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Rally Sweden (2022)

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24 Feb - 27 Feb
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FIA rally director predicts WRC Rally1 regulation evolution for 2025

The World Rally Championship’s Rally1 regulations will undergo an “evolution” rather than a “revolution” for the next rule cycle beginning in 2025, according to new FIA rally director Andrew Wheatley.

FIA to address calls for WRC hybrid regulation changes

The FIA is set to take action in response to calls for regulation changes to prevent World Rally Championship entries being forced to retire from events due to hybrid failures.

FIA appoints Andrew Wheatley as Rally Director

The FIA has confirmed Andrew Wheatley as it its new Rally Director, taking over the position vacated by Yves Matton last year.

The African McRae aiming to become a WRC pioneer

Taking his first step into the Junior World Rally Championship category, McRae Kimathi - named after 1995 world champion Colin - found himself in the unfamiliar climes of Sweden's snow and ice. Having impressed, Kimathi hopes to blaze a trail to the top level of WRC and help other African drivers to step onto the ladder

WRC striving for two snow rallies in the future

The World Rally Championship is keen to add a second snow event to future calendars, earmarking 2024 a potential target to achieve this ambition.

Autosport Podcast: WRC Rally Sweden Review

Toyota’s Kalle Rovanpera has assumed the lead of the World Rally Championship following a faultless drive to victory at a new-look Rally Sweden last weekend.

Lappi surprised by his own pace after WRC comeback podium

Esapekka Lappi says he was surprised to be immediately on the pace of his World Rally Championship rivals after scoring a podium on his return to the category in Sweden.

WRC Sweden: The Good, The Bad and the brush with the snowbanks

Rally Sweden returned to the World Rally Championship in a brand new location - and it didn’t disappoint as Kalle Rovanpera emerged from a four-way fight to claim a third career win. Autosport reviews the highs, lows, turning points, close calls and heartbreak from a sub-zero thriller in Sweden.

How Rovanpera grabbed the Rally Sweden spotlight after the Loeb vs Ogier show

After a blockbuster opening act to the new era of the World Rally Championship with the battle of the Sebastiens at Monte Carlo, Rally Sweden would be the first chance to assess the next superstar of rallying. While teething issues with the new hybrid power thwarted some of the cast, Kalle Rovanpera’s display gave him headline billing

Sweden WRC podium “like a win” for Hyundai after Monte Carlo woes

Hyundai has declared Thierry Neuville’s second place finish at Rally Sweden as “like a win” following a disastrous start to the World Rally Championship in Monte Carlo.

Rally Sweden secures new two-year WRC deal

The World Rally Championship has confirmed Rally Sweden will remain on the calendar for the next two years under a new agreement.

Rovanpera makes Ukraine tribute after Rally Sweden win

Rally Sweden winner Kalle Rovanpera paid tribute to the people suffering in Ukraine following Russia’s invasion of the country this week.

WRC Sweden: Rovanpera clinches comfortable Rally Sweden victory

Kalle Rovanpera has ignited his World Rally Championship challenge by securing a comfortable victory at Rally Sweden. 

Hybrid issue forced Evans to retire from WRC Rally Sweden after crash

Elfyn Evans has revealed that a hybrid issue forced him to retire from Rally Sweden following a crash on Sunday morning at the World Rally Championship event.

WRC Sweden: Rovanpera closes in on victory, battle for second intensifies

Toyota’s Kalle Rovanpera appears in the box seat to win Rally Sweden despite losing hybrid power in a dramatic start to the final day that saw rival Elfyn Evans retire.

WRC Sweden: Evans crashes out after receiving time penalty

Elfyn Evans has crashed out of Rally Sweden just hours after receiving a 10 second penalty for his wild finish to Saturday night’s stage at the World Rally Championship round.

M-Sport unsure on cause of strange WRC Rally Sweden power issues

M-Sport is working to pinpoint its “strange" power issues that resulted in Craig Breen and Adrien Fourmaux coming to a halt in Saturday’s night stages at Rally Sweden.

Evans explains crazy WRC Rally Sweden stage end finish

Toyota World Rally Championship driver Elfyn Evans has revealed there was no panic inside the car after a wild finish to the Saturday’s final stage at Rally Sweden.

