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Old 01-24-2013, 12:33 PM   #1
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WRC: Rally Sweden 2013

Not a long break to this one, starts in 2 weeks!

Rally Sweden (WRC.com)
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Round 2

07 - 10 Feb 13

Categories:WRC, WRC-2, WRC-3

Based:Karlstad

Surface:Ice and snow covered gravel

Most Recent Winner:Jari-Matti Latvala (2012)

Website:Rally Sweden 2013 | Closer to rally

With the return of Rally Monte-Carlo to the WRC in 2011, Rally Sweden has gone back to its traditional slot of being the second rally of the year. It consists of 22 stages over a competitive distance of 339 kilometres with the start and finish in Karlstad and the permanent service park in Hagfors. Friday’s route is based in the Hagfors region, Saturday’s stages take place east of the town with the bulk of Sunday’s action taking place over the border in Norway.

Despite ambient temperatures dipping to as low as minus 25 degrees centigrade, fans flock to the stages in greater number to witness the spectacle of drivers charging through ice- and snow-coated roads at full speed, which can be achieved thanks to their metal studded tyres, which bite through the soft snow surface and into the hard-packed ground below.

As well as relying on their studded tyres, drivers make the most of the snow banks that line much of the route. They act as soft barriers and enable drivers to ‘lean’ their cars through the corners. However, they represent a major hazard when corners are taken too quickly with several drivers dropping vital time getting stuck or having their radiators filled with snow.

One notable new aspect for 2013 is the inclusion of a historic rally immediately before the WRC event. This will run from 7-9 February and consists of 84 competitive kilometres. The historic rally will feature four classes (cars up to 1969, cars from 1970 until 1975, cars from 1976 until 1981 and cars from 1982 until 1985) with an exhibition class for cars built prior to 1990. Organisers expect cars such as the Audi Quattro, Ford Escort, Porsche 911, Saab two-stroke and Volvo 240 to take part.

There has also been speculation that Sweden could see the moment when VW breaks through, given the amount of testing they have done in Sweden, and the record of driver Jari-Matti Latvala, who could be going for his hat-trick. However he is playing down his chances of taking a win so early in the new team’s career. He says, “I love driving on snow and always enjoyed it in Sweden,” said Latvala. “I hope to be able to fight for the podium places in Sweden, that will be fantastic but we have to be realistic and we can’t pressurise ourselves too much.”
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Sweden rejoices: it’s cold and it’s snowing! (MaxRally.com)
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Fears of a snowless Rally Sweden appear to over after ambient temperatures around Hagfors, location of the permanent service park, plunged to below minus 20 degrees centigrade.

Local reports earlier this week suggested there would be insufficient snow – a problem that plagued the event in 2008 and forced organisers to search for more northerly stages – for the event to go ahead as planned.

But fears were allayed this morning when factory Volkswagen driver Jari-Matti Latvala tweeted a photograph of a house on the Sagen stage coated with snow. “Looks like reasonable amount of snow in the rally area in Sweden,” said the Finn.

Latvala claimed his maiden WRC win in Sweden back in 2008 when several stages had to be cancelled due to warm temperatures and a dearth of snow (pictured).

Meanwhile, in Latvala, where the European championship will resume on Rally Liepaja-Ventspils next week, heavy snow and temperatures of minus 10 degrees centigrade are being reported.

Rally Sweden takes place from February 7-11.
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VW took aerial drones to Monte and they're supposedly bringing them to Sweden. Here's hoping we'll get to see some of the great video. There's a sample from Monte Carlo over on Vimeo:

Drone-Work at the Rallye Monte Carlo 2013 -- MAKING OF-- on Vimeo
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Solberg in shock WRC comeback… kind of! (MaxRally.com)
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Despite insisting there would be no World Rally Championship events for him in 2013, Petter Solberg has entered Rally Sweden. Well the historic section of the snow classic to be precise.

The 2003 world champion will be co-driven by wife Pernilla in a Ford Escort Mk2 prepared by Viking Motorsport, the company run by his former navigator Phil Mills.

“It feels really great to be able to do this for my fans,” said Solberg. “If I can’t drive in the WRC I will have to find other things to keep myself busy. I’d hate to miss Rally Sweden and even if I won’t take part in the WRC event or drive a WRC car it still feels really inspiring to take part once again. Pernilla and I do this for the fun of it and we promise to put on a show on the stages.”

The Solbergs got to grips with the Escort by running as course car on the Finnskogsvalsen Rally near Torsby last weekend. They will be eligible for class three (cars built from 1976 to 1981) on Rally Sweden Historic after securing a wildcard entry for next month’s event.
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VW took aerial drones to Monte and they're supposedly bringing them to Sweden. Here's hoping we'll get to see some of the great video. There's a sample from Monte Carlo over on Vimeo:

Drone-Work at the Rallye Monte Carlo 2013 -- MAKING OF-- on Vimeo
I saw those drones in one of the Monte videos posted. I figured it was some camera crazed fan. Very cool stuff!!
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After Finland and Germany this is my favorite.
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Petter: I’ll nail it in Sweden! (WRC.com)
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Former World Rally Champion Petter Solberg has promised a crowd-pleasing show when he makes a one-off return to the WRC on next week's Rally Sweden.

