Stage 12 of Rally Sweden cancelled on safety grounds

The first stage of Rally Sweden’s afternoon loop has been cancelled on safety recommendations made by the FIA based on the high-speed nature of the test.

Stage 12 of Rally Sweden cancelled on safety grounds

After analysing the first run through the Kron stage, the FIA advised Rally Sweden to cancel the second running on safety grounds.

The statement read: "Due to safety reasons after analyzing the average speeds on special stage 0 ad on recommendations from the FIA, special stage 12 is cancelled."

This is the first time since the 2017 rules were introduced that a stage has been cancelled on safety grounds based on average speed.

M-Sport's Ott Tanak was the fastest driver through the stage, at an average speed of 85.65mph  – which was almost seven mph faster than any car has ever completed a WRC stage before.

This year, the WRC cars have more horsepower, better aerodynamics and centre differentials, which add up to the 2017 cars being the quickest over a competitive stage in the championship's history.

Having said that, Stephane Lefebvre, driving a 2016 DS 3 WRC, still broke teammate Kris Meeke’s 78.68mph record average set in Finland last year by 1.66mph.

The first stage of Saturday afternoon’s action on Rally Sweden will be the second running of Hagfors, with the loop consisting of two more long stages and one superspecial.

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