is located outside the city of Rovaniemi until 28 February at temperatures that can drop to -30 degrees Celsius Arctic Rally Finland will be the only snow meeting on the calendar after Rally Sweden was canceled due to COVID-19

The confirmation of the rally’s inclusion on the WRC calendar means that the series will travel to Finland twice this season, the other between May 29 July and 1 August at the Rally Finland

“As it was confirmed in December that the Rally Sweden would not take place, we worked intensively with AKK Sports, the city of Rovaniemi and the enthusiasts there to try to make this event possible,” explained the managing director of WRC Promoter Jona Siebel

“It was a tough race against time and I thank everyone involved. Although the rally starts in just 44 days, we know that AKK will leave no stone unturned to ensure that they maintain the same high standards as the traditional summer Rally Finland reached

“Winter rallies are among the most spectacular activities in sport. A winter wonderland with full snow and large snow banks along the roads are a driver’s dream”

There is a traditional shakedown stage on the Friday morning of the event, followed by the opening special stages later that evening

On the Saturday before the tests on Sunday, two loops with three stages will follow, including the Power Stage bonus points. In total, the crews will cover 260 km

FIA Rally Director Yves Matton confirmed it will run under strict COVID-19 procedures, although a decision has not yet been made on whether fans can watch

“With the Arctic Rally Finland joining the WRC calendar, we are witnessing a rally in a region that has always made us dream and where the conditions are ideal for a snow event,” he said

“After the unfortunate cancellation of Rally Sweden in December, this is proof that challenges can be associated with opportunities. I would like to thank AKK and the organizing team for their dedication, professionalism and determination, which enable them to achieve within a short time Time to achieve a second round in Finland, ”added the Belgian

“We will all give our help and support to ensure a great success for this new round”

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World news – FI – The Arctic Rally Finland replaces Sweden in the WRC calendar