The Norwegian, who stepped away from the WRC at the end of last season, has been tempted back to the series, and the closest thing to a home rally, to drive his own rear-wheel drive Mk2 Ford Escort in the historic class.

Solberg’s Swedish wife Pernilla, herself an accomplished rally driver, will be his navigator. The pair carried out a successful test of the Escort, driving it as course car on Rally Finnskogsvalsen in Sweden on the same weekend as the WRC regulars were in Monte-Carlo.

“We enjoyed the test so much that I really can’t wait to get started on Rally Sweden,” Petter told wrc.com. “I just couldn’t picture myself there simply as a bystander. I don’t have to be in a WRC car to enjoy driving, and having my wife in the car makes it something special too. She has been in the car only once before, and she’s an ex driver so it’s not easy for me to listen to her reading notes, I tell you.”

The car has been built to 1975 works team spec by Petter’s former co-driver Phil Mills. It is fitted with a two-litre BDG engine that produces 260bhp.

The historic runners in Sweden will tackle just six competitive stages with two on Friday and four on Saturday. “I think they’ve picked the best ones,” explained Petter. “And I’m delighted they have including my favourite of all, Vargåsen, which has the enormous ‘Colin’s Crest’. How far we fly I can’t say but I will put on a good show. It’s a very good car and I’m going to nail it. I will have the biggest revs in the forest, for sure.”

Solberg hopes to announce his future motorsport plans in the coming weeks, “All I can say is that things are looking good. If things go well I might launch before Sweden if not, I will have to wait,” he said.

As for the main WRC class in Sweden, Solberg tipped three drivers to do well. “I think Sebastien Ogier is going to be hard to beat. He’s a very cool driver, but maybe Jari-Matti [Latvala] could do it if he gets a good feeling in the car. Then there’s Mads [Ostberg]. He’s always done well in Sweden but he’s the one who is probably under more pressure than anybody to do well. ”

Rally Sweden, round two of the 2013 World Rally Championship, starts on 7 February.
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Wow what a photo. Just as God intended RWD sideways on the snow. I bet that engine makes sweet music too.
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Exciting entry for Rally Sweden (WRC.com)
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Twenty World Rally Cars will contest Rally Sweden next week with another 13 drivers set to chase points in the WRC 2 category of the high-speed snow contest.

On his second of just four WRC starts in his farewell season, Sebastien Loeb, the current title leader, heads the entry in his Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT DS3 WRC. Joining him in the team is 2011 Rally Sweden winner Mikko Hirvonen. The French firm’s second squad, the Abu Dhabi Citroen Total WRT, will run DS3s for Khalid Al Qassimi and Dani Sordo while Benito Guerra will drive a privately entered DS3.

Fresh from its podium-winning debut on Rallye Monte-Carlo, Volkswagen Motorsport returns with Polo R WRCs for drivers Sebastien Ogier and last year’s Sweden winner, Jari-Matti Latvala.

Fords haven’t been beaten in Sweden since 2006 and this year the Qatar M-Sport WRT will run Fiesta RS WRCs for two of the sport’s rising stars: Evgeny Novikov, who narrowly missed out on a podium in Monte-Carlo and Mads Ostberg, a top-three Sweden finisher in 2011and 2012.

Representing M-Sport’s sister squad, the Qatar World Rally Team, will be Thierry Neuville, Juho Hanninen and, making his team debut, Nasser Al-Attiyah.

Other Fiesta RS WRC runners include Jari Ketomaa, co-driven by Kimi Raikkonen’s former navigator Kaj Lindstrom, and Martin Prokop who continues his WRC campaign with the Jipocar Czech National Team. Henning Solberg is back in the WRC for the first time since last year’s Neste Oil Rally Finland. Also driving a Fiestas RS WRC is Henning’s 22-year-old stepson, former WRC academy frontrunner Pontus Tidemand.

Michal Kosciuszko will continue his Lotos Team WRC challenge in a MINI John Cooper Works WRC, while Finn Jarkko Nikara is entered in a Prodrive-run MINI.

Monte-Carlo class winner Sepp Wiegand heads the WRC 2 runners in his Skoda Fabia but will face tough opposition from 12 other drivers including the man placed third in the series, Yuriy Protasov. Snow specialists Anders Grondhal (Subaru Impreza) Per Gunnar Andersson (Proton Satria Neo) and Eyvind Brynildsen (Ford Fiesta RRC) are other notable names on the entry list.

Rally Sweden, based in Karlstad, takes place from 7-10 February and counts as round two of the 2013 FIA World Rally Championship.
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260hp in a RWD Escort Mark 2! You've got to think that his spares kit includes one entire replacement boot/trunk section of bodywork for each day he competes.....

Where pilots in aircraft use a tail fin to keep them straight, Mark 2s (particularly when driven by Scanwegians) use the boot/trunk.
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