The World Cup comes to Santa's house

The Arctic Rally Finland is scoring for the championship for the first time this weekend. Snow and cold, protagonists in the second appointment of the year.


Rovaniemi, the land where Santa Claus lives, is going to host the second round of the World Cup this weekend. The Arctic Rally Finland scores for the first time for the championship thanks to the coronavirus. The suspension of the appointment scheduled in Sweden due to the pandemic has led to this new scenario in which there will be a duel presided over by the snow and cold prevailing in Lapland.

The Arctic Rally is a winter classic that many drivers have used precisely to prepare for their participation in Sweden. Dani Sordo scored the win in 2010, but he will not be on this occasion because Hyundai has preferred Craig Breen to drive his third car. Temperatures of up to 30 degrees below zero await the World Cup stars who will once again compete behind closed doors as spectators are prohibited from attending.

Sebastien Ogier leads the Arctic Circle and may pay the toll of his leadership by having to clear the snow from the surface to other rivals to open the track. His teammate Elfyn Evans will try to repeat the triumph he achieved last year in the snow of Sweden, and there are also many who place the third Toyota of the young Källe Rovanpera as the favorite, as he knows the fast stages from having raced before.

On Hyundai's side, both Ott Tanak and Thierry Neuville will try to make people forget the bad taste in their mouths of the initial meeting in Monte-Carlo, and they have thoroughly prepared this test by competing in an Estonian rally on snow. There will also be many eyes on the debut of young Oliver Solberg at the wheel of a top class car. On Ford's part, the experience of local Teemu Suninen will be its main argument.

Although Sordo does not run, there will be Spaniards on the icy roads of Rovaniemi. Carlos del Barrio makes his debut as co-pilot for Paraguayan Fau Zaldívar, and the couple Miguel Díaz Aboítiz-Diego Sanjuán also dare with the Finnish challenge.

World of pilots

1. Sebastien Ogier, 30 points 2. Elfyn Evans, 213. Thierry Neuville, 174. Kalle Rovanpera, 165. Dani Sordo, 11

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