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Ogier title hopes boosted by Rovanperä progress

Sébastien Ogier believes Kalle Rovanperä’s position at the top of the FIA World Rally Championship drivers’ standings reaffirms Toyota Gazoo Racing’s determination to land both 2021 titles.

Twenty-year-old Rovanperä became the youngest ever series leader when he finished second at last month’s Arctic Rally Finland Powered by CapitalBox in a Yaris World Rally Car. He holds a four-point lead over Thierry Neuville.

Toyota is 11 points clear of defending champions Hyundai Motorsport in the manufacturers’ table, and Ogier said his employer is looking stronger and stronger as Rovanperä continues to go through the gears to support himself and Elfyn Evans.


Kalle Rovanperä is currently leading the charge for Toyota Gazoo Racing

While accepting his team-mate might be the youngest factory World Rally Car driver, Ogier pointed to significant experience behind the wheel for the Finn.

“He’s young in age, but not in experience,” said Ogier. “I don’t pay so much attention to this ‘youngest’ thing. He’s part of this new generation, who has experience.

“He is a talent, but that’s nothing new and now with a bit of experience of these cars – and he was [competing] at home – he was strong and I think he was disappointed not to win in Finland.

“His was a strong result that could have been even stronger. This is good for us and for the team to have him competing and fighting even more at the front. Definitely the aim this year is going to be to win both championships,” added the world champion.

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