The Inside Line: Rally Estonia
Kalle Rovanperä. Could it actually be anybody else?
At this level, the Finn is operating away with the championship. He’s gained 5 out of seven rounds to date and now tops the standings by an enormous 83 factors.
Estonia was much more particular for the 21-year-old. It’s the place he claimed his maiden win in 2021 and if he carries on the identical kind, he’s on track to develop into the youngest-ever WRC champion.
Can he make it six on house soil at Secto Rally Finland subsequent month (4 – 7 August)? Only time will inform…
Most memorable stage
Kambja 2 – the Wolf Power Stage. The heavens opened and the highway become a mud tub, with many drivers describing the stage as probably the most tough of their careers.
Of course, excessive circumstances open the doorways to massive dangers – and dangers imply rewards. Rovanperä was already 38.4sec clear earlier than the finale, however he went the additional mile and took the stage win by a loopy 22.5sec.
Grip ranges had been so changeable that WRC2 winner Andreas Mikkelsen – driving a Rally2-specification Škoda Fabia – was third-fastest.
Roope Korhonen’s tempo on his FIA World Rally Championship debut. The 23-year-old was driving a Ford Fiesta Rally3 within the WRC3 class.
While an general consequence was by no means on the playing cards after energy steering points early on Friday, Korhonen gained all however one in all Saturday’s superfast pace checks. Had he been registered, the Finn would even have crushed the FIA Junior WRC regulars on some phases.
Photo of the rally
Rallying is large in Estonia, as you’ll be able to see from this image. Thousands of passionate followers gathered in Tartu’s Town Hall Square to witness house hero Ott Tänak go over the beginning podium.
You’ll by no means consider it
Robert Virves broke the FIA Junior WRC document for probably the most stage wins in a single rally.
He took 17 quickest occasions, bettering the earlier benchmark of 16 which was set by none apart from Sébastien Ogier in 2008.
The Estonian undeniably had the pace to win, however was hampered by broken suspension on the opening day. He clawed again over one minute, however finally settled for second general behind Sami Pajari.
Number of the rally
1 – the variety of stage wins Hyundai Motorsport claimed over the four-day fixture. It got here from Ott Tänak on SS20.
It was one other tough outing for the Korean producer squad. Fingers crossed they arrive again preventing in Finland.
Rally Estonia marked the first-ever feminine 1-2 end in a WRC class. Co-drivers Enni Mälkönen and Julia Thulin guided their respective drivers Pajari and Virves to the main positions within the FIA Junior WRC.
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