 February) - WRC+ Live Stream from 1930hrs – 2100hrs local rally time (UTC+1)

The action begins with big power slides on Thursday night and the first of two passes of Karlstad’s 1.90km super special stage – which is repeated on Saturday evening.

Friday (15 February) - WRC+ Live Stream from 0745hrs – 1815hrs local rally time (UTC+1)

Friday’s action is identical to last year’s with 137.41km of stages, predominantly in Norway.

A loop of three stages is run twice. Hof-Finnskog (21.26km) and Svullrya (24.88km) are both run on Norwegian roads while Röjden (18.10km) is a truly international challenge – starting and finishing in Sweden with the middle section across the border.

The longest day of the event wraps up with the 8.93km Torsby - the only stage on Saturday that runs entirely in Sweden.

Saturday (16 February) - WRC+ Live Stream from 0700hrs – 2015hrs local rally time (UTC+1)

The only significant change to the rally route comes on Saturday with the return of the 23.13km Rämmen test – last used in 2016.

Run twice, the stage is made up predominantly of roads used during its last appearance but will be driven in the opposite direction.

The leg also features two passes of Hagfors (23.40km) and the day's highlight Vargåsen, [14.21km] which features the famous Colin’s Crest, named in memory of the late Colin McRae. A repeat of the Karlstad stage and the 2.80km Torsby sprint close the action.

Sunday (17 February) - WRC+ Live Stream from 0630hrs – 1345hrs local rally time (UTC+1)

Three stages make up Sunday's final day, with two runs of the 21.19km Likenäs kicking things off.

A repeat of Friday’s Torsby stage, which finishes just outside the service park, ends the rally as the bonus-point scoring Live TV Wolf Power Stage.

The podium ceremony will take place in the service park on Sunday afternoon.

Top Highlights

  • Thursday night’s opening ceremony at Karlstad trotting track. Meet the drivers, grab autographs and selfies and watch mega-slides in the two-at-a-time special stage.
  • Colin’s Crest in Vargåsen is one of the WRC’s great spectating locations. Brilliant atmosphere and high-flying cars - and the WRC’s stars visit twice on Saturday.
  • Saturday night in Torsby will be magic. Watch the final section of the 3.43km sprint stage before strolling into the service park to watch the teams at work on their cars.
  • Sunday in Torsby is just as good. The final Power Stage ends on the same roads as Saturday night’s test before the podium minutes later in the service park. You might have to run to catch both!
  • Magnificent classic cars from the past will compete in Rally Sweden Historic on Friday and Saturday in conjunction with the WRC rally.

Head to WRC+ to watch All Live from Rally Sweden, including every stage broadcast live, breaking service park news and expert studio analysis.