Designated because the worthy inheritor to the “Flying Finns” since his arrival within the premier class in 2020, Kalle Rovanperä was fast to place his identify on the World Rally Championship checklist, with solely 14 begins on the highest stage. Final February, the Finn got here near dwelling achievement on the Arctic Rally Finland wherein he was crushed by Tänak for 17.5. 5 months later, the story lastly turned for Rovanperä, winner on the Estonian’s land, a victory synonymous with a file which enabled him to grow to be the youngest winner within the WRC this Sunday on the peak of his 20 years, 9 months and 17 days.
Rocked by motorsport since his beginning, he was solely 4 months outdated in February 2001 when his father Harri had received his solely world success in Sweden on the wheel of the Peugeot 206 WRC. Persevering with the Finnish custom, Rovanperä has additionally erased from the cabinets the file set in 2008 by Jari-Matti Latvala, his present boss throughout the Toyota crew since this 12 months. The file holder for the variety of WRC begins (209) had already dethroned one other of his good compatriots, the late Henri Toivonen.
Typically vital within the lifetime of a pilot, a primary victory, nevertheless early it could be, doesn’t essentially coincide with a profession topped with success and world titles, as evidenced specifically by the information blocked at a unit of Mads Østberg and even Francois Duval. Current within the ninth of this classification, Juha Kankkunen denotes together with his 4 planetary crowns and his 23 victories. Alongside the Finn, solely Timo Salonen and Colin McRae achieved the last word aim of changing into World Champion. Sébastien Loeb and Sébastien Ogier are additionally good counter-examples. If the Gapençais (14th on this rating) waited till 26 years, 5 months and 13 days to open his counter, the Alsatian (27th) did even higher (or worse relying on the standpoint) by successful for the primary of his 79 occasions, on the age of 28 years, 5 months and 30 days.