the youngest world rally champion in historical past

the youngest world rally champion in historical past

The Finnish Kalle Rovanperä (Toyota) turned this Sunday, on the age of twenty-two, the youngest world rally champion in historical past after profitable the New Zealand race forward of his teammate, Frenchman Sebastien Ogier, eight-time world champion, who completed 34.6 seconds behind.

The Hyundai drivers needed to accept secondary positions: Estonian Ott Tänak certified third, 48.5 seconds behind the winner, Belgian Thierry Neuville fourth at 1:58.8 and Norwegian Petter Solberg fifth at 3:55.3.

Rovanperä, at the New Zealand rally.
Rovanperä, on the New Zealand rally.

Within the firm of his co-driver Jonne Halttunen, Rovanperä entered motorsport historical past with its sixth win of the season, which, within the absence of the rallies in Spain and Japan, give him an unattainable benefit of 64 factors over the second total, Tänak, and, due to this fact, mathematically assures him the title.

“It is an enormous aid after such season and right here we’re eventually! We needed to wait a bit, after some powerful rallies, however the largest thanks goes to the staff, who constructed this rocket this yr. Even in instances of difficulties that we had in some rallies, they believed in us and gave us all their help”, commented the brand new world champion after his victory.

At 22 years and in the future (he turned 22 this Saturday), Rovanperä breaks the report of precocity of a world rally champion, till at present held by the Scottish Colin McRae (who died in a helicopter accident in 2007), who in 1995 was 27 years previous.

Son of Harri, who was an expert pilot in the beginning of the century (he received the Swedish rally in 2001 with Peugeot), Rovanperä competes within the highest class of the World Rally Championship since 2020 with the Toyota staff and already in his second race he climbed to the rostrum, in Sweden, earlier than turning into, together with his victory in Estonia in 2021, within the youngest winner of a world rally, with 20 years, 9 months and 17 days.

The rallies in Spain (October 20-23 in Catalonia) and in Japan (November 10-13) will now solely serve to resolve which drivers will accompany Rovanperä on the ultimate championship podium.

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