Rovanperä will take a step back

Rovanperä will take a step back

Titled again a few weeks ago, Kalle Rovanperä (Toyota) will not participate in the entire 2024 WRC season. Like the Finn, Sébastien Ogier will also have a partial program.

After the last two necessarily intense seasons for him, marked by his two WRC titles, Kalle Rovanperä will be less present in 2024. Indeed, the double Finnish world champion will take a step back and will only do part of the races next yearbefore normally returning full time in 2025.

“Next year I will only participate in certain events and the main reason is that I have been driving rally cars for 15 years already, which is quite a long time, and while the last few seasons have been extraordinary, they have also been very demanding mentally and physically. So I thought it was time to take a year to recharge the batteriesthen to come back full-time to fight again for the Championship with a total attack,” explained the young driver (23 years old), in a press release from Toyota Gazoo Racing.

Ogier still part-time

For his part, while he already had a program set up for 2023, Sébastien Ogier will continue like this next season. “I really like the balance that this type of partial program gives me and next season should be quite similar in that regard. As long as success is there for me and for the team, I think we should try to continue in the same way,” explained the Frenchman, who played eight of the 13 rounds in 2023 (for three successes).

Therefore, given that the latter and Rovanperä should not be able to play for the title in 2024, Toyota will count on Welshman Elfyn Evans to obtain the drivers’ title, he who was vice-world champion twice recently (in 2020 and 2021). In addition, Takamoto Katsuta will be at the controls of the third Yaris. Very visible on his land during the Rally of Japan, the latter will therefore have a good card to play.

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