Rally Sweden: Rovanperä, what a debut!

Rally Sweden: Rovanperä, what a debut!

Absent in Monte-Carlo, Kalle Rovaneperä (Toyota), who should only compete in four rounds of the world championship this season, flew through the shakedown of the Swedish rally this Thursday to mark the debut of the outgoing Finnish double world champion. in 2024.

Kalle Rovanperä (23) did not come back to go sightseeing. For his big debut this season, this Thursday during the shakedown of the Swedish rally, second round of the season, the double world champion, at the wheel of his Toyota, immediately set the bar very high. The Finnish driver having decided this year not to defend his title of double outgoing winner but to only participate partially in the season crushed this meeting on the eve of the real start of each rally which can be considered as a test special .

Impressive on this route identical to that of the last edition, Rovanperä, who opted despite his young age for a partial program as the French Sébastien Ogier and Sébastien Loeb were able to do before him (Editor’s note: He should line up at the start of four rallies only) in order to discover the joys of the circuit (Editor’s note: He will line up on four of the six stages of the Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux), confirmed that he was never as comfortable as on the snowy roads leaving his weekend competitors far behind in his rearview mirror.

Neuville already left behind

Thierry Neuville (Hyundai), 2nd in this shakedown 1”6 behind the Finn and winner in Monte-Carlo last month, can attest to this, he who witnessed the demonstration from the front row of his rival, only 4th in 2023 but winner on these same Swedish lands in 2022. Esapekka Lappi (Hyundai), compatriot of Rovanperä, third at 2”6 from the Finnish driver who had decided not to compete in the inaugural Monte-Carlo rally even though he lives in the Principality, will not deny neither.

Announced as the big favorite for this edition, the native of Jyväskylä should be the man to take down this weekend in Sweden, where Ogier will not be present. The Finnish prodigy, who assures that he will focus again on rallying “for years to come”, once he has “taken the opportunity to test new things”, will have the opportunity to put another blow on the lead of his rivals this Thursday evening during the first special, scheduled for 7:05 p.m. French time.

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