Kalle Rovanperä didn’t participate within the Energy Stage of Rally Finland, affected by again ache after hitting a pile of sand the day earlier than. In earlier phases, the Toyota driver had pushed at a average tempo and averted bumps however a workforce spokesperson confirmed to the official WRC web site that he will probably be match to compete in Rally Catalonia this weekend, after having already taken half in a day of testing final week.
“When he had his accident he hit the pile of sand and I believe his arms have been a bit crossed, and within the shock his arm was pushed again and he had ache in his again,” Toyota workforce boss Jari-Matti Latvala defined throughout Rally Finland. “He went to the physician and the whole lot was advantageous, however in fact the muscle tissues actually tightened and he did not really feel very comfy driving.”
For Rovanperä’s first season within the WRC, the journey to Catalonia was not on this system final 12 months (because it needed to be, based on the precept of rotation, the German spherical, lastly canceled as a consequence of COVID) , and he’ll due to this fact take part within the occasion for the primary time within the class this weekend.
He’s delighted that it not has a combined floor and has change into a 100% asphalt rally, despite the fact that it gained there in 2018 on the decrease degree. “I’ve ridden twice in Spain, in WRC2, and I’ve all the time loved the times on asphalt right here, so for me it’s constructive that it turns into a rally completely on asphalt once more.“, rejoices the one who gained his first two rallies within the WRC class this 12 months, on gravel each time.
“The roads are very quick, there’s a good tempo and it is totally different from the roads you normally have on asphalt. It is extra like driving on the circuit and it’s important to be very exact, however when you’re good , it’s totally good. The traits have been fairly totally different in Ypres however I had an excellent feeling within the automobile on the asphalt. I hope to have them once more in Spain and that we are able to battle for an excellent outcome, for us and for the workforce. “