Rally Sweden: Škoda Fabia RS Rally2 driver Oliver Solberg kicks off WRC2 campaign

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The second round of the FIA World Rally Championship season marks the start of the WRC2 campaign for Oliver Solberg and co-driver Elliott Edmondson of Škoda Motorsport supported team Toksport WRT. Their clear target is to repeat last year’s category victory.

Among the 20 cars from five manufacturers entered into the WRC2 category are nine Škoda Fabia. Heading this group are last year’s WRC2 winners Oliver Solberg from Sweden and co-driver Elliott Edmondson sharing a Škoda Fabia RS Rally2 of Škoda Motorsport supported team Toksport WRT. “The competition will be even stronger than last year. But I have the right car to fight again for the victory on this phantastic snow tracks”, Solberg looks ahead.

Yohan Rossel and Mapo Motorsport’s Pepe López (Škoda Fabia RS Rally2), first and second in WRC2 at Rallye Monte-Carlo, decided to not include Rally Sweden into their WRC2 campaign, which by regulations is restricted to seven events out of the 13 rallies of the season.

In the past, the WRC2 winners at Rally Sweden mostly came from Northern Europe. This history puts local heroes Isak Reiersen/Lucas Karlsson, Finnish crew Lauri Joona/Janni Hussi and Gregor Jeets/Timo Taniel from Estonia – all with Škoda Fabia RS Rally2 – among the most promising candidates for a points scoring position.

But the unique conditions of the WRC’s only full snow event are not stopping Škoda crews from other parts of the world to enjoy the upcoming event, albeit not all of them are entered into WRC2. Fabrizio Zaldivar from Paraguay faces the challenge with Argentinean co-driver Marcelo Der Ohannesian. As well a regular at Rally Sweden, Rakan Al-Rashed from Saudi Arabia is supported by Portuguese navigator Hugo Magalhães. Drivers Alejandro Mauro and Ricardo Triviño both travel from Mexico to Sweden. All these competitors are relying on rally cars from Škoda.

Since 2022, Rally Sweden is based in Umeå at the shores of the Baltic Sea. The second round of the 2024 WRC season kicks off on Thursday evening (15 February) with a 5.16 kilometres show stage at the famous Red Barn Arena close to the city. On Friday (16 February), the teams will tackle another seven special stages. On Saturday (17 February), another seven special stages will follow before the final three special stages close the event on Sunday (18 February). In total, the 18 stages cover 301.76 kilometres.