"Flat out" approach for Rovanperä

Seventeen-year-old Kalle Rovanperä has given an insight into what his approach to this year's WRC 2 Championship is likely to be in an interview with The Red Bulletin – a lifestyle magazine that is published by Red Bull.

The highly-rated Finn was unveiled in December as one of the drivers that will spearhead Skoda Motorsport's assault on the WRC 2 title.

Although he can only count two previous WRC outings on his record – Dayinsure Wales Rally GB and Kennards Hire Rally Australia, Rovanperä is clear about his strategy for the new season.

Commenting in the latest Red Bulletin, he said: "There wouldn’t be any sense in just driving. You either go flat out or you do something else.”

Earning a contract with Skoda at such a young age is reward for the hard work that Rovanperä has put into his rallying career since he started competing at the age of just 13.

Rovanperä made his WRC debut at Rally GB, days after passing his driving test

But his single-minded approach has paid off, culminating with him winning the Latvian national rally championship in 2017.

"It was difficult to convince people that I could compete, that I was good enough,” he recalled. "My father (former factory WRC driver Harri) had to ask for permissions in Latvia and Estonia.

"For me, going into rallying so young was not so difficult, because I had driven a lot before that. I don’t really know what other people thought about me beforehand, but afterwards I think they thought I was kind of okay.”

To read the full interview with Kalle Rovanperä in the current issue of The Red Bulletin, subscribe at www.newsstand.co.uk/theredbulletin or visit The Red Bulletin at www.redbull.com/gb-en/theredbulletin


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