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||ŠKODA Fabia R5
Kalle 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.
Kalle first came to people’s attention when, aged just eight, he was filmed drifting a small Toyota rally car through snowy forests like an expert. Years later the video went viral on YouTube with more than one million views.
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.
On 2 October 2017 Rovanperä passed his driving test, 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 Motorsports for a full 2018 campaign in a Fabia.