Rovanperä on top, Ogier in the match

Rovanperä on top, Ogier in the match

Kalle Rovanperä won his second consecutive world championship title in 2023 and plans to compete in a partial program in 2024. Sébastien Ogier, who did not run all the races of the season, still ranks fifth of the general.

It must be believed that Kalle Rovanperä’s new status as world champion did not prevent him from achieving new great performances this year. At 23 years old and with only four seasons in the WRC, the Finn won a new world title in 2023 with more than 30 points ahead of Elfyn Evans. The latter is also subscribed to second place since this was also the case in 2020 and 2021. This year, Kalle Rovanpera was less dominant with three victories (Portugal, Estonia and Greece) or three fewer than during the fiscal year 2022.

But the Toyota driver mastered his strong times and better managed his weak times. The only small error to credit the Finn was his performance during “his” stage at home. Satisfied with this second career title, Kalle Rovanperä nevertheless announced that despite the extension of his contract with Toyota, he would play in 2024 within a partial program in order to breathe a little. Elfyns Evans and Takamoto Katsuta will therefore be Toyota’s best chances of winning next season.

Ogier alternera avec Rovanperä

For two years now and according to his own will, Sébastien Ogier (Toyota) has been racing in a partial program. And even without competing in all of the championship races (8 rounds out of 13), the Frenchman has not forgotten to win. In 2023, the eight-time WRC world champion compiled three victories (Monte-Carlo, Mexico and Kenya) and demonstrated once again that when he lined up for rounds, the native of Gap was not there to joke. His performances also pushed Toyota to offer him a complete program due to Rovanperä’s decision mentioned above, but the Frenchman declined.

Next year, the driver will therefore continue his special program where he will alternate with the reigning double world champion. Also note the 11th place overall of Pierre-Louis Loubet who is ahead of other French people like Yohan Rossel (15th), Adrien Fourmaux (20th, holder for M-Sport in 2024) or Nicolas Ciamin (25th). This 2023 WRC season was also marked by the death of Craig Breen (Hyundai). Engaged part-time, the Irishman succumbed to his injuries after a serious accident during testing just before the Croatian rally.

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