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FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP

RALLY SWEDEN 2020

RALLY SWEDEN 2020

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Event History

  • First run in 1950 when it was called the Rally to the Midnight Sun as it was held in summer. It became a winter event in 1965.
  • It featured in the inaugural championship in 1973 and has been dominated by Nordic drivers, who won every year until 2004 when Sébastien Loeb broke the mould.
  • Sébastien Ogier, 2018 victor Thierry Neuville and 2019 winner Ott Tänak are the only other ‘outsiders’ to win.
  • Stig Blomqvist and Marcus Grönholm top the roll of honour with five wins each.

Challenge

  • The only true winter round – a classic Rally Sweden will be characterised by frozen roads lined with snow banks. Drivers ‘lean’ cars against the banks to guide them round corners.
  • But in warmer temperatures the banks disintegrate on impact and cars can become stuck in the snow.
  • Studded tyres are essential and provide remarkable grip but drivers must acclimatise to the ‘floating’ feeling and different braking points.
  • When temperatures hover around freezing, the studs tear up the road surface and exposed gravel rips them from the tyres to leave little traction.
  • Outdoor servicing in temperatures as low as -25°C makes normally routine jobs slower and tricky for gloved mechanics.

Car Setup

  • Loose surface specification but engineering solutions required to make engines work at peak performance in unrelenting cold.
  • Michelin’s skinny tyres bristle with 384 tungsten-tipped steel studs to bite into the frozen roads. Each stud is 20mm long and weighs 4g. However, just 7mm is exposed, with the rest inserted into the rubber to provide a strong anchor.
  • Shovels are mandatory in case competitors have to dig their cars out of snow.

What’s New This Year

  • Two new stage venues for Friday’s first full day. Sweden’s 18.94km Nyckelvattnet has never been used in the rally, while Norway’s 20.89km Finnskogen returns for the first time since 2012.
  • Torntorp is back on Saturday after a year away.
  • The opening three-quarters of the following Hagfors test was last driven in 2008.
  • A new look also for the famous Vargåsen on Saturday. The opening half hasn’t been graced by Rally Sweden cars for 19 years.
Event Website

Information taken from the FIA World Rally Championship website.

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Location: Torsby, Sweden
Date: February 13, 2020
End Date: February 16, 2020
Timezone: UTC +1
Categories: WRC / WRC 2 / WRC 3 / Junior WRC