by: Sharifah Namagoba
FIA President Jean Todt has expressed his appreciations to the organizers of rally Sweden for ensuring continuity of the rally despite weather changes.
Rally Sweden is an iconic round of the WRC with all snow roads going through the forests of Sweden and Norway.
However, the unique beauty was all lost after being hit by Unusual high temperatures.
Due to the weather situation, several popular stages were canceled, including the Vargåsen Stage with the famous Colin’s Crest.
“I decided to come to Sweden to demonstrate my solidarity to the organizers that put a lot of effort to run the event due to the circumstances.
“A few days ago we didn’t know if this event would really happen. But it is the efforts of the organizers, FIA, and WRC promoter that it happened,” said Jean Todt who was talking to journalists during a tea session at the service park in Torsby.
He, however, says more planning is needed to avert such situations.
“I think we should have anticipated this three years ago that something would have happened.
“Clearly the Swedish rally has to be on snow. Unfortunately, for a few years now there has not been the snow we used to expect and love.
“But we know that we are facing global warming. That is why we put so much attention on the environment because of the consequences of climate change.
“So everyone has learned that from this experience, but the important thing the rally has run,” he added.
Todt further asserted that the Swedish rally will continue next year.
“This will not happen again. That is what we have been talking about with the organizers and promoter that we are going to take measures in order to ensure continuity with Swedish rally, taking into account what we have experienced this year.”
Elfyn Evans won the Swedish rally to land his second career victory as well as becoming the first British to win the Scandinavian event.
Reigning WRC champion Ott Tanak settled for second while the 19-year old Kalle Rovanpera sealed the podium places in third.