Central European Rally: Rovanperä is almost there

Central European Rally: Rovanperä is almost there

Forced to win this penultimate rally of the season or not concede more than one point to Elfyn Evans in order to celebrate his second consecutive world champion title on Sunday, Kalle Rovanperä is reaching the goal. The Finn has indeed taken off at the head of the provisional ranking of the Central European rally. Victim of a puncture at the start of the day, Sébastien Ogier had to settle for 6th place.

Kalle Rovanperä (Toyota) has perhaps never been so close to his second consecutive world championship title. The young Finnish driver who had already benefited from an opportunity to break the champagne, in Chile a month earlier, but had let it pass, should not miss the mark this time. To be sure of lifting the trophy for the second year in a row, Rovanperä has two solutions, this weekend during the Central European Rally, the penultimate round of the season. The first is for the Finn to win, the second to not concede more than one point to his last rival for the title Elfyn Evans (Toyota).

Not only should the title holder this time not need to wait for an additional stage, namely the last of the season in Japan, to obtain the deliverance he is waiting for so much, but he should also add a new success to his collection. The youngest world champion in the history of the category is in fact crushing the race for the moment. And at the end of a first day which he clearly dominated and which saw him gain strength throughout the special stages, the native of Jyväskylä has a large lead in the provisional classification.

The struggle continues for Ogier

In the opener position, the world champion managed a small raid this Friday, by alone setting four of the six scratch times on offer. A little walk in the park which allows the leader of the general classification of the world championship to move 36”4 ahead of Thierry Neuville (Hyundai) and 47”2 over Evans before Saturday’s day, scheduled in Austria (Editor’s note: This rally takes place in three countries).

For Sébastien Ogier, however, the struggle continues. Victim of a puncture early in the day which led him to wonder whether he should continue this Central European rally or not, the Gapençais, eight times world champion, had to settle for 6th place, very far away (2 ’35”) behind Rovanperä. In the best case scenario, he can hope to finish 5th on Sunday but no more.

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