Rovanperä tired after his “most difficult victory”!

Considering the pace set by Kalle Rovanperä throughout the event, it is not difficult to forget that he had not planned to participate in this Rally of Poland, which he ultimately won!

Published on 30/06/2024 à 15:58

Michael Duforest

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Rovanperä tired after his “most difficult victory”!


The Finnish driver, co-driven by Jonne Halttunen, replaced at short notice Sébastien Ogier, involved in a road accident during reconnaissance with his co-pilot Vincent Landais. Rovanperä was therefore not able to prepare as much as he would have liked for the event, which marked his return to WRC for the first time since 2017. Having made his debut a few rallies later in the world championship, Rovanperä therefore had no reference on the Rally from Poland!

A tiring victory!

It was therefore necessary to carry out express reconnaissance on Wednesday and Thursday, before setting off for good in the event. There is no question of resting at the end of the special stages every day, the Finn has consumed hours and hours of on-board camera, in order to prepare as well as possible. The result is clear, Rovanperä wins another rally, after taking control for good on Saturday morning. At the stop point of the Power Stage, the world champion expressed his relief... and his fatigue!

Kalle Rovanperä (Toyota n°69), winner of the Polish Rally: “It’s truly an incredible week, and quite abnormal! We have worked very hard, I feel very tired! It wasn't a bad idea to come after all, we helped the team and took big points for the team in the constructors' championship, we didn't waste our time, that's for sure!

It was the most difficult victory of my career, especially in terms of the lack of preparation. It was difficult and tiring all the time, I was trying to concentrate on not making any mistakes. On a rally like this, where you have to attack all the time, it's not easy, but the result is there, and ultimately I have to say that we had a lot of fun! »

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Yves-Henri RANDIER

01/07/2024 at 02:58 a.m.

Impressive for an intermittent entertainer! Enough to make those who participate throughout the season complain, while throwing confusion over the level of competitors all year round.

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