Rally Sweden Preview: WRC2

February 14, 2024Joe Moore

The second round of the 2024 World Rally Championship takes place this weekend with Rally Sweden. Find out more below. 

Championship Rundown

Yohan Rossel leads the WRC2 championship heading into Rally Sweden once again this season. As Rossel holds a seven-point lead over Pepe López. Both Rossel and López will not be contesting this weekend’s event. Nikolay Gryazin sits third in the championship, three points behind López and 10 behind Rossel. Nicolas Ciamin, who also won’t be attending this weekend, sits three points behind Gryazin. Stephan Lefebvre rounds out the top five in the championship sitting two points behind Ciamin. Lefebvre also won’t be attending the event this weekend. 

A Stacked Entry List

Rally Sweden is the first true stacked entry list for WRC2 of 2024. As Rallye Monte-Carlo had an underwhelming amount of stars contesting for points. This time around both Oliver Solberg and Sami Pajari will score points for the first time this season. After both contested Rallye Monte-Carlo but not for points. Emil Lindholm, Mikko Heikklä, William Creighton, Lauri Joona, Roope Korhonen and Gorg Linnamäe will make their season debuts. Heikklä has already won a snow event this season. Winning the Arctic Rally Lapland in Finland behind the wheel of his new Toyota Yaris GR Rally2 in preparation for Rally Sweden. Reigning WRC3 champion Roope Korhonen and Gorg Linnamäe will both also drive a Yaris Rally2. Lindholm will drive a Hyundai i20 Rally2 run by CHL Auto. While Joona will drive a Skoda Fabia. 

Rally Sweden Event Rundown

Over the course of the four-day event drivers will contest 300.1 km across 18 stages. Day one will see drivers contest the events shakedown and a SuperSpecial stage to kick off the event. The second day of Rally Sweden will have drivers contest 107.9 km across seven stages. The third and longest day of the event will see drivers contest 125.96 km across seven stages. The fourth and final day of Rally Sweden sees drivers contest 61.08 km across three stages.