The 2021 World Rally Championship calendar has seen additional revisions, with the Arctic Rally Finland added to the schedule, working from February 26 – 28.
The occasion, which shall be an ice and snow spherical primarily based in Rovaniemi, replaces Sweden on the calendar after it was compelled to cancel its spherical on account of the continued Covid-19 pandemic.
The brand new rally in Finland marks the second WRC occasion this 12 months that may happen within the Nordic nation, as a separate occasion, held on gravel roads in Jyvaskyla, will happen on July 29 – August 1.
Rovaniemi is the capital of Finland’s northernmost Lapland province and lies simply outdoors the Arctic Circle, the place temperatures can plummet to as little as -30 levels Celsius in February.
“Because it was confirmed in December that Rally Sweden wouldn’t happen, we’ve been working laborious with AKK Sports activities, town of Rovaniemi and the fans there to attempt to make this occasion occur. It’s been a troublesome race towards time and my thanks go to all concerned,” stated WRC Promoter managing director Jona Siebel.
“Though the rally begins in simply 44 days, we all know AKK will go away no stone unturned to make sure it reaches the identical excessive requirements as the standard summertime Rally Finland.
“Winter rallies present a number of the sport’s most spectacular motion. A winter wonderland of full snow and large snow banks lining the roads are a driver’s dream, so I believe the WRC is in for a good time!”
The rally will start with a morning shakedown on Friday, February 26 earlier than the opening particular levels on the identical day.
Saturday will function three exams pushed twice forward of Sunday’s closing leg, which closes with the Wolf Energy Stage. The ten levels will cowl 260km.