This year’s Rally Sweden (13 - 16 February) schedule has been modified due to unseasonably mild weather affecting the roads, but four days of competition encompassing action in both the host country and across the border in Norway will be no less spectacular.
After the traditional opening ceremony on Thursday evening at Karlstad trotting track, the action begins immediately with the SSS Karlstad (1.90km) test. Drivers tackle two laps of a track featuring sweeping bends and a spectacular jump in head-to-head heats.
Friday features two venues in Norway and two in Sweden. Hof-Finnskog (21.26km) is the longest special stage of the event and a quick change of tyres precedes Finnskogen (20.68km), which returns to the itinerary for the first time since 2012.
Back over the border in Sweden, Nyckelvattnet (18.94km) is new to the rally and the leg closes mid-afternoon with the Torsby Sprint (2.80km) test, which finishes right outside the entrance to the service park. It all adds up to 63.68km.
Saturday follows an identical itinerary in both route and timing ahead of Sunday’s closing leg which features two passes over the Likenäs (21.19km) test. The second run forms the live TV Wolf Power Stage with bonus points for the fastest five competitors.
The 11 stages cover 171.64km in a total distance of 815.09km.
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• 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.
• Friday and Saturday afternoons in Torsby will be magic. Watch the final section of the 2.80km sprint stage before strolling into the service park to watch the teams at work on their cars.
• Sunday in Torsby is just as good. After the final Wolf Power Stage in Likenäs, the winners return to the service park to celebrate and spray the champagne on the final podium.