|Date of Birth||01.10.2000|
|First Rally||2017, Wales Rally GB|
|World Champion titles||1 (2022)|
|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 WRC2 round.
He signed for Skoda Motorsport in 2018 and drove a Fabia R5 in WRC2, finishing third with two wins. Twelve months later he became the youngest winner of a WRC title by topping WRC2 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.
In 2021, aged 20 years and 290 days, he became the youngest rally winner in WRC history in Estonia. He added another victory to his tally shortly afterwards in Greece, before ending the season in fourth.