The 29th annual International Icelandic Rally begins on Thursday afternoon and ends on Saturday afternoon. Contestants assembled yesterday to have their vehicles checked, which need to be in perfect condition before racing across the highlands.
Thirty-three teams have registered this year and there are two contestants in every team. Eight teams are British, six of which come from the Royal British Driving Sports Club which is operated within the British military, Morgunbladid reports.
Organizer of the competition, Tryggvi M. Thórdarson said the atmosphere is tense because all the Icelandic teams have to complete the race to have a shot at winning the Icelandic rally championship.
“The only route where we expect to run into difficulties is southern Fjallabak [in the southern highlands, north of Mýrdalsjökull glacier], which is in poor condition,” Thórdarson said.
Participants in the rally will cover 1,050 kilometers in total. On Thursday and Friday night they will drive through a special route in Reykjavík for viewers.
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