As of 2011 every WRC event will host a live broadcast stage, a “Power Stage”
In Rally Sweden, February 10-13, it is the final stage SS22, Gustavsfors 2, the attention will be focused on.
Not only will the rally be concluded there but the performance of the drivers on the live broadcast stage will also determine how the bonus points will be distributed. The three fastest drivers on the “Power Stage” will recieve 3, 2 and 1 point respectively.
In 1999 the FIA tested a variation of this in the events on Corsica and in Finland. The driver benefitting the most from this was Didier Auriol who won both those stages and earned an extra six points in the championship standings.
With a “Power Stage” in all the WRC events in 2011 there is a theoretical possibility for a driver to collect 39 bonus points. “Power Stage” could have an effect on the entire championship and might be deciding in the final calculations for the championship title.
In Rally Sweden it is on the last stage the bonus points will be awarded. 4,16k km short, Gustavsfors 2 will be the center of attention on the afternoon of February 13. According to the itinerary as it stands now, the stage will start at 15.06 (CET).
The cars start northwest of Gustavsfors and finish in the small village.
The stage is very challenging and the narrow twisty road offers plenty of corners and crests in both open and forested sections.
The stage ends shortly after the cars pass the Gustavsfors powerstation, wich is supplied with water from lake Knon via a very large and conspicuous pipeline.
The live broadcast stage of Rally Sweden will be televised in Sweden in TV10, starting at 14.30 on Sunday February 13.