Mikko Hirvonen's hopes of a strong result in Sweden failed to materialise at last weekend’s rally.
The only true winter rally, and by ‘winter’ we mean snow, ice and temperatures south of -25 degrees centigrade, Sweden returns to its traditional spot as the second rally of the WRC season. The route remains largely unaltered, except for a fantastic new cross-border stage when competitors venture over into Norway in a day-night stage. Karlstad is the host city although the permanent service park is located 85 kilometres away in the outskirts of Hagfors, which provides easier access to the forests of the Varmland and Dalarna regions where most of the competitive action will take place.
Official FIA Drivers' Championship Standings: wrc.com/results