WRC Sweden: Rovanpera ahead of Evans after bizarre end to Saturday Rally Sweden
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WRC Sweden: Rovanpera ahead of Evans after bizarre end to Saturday

Toyota’s Kalle Rovanpera leads Rally Sweden heading into the final day after holding off a charge from teammate Elfyn Evans who ended Saturday afternoon in bizarre fashion.

WRC Sweden: Rovanpera leads Evans as Neuville loses ground

Toyota’s Kalle Rovanpera has reclaimed the lead of Rally Sweden after Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville lost ground in a pulsating four-way battle to win the World Rally Championship’s snow event.    

Hyundai frustrated as hybrid issue ends Tanak's WRC victory chance

Hyundai has described Ott Tanak’s Rally Sweden retirement as “very frustrating” after a hybrid issue out of the team’s hands ended the Estonian’s bid for a World Rally Championship victory.

WRC Sweden: Neuville snatches lead after eventful afternoon loop

Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville snatched the lead of Rally Sweden in the day’s final stage to become the fifth different leader after an eventful start to the World Rally Championship event.

Windscreen washer distraction behind Breen's WRC Rally Sweden crash

M-Sport World Rally Championship driver Craig Breen has revealed impaired vision caused by screen washer water freezing on his windscreen contributed to him crashing out of Rally Sweden.

WRC Sweden: Rovanpera leads Solberg on Friday morning

Toyota driver Kalle Rovanpera leads Rally Sweden from Oliver Solberg's Hyundai after an eventful start to the World Rally Championship's snow event.

The "painful" journey behind the WRC's generational tech innovation

As the company selected to provide the hybrid kits for the 2022 World Rally Championship, the pressure was on Compact Dynamics at the Monte Carlo season opener. Needing to treat all three manufacturers equally, it wasn't a straightforward process, but its first big test was a resounding success that bodes well for the future

WRC Sweden: Breen crashes out on Stage 2, Lappi leads on return

Craig Breen’s Rally Sweden hopes have been severely dented after a big off into a snow bank that red flagged the second stage of the World Rally Championship event.

WRC drivers predict Sweden could be "fastest average speed ever"

World Rally Championship drivers are predicting the new-look Rally Sweden could prove to be the fastest event on record as it returns to the calendar following its COVID-enforced 2021 absence.

FIA condemns racist abuse directed at Junior WRC competitor

The FIA has reiterated its stance against discrimination after Junior WRC competitor McRae Kimathi was subjected to racist abuse in the lead up to this weekend’s Rally Sweden.

The mentality shift key to Lappi’s shot at WRC redemption

He appeared poised to become the World Rally Championship’s new bright young star five years ago, but Esapekka Lappi's fortunes since his 2017 breakthrough win offer a cautionary tale of how the tables can turn. Now having rebuilt his career, the Finn is determined to make the most of his second shot at the big time with Toyota

Lappi: Fighting for podiums the minimum target on WRC return

Toyota’s Esapekka Lappi says he feels ready to make the most of his second chance in the World Rally Championship, revealing that fighting for podiums is his minimum target.

Podcast: Previewing the WRC’s return to Rally Sweden

The World Rally Championship heads north to snow banks of Rally Sweden, which returns to host the second instalment of the WRC’s new hybrid era this weekend.

M-Sport anticipates more Rally1 privateers in WRC after first Puma sale

M-Sport is hopeful of seeing more Ford Puma Rally1 cars competing in this season's World Rally Championship following the first sale of one of its new cars to a privateer.

Ypres Rally Belgium fills vacant 2022 WRC calendar slot

The World Rally Championship has revealed Ypres Rally Belgium will fill the vacant slot on the 2022 calendar.

Reindeer forces Rally Sweden to cancel two WRC stages

A herd of reindeer has forced Rally Sweden organisers to cancel two stages of next week’s World Rally Championship round.

Loeb: It would be hard to resist temptation of WRC Ford Puma return

Sebastien Loeb has admitted it would be difficult to “resist the temptation” of another World Rally Championship outing driving an M-Sport Ford Puma should the opportunity arise.

Bertelli withdraws from WRC Rally Sweden due to fashion show clash

M-Sport will field three Rally1 Ford Pumas when the World Rally Championship continues in Sweden next week after Lorenzo Bertelli was forced to withdraw from the event.