Ice, Wind & Fire
Snow doesn’t stop anything, in fact, it just makes for better, more exciting racing…
The motorsport season seems to come earlier and earlier with every year that passes. What once used to be a three to four month off season has been reduced to barely a month with events kicking off straight away in January. Not that I’m complaining!
This year my ‘proper’ motorsport season started just a week ago in a new location for me, Sweden and what a wonderful place it really is. It’s nice to visit a place that just seems to deal with everything so efficiently – snow doesn’t stop people getting to work or getting anyway for that matter. Preparation is key, everyone knows how to drive on snow and is equipped fully to deal with it.
That includes the drivers that I’d flown out to see. The FIA World Rally Championship was making it’s annual trip to the snow of Sweden and Norway. The world’s fastest drivers took to the ice – whilst no new manufacturers have arrived for the 2015 championship the pace was wild.
The event is as you would expect, well organised and with some very, very passionate fans. The atmosphere is totally electric and is easily up there with the likes of Le Mans and the Nurburgring 24H. Camp fires line the stages all with a different group of people with a different story to tell.
The act of seeing a car fly past is something that can only be described as logic defying. The cars here seem to have even more grip than on gravel as each one of their 384 studs (per wheel!) dig into the ice and snow creating extreme levels of grip allowing the drivers to fling the cars around in an aggressive yet graceful manner. It’s a pleasure to watch.
All I can really say is that you absolutely have to come and experience this rally. It should be on everyone’s bucket list.
See more from Rally Sweden, including coverage of the event at ShakedownMag.