Sweden sticks with winning formula

Organisers of next year’s Rally Sweden (14-17 February) have confirmed an almost entirely unchanged route for the only all-snow rally on the WRC calendar.

The itinerary for the championship’s traditional second round will once again send crews deep into the frozen forests of Sweden and neighbouring Norway, for 19 stages totalling 319.17km.

Centred around a service park at Torsby Airport, the action begins on Thursday night with the first of two passes of Karlstad’s 1.90km super special stage – which is repeated on Saturday evening.

Friday’s action is identical to this year’s with 138.78km of stages, predominantly in Norway.   The Röjden test is a truly international challenge – starting and finishing in Sweden with the middle section across the border in Norway. Torsby is the only stage that runs entirely in Sweden on what is the longest day of the event.

The only significant change to the rally route comes on Saturday with the return of the Rämmen test – last used in 2016. Run twice, the 23.00km stage is made up predominantly of roads used during its last appearance but it will be driven in the opposite direction.

Three stages make up the final day of action on Sunday, with two runs of the Likenäs test 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 Power Stage.

After the Power Stage, the podium ceremony will take place in the service park on Sunday afternoon.

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