Kalle Rovanperä admitted he “felt really happy” after showing fine pace on last weekend’s Rally Estonia.
Young Finn Rovanperä had been competing closely against Toyota teammate Elfyn Evans and had leafrogged him into third late on Saturday night before receiving a time penalty after co-driver Jonne Halttunen had removed a radiator shield on from the car in a time control area.
This dropped him a minute behind his rival, but he came back on Sunday to win three of the days six stages including taking a stunning Power Stage win.
He said on his overall performance: “I’m really happy. My weekend was really good in terms of the pace and the driving. I think I did everything I could and I didn’t make any mistakes, even when driving on this very fast pace.”
“We had some bad luck and it was just not our weekend but that’s rallying sometimes. The Power Stage was quite nice, I had a big push there but it was still a clean run so I’m happy. A big thanks to the team because the car was great to drive.”
Rovanperä had incredibly also only be making his fourth top-level WRC start in Estonia and has already proved in 2020 that he is more than capable of setting stage winning times.
Next for the FIA World Rally Championship is Rally Turkey, which takes place next weekend.