Mon 06 Feb 2023

Sweden countdown: Route + Maps

The 2023 FIA World Rally Championship season journeys to its most northerly point for the snow and ice-covered roads of Rally Sweden this week (9 - 12 February).

For the second time in as many years, the university city of Umeå forms the hub of the championship’s second round, with the service park located at the Nolia Exhibition Centre. Access is free for all fans.  

The city lies more than 600km up the east coast from capital Stockholm and the roads in the frozen and remote forests of the Västerbotten region are ultra-fast. So quick, in fact, that last year’s event was the second-fastest Rally Sweden in history as victor Kalle Rovanperä averaged a whopping 121.52kph.

Start ceremony festivities take place at the fan-favourite Red Barn Arena, which is within walking distance of the city centre, on Thursday (9 February). Crews tackle a single pass of Umeå Sprint (5.16km) immediately afterwards. The stage includes jumps and sweeping hairpins and will be attended by royal rally fan Prince Carl Philip.

Friday’s leg journeys north for two loops of three speed tests, split by a 30-minute service in the city.

First up is Brattby (10.76km). It is followed by Sarsjöliden (14.23km) and a brand-new stage at Botsmark (25.81km), the second pass of which will be driven in darkness. Another blast through Umeå Sprint (5.16km) brings the day to a halt after seven stages totalling 106.76km.

Saturday follows a similar format and features two brand-new tests. Norrby (12.54km) and Floda (28.25km) were not used in 2022; they precede Sävar (17.28km), which leads the crews back into the mid-leg service halt.

All three stages are repeated once more after lunch before the day ends with Umeå (10.08km), a longer version of the previous two nights’ stages which again ends in the Red Barn Arena. The seven tests add up to 126.22km, making it the longest day of the rally.

Three stages form Sunday’s finale. Back-to-back runs of Västervik (26.48km) - also a new addition - are up first, ahead of another run through Umeå (10.08km) which forms the bonus points-paying Wolf Power Stage.  

The 18 stages cover 301.18km in a total route of 1194.16 km.

Rally Route: WRC Rally Sweden 2023
Starts: Thursday, July 18, 2024 at 4:31:00 AM
Starts: Friday, July 26, 2024 at 7:00:00 AM
Starts: Saturday, July 27, 2024 at 6:00:00 AM