WRC weather conditions: The Arctic Rally Finland going to capture our hearts in February

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Photo by Haanu Rainamo, fia.com

The weather in WRC is one of the decisive factors of the race. Unfortunately, the Rally Sweden was cancelled due to COVID-19, but the Arctic Rally Finland took this place very good. This means that we will visit Finland twice this season, another will take place between July 29th and August 1st. It’s wrong to think these both are same, cause Rally Finland and Arctic Rally have different conditions of rally racing. Toyota WRC, Hyundai WRC and Msport will meet all together through the special white magic, while Arctic Rally Finland going to capture our hearts by this winter wonderland. 


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WRC weather – “snow conditions” 

Snow – here’s what we’ve missed so much in the WRC 2020 season. This year is no exception. Winter rallies offer some of the sport’s most spectacular actions. Arctic Rally Finland will be the only way to face the stubborn white conditions. In temperatures that can fall as low as -30 degrees Celsius, we will start from the city of Rovaniemi and pass through the snow drifts from 26 to 28 February. The shakedown traditionally takes place on the Friday morning of the event, followed by the opening special stages later in the evening. There will be two loops with three stages on the Saturday before the tests on Sunday, including the bonus Power Stage. A total of 10 stages will cover 260 km.

Arctic Rally Finland- Santa Claus Meeting

The city of Rovaniemi is the official hometown of Santa Claus, or Joulupukki as he is known in Finland, and also attracts many tourists to see the stunning Aurora Borealis displays – better known as the Northern Lights.Although FIA’s rally director Yves Matton confirmed that the Artctic Finland rally will take place under strict COVID-19 conditions, a decision has yet to be made on whether fans will be allowed to watch.

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V. Bottas Arctic Rally, photo by wrc. com 

WRC Arctic Rally Drivers’ Skills Test

Back to WRC rally racing. We already know the current driver line-up for Toyota WRC, Hyundai WRC and Msport, but actually driving snow requires high score skills, and it also requires a smart head from all drivers, especially when it comes to racing. Another requirement is endurance. These three February days will serve as a test for Yaris WRC, Hyundai I20 and all rally cars as a challenge for drivers in the cold snow. 

Cherry on the cake of the Arctic Rally Finland. 

Only one thing is missing at the Arctic Rally to win all our hearts. Mercedes AG Formula 1 driver, Lewis Hamilton’s team-mate Valtteri Bottas in multiple practice sessions in rally racing. Moreover, he participates in the Artic Rally Lapland

 It may sound like nonsense, but V. Bottas’ participation in the Arctic Rally Finland could make this WRC lap incredible. Who knows, maybe anything is possible in this magical white WRC weather.