FIA de­mands fur­ther snow guar­an­tees

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De­spite the win­ter con­di­tions on last week’s Rally Swe­den, the FIA has told the or­gan­is­ers of Rally Swe­den it wants fur­ther guar­an­tees of snow-sure stages.

Last year’s event came close to be­ing can­celled due to a lack of snow and ice – con­di­tions which prompted the de­ci­sion to run out of cen­tral ser­vice in Torsby, 60 miles north of the 2016 base in Karl­stad.

Last sea­son, nine stages were can­celled, but this year not one was lost be­cause of the con­di­tions. But FIA rally di­rec­tor Jarmo Ma­ho­nen said the is­sue was one of safety as much as spec­ta­cle.

“This rally has to be snowsafe,” he told MN. “That is not an op­tion and we will be firm on that. When we have snow­banks they make the event much more safe.”

Rally Swe­den clerk of the course Christina Lundqvist said her team would eval­u­ate po­ten­tial route changes in com­ing months.

“The weather is a lit­tle bit up­side down ev­ery­where right now,” she said.

Last year’s Rally Swe­den lacked snow in Karl­stad

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