Last year, the ROC announced it would be heading to northern Sweden, near the Arctic Circle, to host a snow and ice event on the frozen Baltic Sea.
On Tuesday, organizers confirmed that the event at the Pite Havsbad complex will take place on February 5-6, 2022 and will be open to a limited number of spectators.
A first batch of 3,000 tickets has been put up for sale in accordance with Swedish Covid procedures, with additional ticket sales depending on developments in the coming months.
“Following the new Covid regulations announced by the Swedish Public Health Agency, we will start by releasing 3,000 event tickets,” said Tobias Lindfors, owner of Pite Havsbad Group.
“It is important to ensure that tickets are available in advance for an international event of this magnitude which is taking place for the first time in northern Sweden.”
ROC also announced that former DTM and WRX champion Mattias Ekström will be making his return at the event.
Currently racing for Abt Cupra XE in the Extreme E series, Ekstrom will look back on the event he won three times individually in 2006, 2007 and 2009.
Ekstrom will join fellow Swede Johan Kristofferson, father-son duo Petter and Oliver Solberg, Tom Kristensen and Travis Pastrana as the first confirmed drivers for the event, with other big names to be revealed in the coming months.
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“My victories at ROC were some of the greatest moments of my career,” said Ekstrom. “For me, it’s special that the ROC is going to Sweden for the first time, and also on snow and ice.
“I’m going to have to take driver training to get used to cars and driving on a lake, as it requires a different technique than driving on a tarmac.”
In addition to its new off-road format, which is a nod to its debut in Gran Canaria, ROC is committed to making its first foray into sustainable Sweden, including using non-fossil biofuels and reintroducing cars. electric.
The event will feature the FIA RX2e electric rallycross car and the new 425bhp Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport, which will also provide an electric fleet to the organizers.
“This is a great year for ROC as we move towards more exotic locations and carbon neutral operations,” said Fredrik Johnsson, President of ROC.
“It’s great to have equipment partners ready to work with us on this challenge.
“Pite Havsbad really represents a throwback to our formative years in Gran Canaria.
“The frozen track will be our widest and fastest course and is a huge change from the big stadiums the ROC has been in for the past 15 years.”