Lindholm on Rally Sweden: “No free seconds available”
12 February 2020
With TGS Worldwide’s Škoda competing Team GRX’s Emil Lindholm and Mikael Korhonen will start the shortened Rally Sweden this upcoming weekend with confident minds. “The weather conditions are what they are but we will do our best what ever comes ahead of us”, Lindholm promises.
It doesn’t look good. In Karlstad, Middle Sweden, the grass is green and on Friday there should be a winter rally. The rally’s organisers have had to shorten the route and as it gets closer to the competition there still might be modifications ahead.
A year ago, Emil Lindholm, who placed 12th in Rally Sweden’s overall competition and second on WRC2-class, reminds that there’s no room to lose valuable seconds with fewer SS-kilometres.
“There isn’t that many kilometres this year so we can’t afford to give any seconds for free at any part of the rally. We have incar-videos from two special stages that we’ve been going through before writing pacenotes. We are going to make good and specific notes and drive fast. We are going into the weekend with a good feeling”, Lindholm smiles.
“It is a shame that the conditions are what they are. The route in Rally Sweden has been fun to drive. The Swedish road profile is pretty funny, quite a bit of long, round turns. Great feeling to drive if the surface of the road will hold up with studded snow tires. If there isn’t any snow we are still going to drive fast and without any mistakes whatever the conditions are. We’re going to go for the best result from the starting point that is given ahead of us”, Lindholm reminds.
TGS Worldwide’s Škoda Fabia R5 Evo driving Finnish duo will start the competition, according to current information, as the 21st car on the route, with starting number 28.
“There’s a chance our position could get better towards the top cars. We will find out later. If this is going to be a gravel competition we need to think about our car’s height and suspension adjustments again. It’s nice to drive a new rally right after we won the previous weekend”.
Because of the unseasonably warm weather and snow conditions Rally Sweden is driven as a shorter version this year. On the programme at the moment there is 11 special stages and 171,64 kilometres. The competition will start Thursday night with head-to-head special stage driven in Karlstad trotting track (1,9 km). On Friday there are four special stages driven across the border in Norway and again back into Sweden. Same special stages are driven identically again on Saturday. On both days there are only 63,68 SS kilometres.
On Sunday the final day of the rally, there is only one special stage, (Likenäs 21,19km) a Power Stage that is driven twice in a row. With an exception of Thursday all the competition days will finish around 16:00 Finnish time. With the newest information the Rally Sweden’s route might be shorter what it is now.