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Swedish Rally: Chris Atkinson prepares for snowy debut

Snow is The Order of The Day For Atkinson Snow is not normally high on the agenda for a Gold Coast resident but for Subaru World Rally team driver Chris Atkinson snow fall has been high on his wish list as he prepares for his World Rally ...

Snow is The Order of The Day For Atkinson

Snow is not normally high on the agenda for a Gold Coast resident but for Subaru World Rally team driver Chris Atkinson snow fall has been high on his wish list as he prepares for his World Rally Championship in Sweden today.

On Wednesday night Atkinson got his wish of a healthy coverage of snow in the region surrounding Karlstad where the rally is based.

Atkinson completed his preparations yesterday with a final shakedown of his Subaru Impreza WRC2004 on the snow covered roads in the Swedish forests.

"The overnight snow will make the rally very interesting, while it changes the complexion of the rally after we have completed our testing and driven the roads druing recce it is good to see some snow around the place," said Atkinson.

"The snow coverage will really assist with tyre wear as we are using studded tyres designed for snow and ice which don't last too long on the gravel roads.

"Hopefully there will be more snow fall during the rally because currently the road conditions will vary significantly throughout the event as there hasn't been enough snow to completely cover all of the roads."

It will not only be the changing surfaces that Atkinson will be dealing with thie weekend, it is also adapting to the chracteristics of the Subaru Impreza WRC2004.

"It will obviously take time to adapt to the transition from the Group N (production) and Super 1600 cars that I have driven over the past couple of years to the World Rally Championship car. I am still getting my head around the extra speed and better handling but overall I am happy with where we are at," said Atkinson.

"For now our aim is continually get better and adapt with the car to then gain valuable experience over the weekend."

This weekend's Swedish Rally is divided into three legs over the coming days where the drivers compete in a total of 20 special stages across 359.87 competitive kilometres.

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