Saturday | 10 Aug 2019

Kalle finally nets home win

WRC 2 Pro winner Kalle Rovanperä said his Neste Rally Finland class victory completed the job he started at home 12 months ago.

Rovanperä was the class of the WRC 2 Pro field and guided his Skoda Fabia R5 to victory by more than four minutes from M-Sport Ford’s Eric Camilli.

In a similarly dominant display, the Finn led WRC 2 for much of last year’s event, only to be denied by suspension failure when he hit a rock in Saturday afternoon’s Päijälä speed test.

There were no such issues this time around. Curiously, Rovanperä’s biggest concern was the size of his advantage on his home roads.

“It does feel like I finished the job, that’s what we came here to do,” said the 18-year-old.

“But for sure this was not the most interesting job – when the competition is not hard any more and from so early, it’s not so nice. Usually you can take it easy on Sunday or something, but I started to do this from midday on Saturday already and it’s not so easy.

“Of course, it’s still nice to be leading and then win at home, but the feeling is not the same when you are fighting a lot. I was driving quite fast to keep the concentration, it’s easier to make a mistake if you go slow.”

Following his fourth class win in succession, Rovanperä now leads WRC 2 Pro by 38 points.


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