WRC – Arctic Rally Finland joins 2021 FIA World Rally Championship
The FIA World Rally Championship will enterprise into the Arctic Circle for the primary time subsequent month after WRC Promoter immediately added Arctic Rally Finland Powered by CapitalBox to the 2021 calendar.
The announcement means the Nordic nation will host two WRC rounds this 12 months. Rally Finland, held on iconic rollercoaster gravel roads round Jyväskylä, will happen on 29 July – 1 August.
Rovaniemi, the capital of Finland’s northernmost Lapland province, lies simply exterior the Arctic Circle. The competitors will happen contained in the area, the place temperatures can plunge under -30°C in February.
The town is famously generally known as the house of Santa Claus (or Joulupukki as he’s known as in Finland) and in addition attracts excessive vacationer numbers to view the gorgeous Aurora Borealis shows – higher generally known as the Northern Lights.
The rally begins on Friday 26 February with a morning Shakedown, forward of the opening particular levels that night. Saturday options three checks pushed twice forward of Sunday’s last leg, which closes with the Wolf Energy Stage. The ten levels cowl 260km.
The rally will run below strict nationwide, native and FIA Covid-19 procedures and organisers will comply with all protocols on whether or not followers shall be allowed.
WRC Promoter Managing Director Jona Siebel was impressed by Promoter AKK Sports activities’ willpower to organise the rally at brief discover.
“Because it was confirmed in December that Rally Sweden wouldn’t happen, we’ve been working arduous with AKK Sports activities, the town of Rovaniemi and the fans there to attempt to make this occasion occur. It’s been a troublesome race in opposition to time and my thanks go to all concerned,” he stated.
“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!”
AKK Sports activities CEO Riku Bitter is delighted at how shortly Rovaniemi embraced the thought of a WRC spherical at such brief discover.
“We got down to look into the matter and discover our prospects. Of the varied totally different choices, Rovaniemi, with its strong tradition in organising winter rallies, good fame as a world occasion metropolis and huge variety of enthusiastic and skilled rally-makers stood out,” he stated.
FIA Rally Director Yves Matton stated: “With Arctic Rally Finland becoming a member of the WRC calendar, we’ll expertise a rally in a area that has at all times made us dream and the place circumstances promise to be optimum for a snow occasion.
“Following the unlucky cancellation of Rally Sweden in December, that is proof that with challenges can come alternatives.
“I wish to thank AKK and the organising crew for his or her dedication, professionalism and willpower, which allows them to make a second spherical in Finland a actuality inside a short while window. We’ll give all our assist and help to make sure a fantastic success for this new spherical.”
The revised calendar is topic to FIA approval.
Photograph credit score: Haanu Rainamo