Next year’s Rally Sweden will transfer north as Umeå becomes the tournament’s contemporary host city.
Umeå sits on Sweden’s east flee, bigger than 600km north of capital Stockholm, and has a stable carrying heritage. It used to be named the country’s high city for sport twice within the last three years.
It beat off challenges from Östersund and Luleå throughout an intensive 12-month search headed by Rally Sweden CEO Glenn Olsson. Uppermost in his mind used to be that the FIA World Rally Championship’s most efficient pure wintry weather fixture could perchance perchance guarantee snow and ice-lined roads.
“A more snowsafe space additional north is a fundamental requirement and being ready to derive historical weather files used to be central to the dedication,” said Olsson.
“Umeå’s strengths, in addition to to to a stable wintry weather climate, comprise accurate resort skill in mixture with provider park space and HQ on the Nolia replace stunning condominium, a shiny industry community and the aptitude to attract a few fans.
“Östersund and Luleå additionally presented stable bids and above all a gigantic commitment, but on the total Umeå is a more dazzling thought for Rally Sweden.”
The condominium boasts bigger than 15 assorted special phases within a 50km radius of town which maintain been previously been driven in national championship rallies.
For the reason that launch of the WRC in 1973, Rally Sweden has been primarily based in Värmland and Olsson said it used to be a ‘big disappointment’ to leave the space.
“Sweden is one amongst very few worldwide locations that has been keen since 1973 when the World Rally Championship began and Värmland’s big commitment and data maintain been mandatory on this.
“All officers and other fans who maintain assign in rather so much of effort and commitment over time could perchance restful if truth be told feel proud that we maintain managed to put off Sweden’s instruct within the World Championship. No matter all of the challenges over time, the FIA and WRC Promoter search for the aptitude in Umeå as a recent host city,” he added.
An extended agreement with WRC Promoter after 2022 is no longer yet in instruct as some facts remain to be agreed, but both parties are confident this could perchance perchance be signed quickly.
“Chilly weather events are one amongst the WRC’s most energetic challenges and Sweden has been a cornerstone wintry weather tournament since the foundation of the championship,” said WRC Promoter’s Occasions Director Simon Larkin.
“We now maintain got big hopes for the future industrial and carrying pattern of this contemporary chapter for Rally Sweden in Umeå, and do not maintain something else but reward for the hard work assign in to affect this occur. Värmland has been such an unheard of host for thus a few years and we’re announcing ‘thanks’ to so many of us and supporters.”
FIA Rally Director Yves Matton said: “Though-provoking up north used to be a must, given the challenges we skilled within the last few years. I’d cherish to reward the efforts of the Rally Sweden organisers for growing with choices and securing this promising contemporary noxious in Umeå for subsequent year’s tournament. It is a ways the possibility to affect sure the finest wintry weather prerequisites all of us dream about for a snow rally.”