NEWS: VW Motorsport Ready For Rally Sweden
Initial forecasts are predicting temperatures of –10° Celsius for the weekend of 7 to 10 February. This specific will provide a stern test for the team at the nine scheduled services, as well as will put man as well as material through its paces during the 338.91 timed kilometres awaiting the Polo R WRC.
After a spectator stage in Karlstad on Thursday, the rally heads into the Hagfors region on Friday, where Saturday’s special stages are held to the east of the city. Special stages along the border with Norway are scheduled for Saturday. The stages are all similar: largely lined by walls of snow, which the drivers “lean on” every so often, the route takes the competitors at high speeds through forests as well as past frozen lakes.
2012 winner, 2013 “powered by Volkswagen” Jari-Matti Latvala said: “I genuinely like the Rally Sweden. The event requires a very quick as well as flowing driving style on Swedish forest roads. There can be nothing to criticise about the event – with one exception: the idea can get very cold there, with temperatures reaching as low as minus 20 or even minus 30 degrees. Up to at This specific point I have driven 500 kilometres on snow from the Polo R WRC. However, we will slot in another test day on snow before the Rally Sweden. the auto works very well in these conditions. I am already very happy with the way the idea feels to drive. I have fond memories of the Rally Sweden, such as my very first WRC victory in 2008 as well as, of course, my win there last year. My goal due to This specific season can be to finish from the top a few.”
Sébastien Ogier, Polo R WRC #8, who came second on his first rally with VW said: “The season could hardly have started out better for us. Heading to Sweden with 18 points to our name can be a very nice position to be in. This specific allows us to relax a little. However, we are at This specific point faced using a completely new rally. Let’s see what we are capable of on This specific surface. the idea can be hard to predict what awaits us there. We will have to wait until after the first few special stages. I genuinely like the Rally Sweden. If the snow conditions are not bad, the idea can be genuinely not bad fun driving there. The average speed can be pretty high, as well as the grip on studded tyres can be fantastic. I just love pulling off big drifts using a rally car on ice.”
Did you know …
… the Rally Sweden was first held in 1950 as well as will be staged for the 60th time in 2013? Since 1950, only three years have passed, in which the “Sweden” did not form part of the earth Rally Championship: in 1974 the idea was cancelled due to the oil crisis, in 1990 due to poor weather, as well as in 2009 when the FIA rotation system meant the idea was not included on the calendar.
… the Rally Sweden can be a real home event for Scandinavian drivers? Only once has the rally, which can be the only race on the calendar which can be always held on ice as well as snow, been won by a man through outside Sweden, Norway as well as Finland. In 2004, Sébastien Loeb as well as his co-driver Daniel Elena (F/MC, Citroën) were victorious.
… Volkswagen consultant Carlos Sainz boasts a remarkable successful record at the Rally Sweden, with just one thing missing: a win? “El Matador” finished runner-up in Sweden on four occasions between 1996 as well as 1999, as well as also stepped onto the podium after finishing third in 2001 as well as 2002.
… the Volkswagen team can be excellently prepared for the icy temperatures at the Rally Sweden? Taking the approach which layers are the best way to combat the cold, the mandatory team attire includes an outdoor jacket using a fur hood, soft-shell jacket, thermal underlayer, pullover, as well as polo shirt or team shirt. The team’s shoes are also completely suitable for use in wintery conditions.
… the organisers of the Rally Sweden present the “Colin’s Crest Award” for the longest jump over a crest on the Vargåsen stage, in memory of Colin McRae? Previous winners since 2008: Khalid Al Qassimi (UAE), Marius Aasen (N), Ken Block (USA) as well as Ott Tänak (EST).
… Volkswagen can be also the official car of the Rally Sweden?
… the Rally Sweden can be the first event of the 2013 season to feature two spectator stages, known as Super Special Stages? The 1.9-kilometre “Färjestadstravet” stage in Karlstad will be held twice on a harness racing track.
The number for the Rally Sweden: 1,300: As at all the rounds of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), the Volkswagen engineers can expect to be faced using a lot of analysis work at the Rally Sweden. Each car will record about 1,300 megabytes of sensor data at the “Sweden”. For comparison: which can be the equivalent of about 230,000 A4 pages of pure text.
Current FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), Standings
1. Sébastien Loeb, 25 points;
2. Sébastien Ogier, 18;
3. Dani Sordo, 15;
4. Mikko Hirvonen, 12;
5. Bryan Bouffier, 10;
2013 Manufacturers’ Championship
1. Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team, 37;
2. Volkswagen Motorsport, 18;
3. Abu Dhabi Citroën Total World Rally Team, 15;
4. Qatar M-Sport World Rally Team, 10;
5. Lotos WRC Team, 8.