Following on from a trepid rally in 2020 where Rallye Sweden only just ran by the skin of its teeth due to the lack of Snow, Ice and Wintery conditions; it was then hit again for 2021 by the global pandemic of COVID forcing its cancellation.
But now local Swedish news SVT are reporting the future of the event and its return to the FIA World Rally Championship in 2022 is also a concern for the Swedes.
Following the cancellation of Rally Sweden, The FIA and WRC promoter (Red Bull) begun to explore the possibilities of an alternative winter snow rally in place of Sweden. Finland was contacted about this a few weeks ago and various negotiations have now taken place.
The Arctic Lapland Rally (or Fell Rally as locally known), which runs around Rovaniemi, was initially singled out as a candidate for a Swedish replacement but alas is likely to still run at its original planned January date.
In light of the ongoing Pandemic that still affects many parts of the globe, Rallye Sweden which finances itself through the sale of tickets & passes could be forfeited from the 2021 FIA World Rally Championships. It is believed that the likelihood of COVID-19 still affecting the region of Värmland where the rally takes place is increasing and thus the organisers fear that the vital spectators that are needed to pay for the event maybe forbidden to attend.