Tokyo, July 19, 2021-(JCN News Line)-Kalle Rovanpera and deputy driver Jonne Halttunen became a history after their victory at the Rally in Estonia The youngest driver ever to win the FIA World Rally Championship: for the fifth time in a row, he won the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team.
At the age of 20 and 290 days, Rovanpera broke the previous record held by the current team leader Jari-Matti Latvala (who was only two years older when he won the Swedish Rally in 2008).
Rovanpera led the race in only two of the 24 stages, held on some of the fastest roads in the rally. On Friday, he won six of eight matches in a fierce battle with his closest opponent, and then he got rid of his opponent with a surprising result in Saturday’s game.
He entered the final day with a lead of 50.7 seconds, and finally extended the lead to nearly one minute-59.9 seconds to be precise-and performed proficient control in the last six stages.
The team’s fifth consecutive victory (the sixth of the seven rounds so far this year) is Toyota’s longest WRC winning streak in its proud rally history.
All three of the team’s cars entered the top five, with Sebastian Ogier and Julian Ingracia in fourth, and Elfin Evans and Scott Martin in fifth. In the Power Stage that ended in a tricky rally, Ogier, Evans and Rovanpera filled three to five places to earn additional bonus points. Ogier and Evans remained first and second in the drivers’ standings, 37 points apart, and Rovan Pera ranked fourth. Toyota maintained a 59-point advantage in the manufacturer’s standings.
Akio Toyoda (team founder)
“Kalle, Jonne, congratulations on the victory! You can finally go all out in the entire rally. I am really pleased, and I believe I am not the only one who feels this way. Everyone on the team must watch the crew After a difficult season, they breathed a sigh of relief. In other words, there may be someone…