Sunday | 19 Feb 2017

WRC Gallery - Rally Sweden

The Swedish winter delivered a spectacular frozen landscape for the championship's second round - and a snowy backdrop that is unique in the WRC season.

Snowy forests, night stages and soaring jumps gave our WRC photography team the inspiration for some breathtaking shots. Here's a selection of our favourites from Jaanus Ree and Andre Lavadinho.

Above: Rally Sweden spectators are a hardy bunch, able to shrug off sub-zero conditions with specialist kit like bobble hat, camp fire and sausage-on-a-stick. Having just missed Ott Tänak however, you have to wonder whether if these guys might have their priorities wrong.

Below: Craig Breen's fifth places at Rallye Monte-Carlo and Rally Sweden are Citroën's highlights so far this year. Here he is on his first competitive outing in the C3 World Rally Car.

Below: Number one in our list of 'winter wonderland' shots, here's Sébastien Ogier at full chat through a scene that could have come straight from a Christmas card.

Below: For drivers who find going flat-out on snow just a bit tame, Colin's Crest offers the chance to up the stakes by mixing in a long jump competition. Does furthest equal fastest? Probably not, but a massive jump here says a lot about bravery - and sends the crowds of spectators wild. Respect to this year's winner, Mads Østberg.

Below: As a three-time winner in Sweden, we knew that Jari-Matti Latvala had the skills to win, but few believed newcomers Toyota would have the goods on only their second round. What will the combination be capable of in Mexico?

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