Insights on the WRC as it heads to Sweden

After an impressive start of the season at Monte Carlo, France, WRC crews will head to Sweden this weekend for round two of the world rally championship series.
Rallye Sweden is un doubtly the most challenging rallies famously known for its full snow and
ice conditions and being one of the oldest rallies in the world, the events always maintain its
iconic status.
Besides being a full snow event, temperatures alter the surface itself as well as the snow banks as conditions are always highly changeable and by so the event is famously dominated by the Nordic natives as the surface already suits their driving styles. As always tyre management remains crucial as ever more so when exposed to the gravel in the afternoon loop as studs from the snow tyres can easily be ripped o leaving the car with reduced traction.
Thierry Neuville started his season on top form during rallye monte carlo, claiming an excellent first overall after a faultless weekend. He leads the driver championship standings as the challenge heads to Sweden and will lead the Hyundai driver lineup alongside former winner Ott Tanak and Esappeka Lappi in the third car.
Toyota will feature Elfyn Evans, Takamoto Katsuta and reigning world champion Kalle Rovanperra who is just debuting for the 2024 season as he chose a part time program for the season and by so he is eagerly eyeing for a win in the selected rounds.
M-Sport crews are as well ready for the snow and ice challenge with Adrien Fourmaux who claimed an excellent fifth position in Monte Carlo leading the crew alongside Gregoire Munster who is still finding confidence in the Ford Puma car after a challenging season opener in France.
In the WRC2 category, William Creighton will kick o his WRC2 campaign hence tackling his first competitive event behind the wheels of the M-Sport Ford Fiesta rally 2 car taking up his prize for winning last year’s WRC title. Creighton will carry his experience with him to battle the likes of Oliver Solberg, Yohan Russel, Nikolay Gryazin, among others in the category.

Action will kick o on 15 February 2024 with a shakedown at Harkmak.

Elfyn Evans, and Scott Martin. Rally Sweden 2023 (Photo credit WRC)

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