Rally Sweden's fate to be decided in Thursday meeting

Rally Sweden's fate hangs in the balance, as Michelin called a meeting on Thursday afternoon in order to make a decision whether the event should kick off on Friday.

The prospect of the rally being cancelled was brought up by the organisers earlier this week after unusually warm weather melted most of the ice from the road.

However, they gave a green light to a shortened route, delaying the start from Thursday to Friday.

Several drivers, most notably reigning champion Sebastien Ogier, complained after Wednesday’s recce, which was mostly run with no ice.

As such, should the rally get under way on gravel, the road is at risk of being destroyed by the mandatory studded tyres.

Michelin, supplier of most of the main class competitors, announced a meeting on Thursday afternoon with the FIA, Rally Sweden organisers and WRC teams.

It is due to take place at 17.30 local time, when a final decision is set to be made over the future of the rally.

 

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Series WRC
Event Rally Sweden
Drivers Sébastien Ogier
Article type Breaking news