Kalle Rovanperä made history as the youngest winner of an FIA World Rally Championship round on Sunday after a masterful force at Rally Estonia, with navigator Jonne Halttunen at his aspect.
The 20-365 days-frail Finn is higher than two years younger than fellow countryman Jari-Matti Latvala, now his team predominant at Toyota Gazoo Racing, when he claimed the file in 2008.
After avoiding a fierce early discipline from Craig Breen, Rovanperä and Halttunen stormed certain on dusty and high-lumber tracks conclude to Tartu to decide out this seventh round of the season by 59.9sec in a Yaris World Rally Vehicle.
Rovanperä, who now lives in Estonia, smartly-known on the rostrum with father Harri, who scored his sole WRC victory in Sweden in 2001. At the fresh time’s decide used to be the first for a Finnish driver within the championship since Latvala won Rally Australia in 2018.
Rovanperä has persisted a barren lumber of outcomes of gradual with factual one high six create within the final four rounds, nevertheless his maiden victory promoted him to fourth within the championship standings with 5 rounds final.
Estonia is proving a glad-hunting ground for Breen – he has now executed 2d at each the rally’s two WRC appearances. His finest anguish came gradual on Saturday evening when he clipped a astronomical roadside rock and damaged his Hyundai i20’s front suspension.
The Irishman headed team-mate Thierry Neuville by 12.5sec. The Belgian’s hopes of reeling in his colleague had been damaged by a 10sec penalty after checking in gradual at a time administration on Sunday morning following technical issues.
Championship leader Sébastien Ogier executed fourth in a single other Yaris. The Frenchman ended 11.6sec on the back of Neuville, whine to get exact aspects in his quest for an eighth drivers’ crown after opening the roads where traction used to be at a top payment in Friday’s first leg.
Team-mate Elfyn Evans executed 43.1sec on the back of in fifth after by no map essentially attending to grips with the stipulations. Ogier now leads the Welshman by 37 aspects within the championship, with their Toyota squad placing forward its 59-point lead within the producers’ standings.
Teemu Suninen used to be sixth in a Ford Fiesta, despite a final stage move, whereas Pierre-Louis Loubet brought his i20 dwelling in seventh.
FIA WRC3 winner Alexey Lukyanuk executed eighth, despite a final stage roll which practically dropped him into the clutches of FIA WRC2 victor, Toksport’s Andreas Mikkelsen in a Škoda Fabia Evo. The pair had been separated by finest 13.8sec, with Mads Østberg in a TRT-lumber Citroën C3 finishing the leaderboard.
Flying Finn Sami Pajari claimed victory within the FIA Junior WRC Championship category on the series’ third round – his first ever victory within the championship. There used to be also drama within the final stage, as Martin Koci stopped with a suspected damaged driveshaft. Pajari heads Jon Armstrong from the usa in 2nd and Martin Sesks from Latvia.
The championship returns to asphalt subsequent month when Belgium makes its first WRC appearance. Renties Ypres Rally Belgium takes set on 13-15 August.
The stout final unofficial outcomes also can even be consultet here.