Rally Sweden goes ahead with revised route

Major changes but round two of 2020 WRC will happen


Rally Sweden will go ahead, albeit with a heavily revised route including two days in Norway.

After a day of discussions and driving through the stages on Tuesday, representatives from the organisers, the FIA and WRC Promoter agreed to run the Torsby-based World Rally Championship event despite drier and warmer conditions than Rally Sweden CEO Glenn Olsson says he can ever remember.

Two-time world champion co-driver Timo Rautiainen inspected the stages and, based on his report, the revised schedule of stages was agreed.

The new timetable will include 112 miles of stages, with a single pass of Norwegian tests on Friday and Saturday – these replace the southerly Swedish roads initially planned.

The Torntorp, Hagfors and Vargåsen stages will be dropped – meaning Colin’s Crest will not be included on the route next week.

Thursday night’s superspecial stage in Karlstad remains, as does the Torsby Sprint test on Saturday evening.

Sunday’s Likenas test also stands, with the second stage becoming the power stage.

“It’s fantastic to be able to confirm Rally Sweden will go ahead,” said Olsson.

“Many people have worked extremely hard over the last few days so that we can reach this position, and I’m delighted that fans, TV viewers and competitors will be able to enjoy one of the WRC’s most spectacular fixtures.

“We will welcome fans into the forests as planned. Those who are unable to attend the event in person will be able to enjoy live global TV coverage on Saturday and Sunday, as well as the live streaming of all stages on WRC+ All Live.”