Rally Swe­den bosses se­cure new shake­down route

Motor Sport News - - Rally News - Photo: John O’neill, Sper­rins Pho­tog­ra­phy

Rally Swe­den or­gan­is­ers are re­lieved to have tied down a new lo­ca­tion for shake­down af­ter a num­ber of lo­cal res­i­dents re­fused to al­low the event to pass by their houses next week.

The pre-event shake­down test for round two of the WRC has been re­turned to Karl­stad this sea­son, af­ter run­ning fur­ther north in Hag­fors in re­cent years. But the or­gan­is­ers’ plans hit trou­ble when they found sig­nif­i­cant op­po­si­tion to the stage on the out­skirts of the city.

A new 2.72-mile shake­down test has been lo­cated, just over 10 miles east of Karl­stad.

Rally Swe­den boss Glen Ols­son said: “We have had many pos­i­tive calls sug­gest­ing new stages af­ter the prob­lems we had with our ini­tial choice. We are very pleased that this is now set­tled and we can fo­cus on mak­ing a great event.”

The com­ing week will be a cru­cial one for Rally Swe­den, with re­ports of not enough snow and ice on some of the stages. With plenty of grass show­ing through, the Karl­stad su­per­spe­cial was look­ing more green than white when MN went to press.

A source in Swe­den said, how­ever, that tem­per­a­tures are ex­pected to plum­met this week, freez­ing the wa­tered roads hard in time for the start of the recce.

In ad­di­tion to that con­cern, Swe­den’s place on the cal­en­dar is com­ing un­der pres­sure from well-funded events in Canada and Ja­pan. A full re­port on the fu­ture of the WRC’S win­ter rally ap­pears in next week’s MN.

Kris Meeke won the 2015 North­ern Ire­land Mo­tor­sport Award for the third time last week­end. Meeke ac­cepted the prize from AN­ICC pres­i­dent Robert Hark­ness (left) and chair­man Henry Camp­bell.

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