|Seb's recce car?|
It's not just the Brits who are having a wet Winter, this weekend's Rally Sweden is being forced to have a major re-route because they don't have enough snow, and the white stuff they have is melting, leaving behind soft, muddy gravel.
The organisers have now submitted a revised route comprising 13 stages, down from the scheduled 21 stages, and the competitive distance has been cut from 331.21km to 241.48km.
Colder weather is forecast later this week with overnight temperatures set to plunge to -11˚C around Hagfors, where much of the action is based, and organisers are hopeful further cuts will not be required.
The recce will also be delayed by 24 hours until Wednesday and Thursday. The pre-event shakedown has been cancelled, along with Thursday night’s traditional opening super special stage at Karlstad’s trotting track.
|Rally re-route underway|
Much of Friday’s action is based across the border in Norway, but the double run through Kirkenaer has been axed, leaving six stages covering 118.36km. Saturday morning’s Rämmen stage has been cancelled but will run in the afternoon, Fredriksberg will be driven in the morning but not in the afternoon and the short Hagfors Sprint stage has been scrapped.
However, both passes through Vargåsen (including Colin’s Crest) will take place and will be broadcast on live TV, along with Karlstad’s evening super special stage. Sunday will now comprise just a single pass through Lesjöfors and the live TV Värmullsåsen Power Stage.
And that's the good news! If the thaw continues then the rally might yet be cancelled. Fingers crossed.
On that basis, it looks as though Sebastien Ogier won't need his rather special recce car this week!