Rally Sweden bosses secure new shakedown route
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.
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