Each appointment in the calendar of the WRC has its peculiarity, but
without a doubt the Rally of Sweden is a special test. Held to half of
way between Norway and Sweden, it is the only rally in the winter
season and therefore the only test in which the tire studs are
present during 100% of its travel. A challenge for drivers and teams to
when it comes to finding grip in a race that has similar traits to the
Rally of Finland in what speed is concerned. the arrival of The new
World Rally Car, without a doubt promise new emotions.
The Rally of Sweden takes place since 1950 and is a fixed part of the
The WRC since 1973. The test has only been three times out of the Championship
World of Rallies. The first by the well-known oil crisis of 1974,
while in 1990 were the high temperatures that prevented its dispute.
In addition, in 2009, was not held. All in all, the test Swedish has always been
ground pilots scandinavian, at least until the last five years where
Sébastien Ogier with three victories has broken this hegemony. All in all, Stig
Blomqvist with seven wins is the pilot who has reaped more successes in the
Rally of Sweden.
The promoters of the Rally of Sweden wanted to give variety
your test and have announced that 58% of the route is new compared to last year. This
implies that almost 200 kilometers are new in relation to 2016, although some
sections have been used in previous years. All in all, the pilots
face a total of 18 special stages that draw a distance
total time of 331,74 miles. The test will start with the traditional
shakedown Thursday, which will be complimented by the also usual Super
Special on the racecourse in Karlstad. The three remaining stages has a format
more or less known.
The day of Friday, to dispute
in soil Norwegian, with the peculiarity of ‘Röjden’, special dispute
between Norway and Sweden. The riders will face two loops of three stages.
The day will close with the first pass to ‘Torsby’, stretch that will
times of the Power Stage and a stage which is situated in the service park, all time has sought a location further north to find snow and ice in abundance. During the day of Saturday, are vying for places like
‘Hagford’ and ‘Vargasen‘, stage this last of the famous Colin’s Crest. The Sunday
the double-pass by ‘Likenäs’ and the Power Stage put the finishing touches on the rally.
With the snow and ice insured according to what is seen during surveys, the first key in the rally passes by the tires from nails and its performance with the new figures of power of the World Rally Car. Although the Michelin X-ICE North 3 and the equivalent compounds of DMACK have more than 380 nails, it will be difficult to withstand the performance of the new machines. In addition, the new aerodynamic feature of the cars also will be a torture for the technicians, since they will be very easy to lose small hardware, aletines or bumper touching the snow banks. No shortage of spare parts.
After his victory in Monte carlo and with a background of three wins in the last four editions, Sébastien Ogier party as the rival to beat. However, the French may have the enemy at home, as Ott Tanak promises to be very fast in a rally with these specific characteristics. Elfyn Evans may be an alternative to both with the tyres DMACK, although it seems more easy that Hyundai is the plant face the leader. In fact, Thierry Neuville showed a remarkable performance in the first event of the season and Hayden Paddon has always been fast in this rally. Dani Sordo will attempt to join the battle.
Citroen gets ready to give a blow on the table after the modest debut of the Citroën C3 WRC. Kris Meeke and Craig Breen have that task, while Stéphane Lefebvre is competing this time with a DS3, 2016. Finally, Toyota wants to surprise without making much noise in a test in which Jari-Matti Latvala and Juho Hänninen move like fish in the water. To the list of drivers with World Rally Cars of new generation adds Mads Ostberg, while models of 2016 will be Lorenzo Bertelli and Valeriy Gorban, both within the WRC Trophy.
The battle in WRC2 seems to be focused on the direct duel of the Skoda Fabia R5 and the Ford Fiesta R5. By the side of the czechs is Pontus Tidemand as a pilot officer and Jukka Ketomäki as a rider to follow closely, although it is out of category. With the model of M-Sport to compete Eric Camilli and the signing Teemu Suninen, as well as the protected Toyota Hiroki Arai and Takamoto Katsuta. will Not be immersed in this fight Pepe Lopez, every time the Peugeot 208 T16 R5 terminal of the Calm has not been repaired in time after the problems we had in Monte carlo.
Sections and schedules of the 65th Rally of Sweden
Thursday, February 09, 2017
|08:00h||SD||Skalla – Shakedown||dividend 6.86 km|
|20:08h||SS1||Super Special Stage Karlstad 1 (WRC+)||1,90 km|
Friday, February 10, 2017
|07:59||SS2||Röjden 1||18,47 km|
|09:06h||SS3||Hof Finnskog 1||21.26 km|
|10:20h||SS4||Svullrya 1||for 24.88 km|
|13:20h||SS5||Röjden 2||18,47 km|
|14:27h||SS6||Hof Finnskog 2||21.26 km|
|15:51h||SS7||Svullrya 2||for 24.88 km|
|17:15h||SS8||Torsby 1||16,43 km|
Saturday 11 February 2017
|08:08h||SS9||Knon 1||31,60 km|
|09:17h||SS10||Hagfors 1||15,87 km|
|10:08h||ss11 state road||Vargasen 1 (TV) (WRC+)||14,27 km|
|12:58h||SS12||Knon 2||31,60 km|
|14:17h||SS13||Hagfors 2||15,87 km|
|15:08h||SS14||Vargasen 2 (TV) (WRC+)||14,27 km|
|17:45h||SS15||Super Special Stage Karlstad 2||1,90 km|
Sunday, February 12, 2017
|07:55h||SS16||Likenäs 1||21,19 km|
|09:58h||SS17||Likenäs 2||21,19 km|
|12:18h||SS18||Torsby 2 (Power Stage) (TV)||16,43 km|
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