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What to expect from the WRC's venture to the Arctic

This week's Arctic Rally Finland will bring the World Rally Championship into new territory. And, almost without exception, the service park can't wait for the subzero challenge to commence

Kalle Rovanpera opens the door of his Toyota Yaris WRC, thinks about getting out, then pulls it shut. It's February, it's minus 28C and he's within the Arctic Circle.

Rovanpera is getting ready for the World Rally Championship's latest addition, this week's Arctic Rally Finland, and rarely has a new round of the series engendered so much enthusiasm, or attracted so many pullovers. But we should be clear here: the Rovaniemi-based event is a single-season stand-in for Rally Sweden, lost to the pandemic even before 2020 became 2021.

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