Breen and Nagle could head to Finland in search of snow
Rally Sweden has not even started.
In fact, there are doubts if it will run at all due to a shortage of snow in the Varmlands Region.
The World Rally Championship’s only proper snow rally is anything but that right now.
An already much reduced timetable has been published by the organisers but as drivers returned from their recce yesterday, many were outspoken on the conditions of the roads.
Their concerns centre on the fact that drivers must use spiked tyres to contend with the icy roads. There is not enough ice in the area, meaning the spikes will destroy what ice is there and make conditions dangerous for fowling cars.
Conversely, the spikes will disintegrate on roads where there is no ice making the sudden arrival on a frozen road a treacherous occupation.
Today will be a long day in Sweden and drivers and organisers ultimately decide what happens. The best thing that could happen is a 24-hour snow, blizzard but even that is unlikely. Already, tonight’s spectator stage in Karlstad is reduced to a non-timed demo run. Tomorrow and Saturday will run almost entirely in Norway over the same loop of stages.
Whatever happens, it seems that Paul Nagle and Craig Breen could be travelling elsewhere in search of a full snow rally after several Finnish media outlets published details of their proposed participation in the Itä Ralli, the next round of the Finnish Rally Championship.
The Itä Ralli (Eastern Rally), in the town of Joensuu not far from the Russian border, takes place on the weekend of February 28 and 29.
Last week the pair were announced as a members of the MRF Tyres Team official effort on this season’s FIA European Rally Championship.
They will drive a Hyundai i20 R5 prepared by Italian team BRC Racing in the eight-round series.
According to Finnish media, Breen’s participation in the Finnish rally is at the request of MRF Tyres which is keen to get more winter tyre testing completed ahead of the start of the ERC late next month.