Tuesday | 14 Sep 2021

How Saturday set-up aided Rovanperä’s Greece win

Kalle Rovanperä has explained how set-up changes made for Saturday helped unlock more potential from his Toyota Yaris at EKO Acropolis Rally Greece.

Rovanperä led the four-day encounter for almost its entirety to chalk up victory by 42.1sec last weekend, but built the bulk of his advantage during Saturday’s monster leg. 

Whilst many drivers complained of low and changeable grip levels on the rocky mountain roads, Rovanperä extended his 3.9sec Friday night lead to over half a minute after Saturday with four stage wins to boot. 

Speaking after the rally, the Finn explained how set-up tweaks made ahead of day three proved pivotal to his success.

“I felt really good on Friday,” Rovanperä said, “then we did some set-up changes, the stages were different on Saturday and then I felt even better. I was able to drive with my own pace and I could just enjoy the driving.

“It was something for the second pass – some protection for the second loop,” he continued. “We lost some traction, but we didn’t lose too much and we were quite safe.

Greece marked Rovanperä's second win in the WRC

The win - Rovanperä’s second in the WRC - moved him just one point behind third-placed Thierry Neuville in the drivers’ championship standings. 

Secto Automotive Rally Finland hosts round ten of the championship frmo 01 - 03 October. Asked if he felt any more pressure in the run-up to his home rally, the 20-year-old replied: “I think not really yet. The home rally is always different, there are so many Finnish people and this is the city where I normally live in Finland. It’s something special, somewhere you can really feel the atmosphere. 

“I think it will be a tight battle and hopefully we can enjoy the weekend,” he concluded. 

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