He Arctic Rally Finland, That will play from February 26 to 28, has become a new test of the 2021 World Rally Championship, the organization reported.
The new snow and ice race will be based on Rovaniemi and it replaces the canceled Rally Sweden as the only pure winter match of the World Championship. It will be the second test of the calendar, consisting of twelve.
Therefore, this Nordic country will host two rounds of the World Cup. The Rally Finland, held on the iconic roller coaster gravel roads around Jyväskylä, will be played from July 29 to August 1.
Rovaniemi, the capital of the northernmost province of Lapland, is located on the outskirts of Arctic Circle. The competition will take place within the region, where temperatures can drop below -30 ° C in February.
The rally will start on Friday, February 26 with a morning session, before the special stages that night. Sunday will end with the Power of the Wolf stage. In total there will be 260 timed kilometers.
The rally will be developed under strict national procedures, local and International Federation (FIA) covid-19 and the organizers will follow all protocols on whether fans will be allowed.
The general director of the promoter WRC, Jona Siebel, praised the work of promoter AKK Sports to organize the rally on such short notice.
“Since it was confirmed in December that Rally Sweden would not take place, we have been working hard with AKK Sports, the city of Rovaniemi and the enthusiasts there to try to get this event to fruition. It has been a tough race. against time and my thanks to everyone involved, “he commented.
“Although the rally starts in just 44 days, we know that AKK will leave no stone unturned to ensure it meets the same high standards as the traditional Summer Rally of Finland,” he said.
“Winter rallies provide some of the most spectacular imagery in the sport. A snow-filled winter wonderland and large snow banks lined the roads are a driver’s dream, so I think the WRC is in for a great ride. moment, “he added
The FIA rally director, Yves Matton, commented that with this addition to the calendar there will be a test “in a region that has always made us dream and in which conditions promise to be optimal for a snow event,” he said.
“After the unfortunate cancellation of Rally Sweden in December, this is proof that with challenges can come opportunities,” he said. EFE