2014 WRC Rally Sweden Preview

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The WRCs only true Winter rally, Rally Sweden, gets started this week with the traditional Karlstad Super Special Stage head-to-head challenge around the Karlstad Trotting Track.

Shifted a day forward to accommodate the opening ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics on Sunday, this years' rally runs from Wednesday through to Saturday.

The 24 Special Stages cover 328,4km of the total rally distance of 1 528km, and are scheduled as follows:

Wednesday 05 February 2014

  • 08:00 - Shakedown Råda
  • 20:00 - SS1 Karlstad SSS

Thursday 06 February 2014

  • 10:54 - SS2 Torsby 1
  • 12:29 - SS3 Kirkenær 1
  • 13:04 - SS4 Finnskogen 1
  • 14:54 - SS5 Kirkenær 2
  • 15:29 - SS6 Finnskogen 2
  • 16:59 - SS7 Torsby 2
Friday 07 February 2014

  • 08:16 - SS8 Lesjöfors 1
  • 09:28 - SS9 Fredriksberg 1
  • 10:15 - SS10 Rämmen 1
  • 10:56 - SS11 Hagfors Sprint 1
  • 13:08 - SS12 Lesjöfors 2
  • 14:20 - SS13 Fredriksberg 2
  • 15:07 - SS14 Rämmen 2
  • 15:48 - SS15 Hagfors Sprint 2
  • 19:00 - SS16 Karlstad SSS 2

Saturday 08 February 2014

  • 07:55 - SS17 Hara 1
  • 08:33 - SS18 Torntorp 1
  • 09:07 - SS19 Vargåsen 1
  • 10:25 - SS20 Värmullsåsen 1
  • 12:24 - SS21 Hara 2
  • 13:02 - SS22 Torntorp 2
  • 13:36 - SS23 Vargåsen 2
  • 15:13 - SS24 Värmullsåsen 2
* all times are CET/Sweden local times.  For SAST add 1 hour

Here's a look at what Hyundai are hoping to achieve in Sweden, after their return to WRC at last months' Rallye Monte Carlo ended with failure for both Thierry Neuville and team-mate Dani Sordo.

By contrast to the misfortunes of the Hyundai Team, the Volkswagen Motorsport Team are probably most eager to get back to Sweden.

It was where the reigning World Champion Sébastien Ogier gave the teams' Polo-R WRC its debut win last year.

Ogier will also be looking to carry his winning form from Monte Carlo with him into the snow and ice of Sweden. Here's his teams preview of the Rally Sweden action (watch to the end of the clip to see the reason for the gap-toothed grinning Swedish WRC fan...)

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