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    Safari Rally win the “hardest” of my WRC profession

    The 21-year-old produced an virtually excellent drive in arguably the hardest levels the WRC encounters throughout its 13-round championship.

    Rovanpera and co-driver Jonne Halttunen accomplished the 19 levels with a 52.8s margin over team-mate Elfyn Evans, whereas Toyota locked out the highest 4 positions, with Takamoto Katsuta third and Sebastien Ogier fourth.

    A fourth win from six rounds got here regardless of beginning first on the notoriously tough roads that characteristic sections of deep fesh-fesh sand that require cautious navigation.

    “I’ve to say, this was the toughest rally I’ve ever completed and to be sincere we simply must thank the crew,” stated Rovanpera.

    “In fact it [the win] is sort of essential as a result of it’s a particular occasion. You recognize, when you handle to win it, it’s fairly good and for Toyota it has been an essential race.

    “I feel it’s the hardest due to how a lot it’s important to focus and handle the automotive to maintain it transferring over the fesh-fesh sand, there are such a lot of conditions the place usually you don’t have to take care.

    “Usually all it’s important to fear about is driving quick, however right here it’s important to handle to get by means of.”

    Kalle Rovanpera, Jonne Halttunen, Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Toyota GR Yaris Rally1 with the team

    Kalle Rovanpera, Jonne Halttunen, Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Toyota GR Yaris Rally1 with the crew

    Photograph by: Toyota Racing

    The victory arrived regardless of Rovanpera feeling unwell on Saturday morning, simply hours earlier than stamping his authority on the occasion by mastering moist and muddy circumstances after a sudden downpour.

    “I don’t know [what happened] however noon yesterday I had a sense the place I had no power,” he added. “I heard that fairly just a few folks within the service park had the identical and typically if you come to a rustic like this, you possibly can have some points, nevertheless it was good that I felt a bit higher as we speak.”

    Whereas Rovanpera moved right into a commanding 65-point championship lead over Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville, the end result marked the primary time Toyota scored a 1-2-3-4 in WRC because the 1993 Safari Rally.

    After failing to land a podium within the earlier spherical in Sardinia, Toyota WRC boss Jari-Matti Latvala was extraordinarily happy with the work his crew put in, particularly after an engine scare following Wednesday’s shakedown.

    “It was 29 years in the past the final time [Toyota scored a 1-2-3-4] in Safari so if that occurs after each 30 years it’s a very uncommon scenario. For certain, I will be actually happy with the crew and the drivers, the work they’ve completed is absolutely wonderful,” stated Latvala.

    “The drivers had been driving precisely the best way this type of rally have to be pushed. It’s not the quickest however the smartest method.

    “I feel it’s simply the work that we have now completed. I can let you know after shakedown the drivers got here again and had a sense that the engines had been fairly sizzling and we had been a little bit bit scared after the shakedown, however all of the work the crew did paid off.

    “It’s not a matter of luck however a matter of how nicely you put together.”

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