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PWRC: SYMS Swedish Rally preview

SYMS takes on the challenge of Sweden The SYMS World Rally Team will run local hero Patrik Flodin on the Swedish Rally, who has secured a 'wild card' entry for the opening round of this year's FIA Production car World Rally ...

SYMS takes on the challenge of Sweden

The SYMS World Rally Team will run local hero Patrik Flodin on the Swedish Rally, who has secured a 'wild card' entry for the opening round of this year's FIA Production car World Rally Championship.

Flodin tested the new SYMS Group N Subaru Impreza shortly before the Swedish event, which runs from February 7-10, and he was delighted by the initial results.

"From what I can see of the team and the car so far, it is very good and extremely professional," said the 23 year-old Swede. "Obviously SYMS has very close links to the Subaru factory, so I think that we can be competitive enough the challenge for the Group N victory in Sweden."

Nonetheless, despite his experience on his home round of the World Rally Championship, Flodin is taking nothing for granted. This will be his third attempt at the Swedish Rally, with a best result of 11th overall in a Subaru Impreza WRC last year.

"As this is the opening round of the PWRC, there will be very many quick drivers this year," said Flodin. "I'm feeling quite confident, but I know that people like Juho Hanninen and Jari Ketomaa will also be very quick, as they have a lot of experience on snow rallies. Beating them won't be easy. I've also got a new co-driver, Goran Bergsten, so there's a lot to get used to!"

Despite some initial fears that there would be not much snow on the stages this year, a recent snowfall has guaranteed a decent covering, and more is expected in the week. Nonetheless, with several stages used twice, drivers will have to look after their tyres in order not to lose too many studs on the loose gravel.

For the time being Flodin's collaboration with SYMS is a one-off event, but he is trying to raise the budget to compete on some other WRC rounds later this year.

SYMS is a partner of STI, Subaru's high-performance division, and all SYMS parts are approved by the Subaru factory.

-credit: syms

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Series WRC
Drivers Juho Hanninen , Goran Bergsten , Jari Ketomaa