KALLE ROVANPERÄ

Teenage sensation was just 19 at the start of his first full year as a factory WRC driver with Toyota Gazoo Racing in 2020. Finn Rovanperä came to people’s attention when, aged just eight, he was filmed drifting a small rally car through snowy forests like an expert. Years later the video went viral on social media.

Nationality FIN
Date of Birth 01.10.2000
Birthplace Jyväskylä, Finland
First Rally 2017, Wales Rally GB
Co-Driver Jonne Haltunen
Rally Wins -
Kalle on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/KalleRovanperaRacing/

The story so far

Rovanperä has rallying in his blood. His father, Harri, was a factory driver for several teams and won a WRC round in Sweden in 2001.

Because Finnish law doesn’t usually allow participation in rallies before the age of 18, Rovanperä went to Latvia, starting with rally sprints at the age of 12.

For the next couple of years, co-driver Risto Pietiläinen, father Harri’s former co-driver, had to drive the road sections. It didn’t stop young Kalle from winning the Latvian Junior Championship in 2015, following up with the main championship in 2016 and 2017 in a Skoda Fabia.

Rovanperä came under the patronage of manager legend Timo Jouhki, who sent him to the Italian Championship in 2016 for asphalt experience.

Rovanperä passed his driving test in 2017, a day after his 17th birthday, courtesy of a waiver by the Finnish government. He started Rally GB three weeks later and in the season finale in Australia he became the youngest driver ever to win a WRC 2 round.

He signed for Skoda Motorsport in 2018 and drove a Fabia R5 in WRC 2, finishing third with two wins. Twelve months later he became the youngest winner of a WRC title by topping WRC 2 Pro for the Czech squad.

He joined Toyota for 2020 and on just his second event in Sweden he became the youngest podium finisher in WRC history at 19 years and 139 days. More records surely lie in wait for the likeable Rovanperä.

 

 

The story so far
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