Media check new Super Special Stage in Karlstad
The sun was shining, minus 4°C and a couple of centimetres of snow. The conditions were perfect when local media was invited to have a flight in the biggest jump of the Super Special Stage arena.
100 km/h over the crest
followed by a 30m long jump was the main attraction yesterday when media tried the new Super Special Stage in Karlstad - from the co-driver seat - An experience something out of the ordinary, said reporter Mark Kipler.
All journalists present at the arena took the chance to partner driver Mats Karlsson in a thrilling ride through the stage in a 4wd Group N-Mitsubishi and no one seemed to regret it.
"I got surprised in many ways. Not only by the power of the car that accelerated to almost 100 km/h in just a few meters, but also about the construction of the jump that took the car off the ground earlier then I had expected," Kipler said.
Some of his colleagues didn't say that much afterwards, they just looked childishly delighted. Arne Johansson, the constructor of the stage, was also satisfied.
He has spent a tremendous amount of hours to create the perfect stage and followed the ride carefully before he took the chance to have a ride through the stage himself.
This year the Karlstad Super Special Stage will both open and finish the Uddeholm Swedish Rally. SS1 will take place on the night of Thursday the 8th of February and the competition finishes with SS20 and the prize giving ceremony in the afternoon on Sunday the 11th.
The interest in the Super Special Stage is huge. "The reactions to once again drive a special stage in Karlstad are very positive. To do this on the Karlstad hippodrome, with duels between the drivers on a spectacular stage feels extra fun," said Glenn Olsson, event manager of Uddeholm Swedish Rally.
Source Uddeholm Swedish Rally