Ostersund, Lulea and Umea have been all thought-about as doable venues for the WRC’s common winter occasion, with the latter attracting probably the most help.
Rally Sweden CEO, Glenn Olsson, stated Ostersund and Lulea had each “offered sturdy bids” to stage the WRC counter however, following discussions with stakeholders, “Umea is a extra engaging idea”.
“All officers and different lovers who’ve put in numerous effort and dedication over time ought to really feel proud that we’ve got managed to maintain Sweden’s place within the World Championship,” added Olsson.
The change of venue ends Varmland’s lengthy affiliation with the occasion, which was one of many first to hitch the sequence again in 1973.
Nonetheless, the occasion has been dogged by unseasonably warm weather in recent times, resulting in vehicles competing on roads that have been largely freed from snow and ice.
This yr’s assembly confronted a contemporary setback when it had to be cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions within the nation, with the well-received Arctic Rally Finland being referred to as in to fill the void.
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The FIA’s rally director, Yves Matton, welcomed the brand new location for 2022, saying: “Shifting up north was a should, given the challenges we skilled in the previous few years.
“I’d wish to reward the efforts of the Rally Sweden organisers for arising with alternate options and securing this promising new base in Umea for subsequent yr’s occasion.
“It’s the probability to make sure the right winter situations all of us dream about for a snow rally.”
Regardless of the information, Rally Sweden representatives have but to agree an prolonged settlement with the WRC Promoter past 2022.
However Olsson stated he was “assured” this might be signed within the weeks forward – a view shared by WRC Promoter’s occasions director, Simon Larkin.
“Winter occasions are one of many WRC’s largest challenges and Sweden has been a cornerstone winter occasion for the reason that starting of the championship,” he stated.
“We’ve got nice hopes for the longer term industrial and sporting growth of this new chapter for Rally Sweden in Umea, and don’t have anything however reward for the arduous work put in to make this occur.
“Varmland has been such a tremendous host for therefore a few years and we are saying ‘thanks’ to so many individuals and supporters.”