Encouraging debut for Kalle Rovanperä in the Porsche Cup

Having decided to only participate in a few rallies in 2024, Kalle Rovanperä chose to fill his free time by drifting in Japan and entering the Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux. In Zandvoort, the Finn had an interesting weekend.

Published on 09/06/2024 à 16:07

Loïc ROCCI

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Encouraging debut for Kalle Rovanperä in the Porsche Cup

Kalle Rovanperä was not ridiculous on his circuit debut (Photo: Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux)

At the start of the season, Kalle Rovanperä announced that he would compete in 4 of the 6 meetings of the Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux which is organized in Belgium, the Netherlands and Italy. Joined the RedAnt Racing team, the 23-year-old Finn qualified in 3e position on the starting grid for the round run in Zandvoort. Although he had started well, the race was immediately interrupted due to an accident. When she was able to resume, Kalle tried to maintain her 3e rank, but he was overtaken by two competitors. Author of the best lap in the race, the Nordic made a superb overtake on Paul Meijer to win 4e place, but he never managed to get back in front of Robin Knutsson to get the podium. In the end, Kalle ranked 4e 7'' from winner Dirk Schouten.

« I'm quite happy with how this first race went, did he declare. I had some problems with the car and the speed and that made me lose places, but I managed to come back. I was fast and there were a few battles interesting. It was a good start. I know that Sunday's round will be more complicated. I'm going to start in 6e position. I hope there will be a fight with overtakers. »

During the 30 minutes of the 2e race, the driver Toyota turned out to be less rapid than the day before. While the event was neutralized for 10 minutes following a crash, Kalle then failed to take 4e place of Sacha Norden. He finally finished 12'' behind Benjamin Paque, the winner.

« The aim of these participations is to learn new thingshe concluded. These are challenges that are interesting to take on. What I learned during this weekend will benefit me in rally. Driving at the limit always allows you to discover new things and that is very useful. »

The Finn's next appearance in the Porsche is scheduled for Imola on July 5-7, then he will continue with Latvia in the Toyota Yaris Rally1 (July 18-21).

Loïc ROCCI

Journalist specializing in rallying past, present and future... and with a southern accent

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