Rovanperä cherishes the triumph in Estonia and the record

07/17/2021 at 8:54 PM CEST


The 20-year-old Finn Kalle Rovanperä (Toyota) is one step away from becoming the youngest driver to win a World Championship event after reaffirming his lead this Saturday on day three of the eight-stage Rally Estonia, where he stretched his lead with the Irishman. Craig breen (Hyundai) in 50.7 seconds.

The Finn, who leads with a total time of 2: 17: 46.8, stepped on the accelerator again to win the first and last two stages of the day that allowed him to widen the gap with a Breen (2: 18: 37.5) who couldn’t keep up.

Rovanperä He will compete in the final stage on Sunday with the aim of pulverizing another record of precocity. In his 20s, he is already the youngest winner of a WRC title, leading WRC 2 in 2018 with Skoda and, a year later, with Toyota, he became the earliest racer to reach a Championship podium. World Rally Championship with 19 years and 139 days.

In the tense race for third place on the podium, the French Sébastien Ogier (Toyota), current world leader, managed to cut 14.7 seconds with the Belgian Thierry Neuville (Hyundai) and will stake everything to the last test in the Baltic country.

The local idol Ott tanak (Hyundai) made up for the punctures suffered on Friday that forced it to withdraw on the second day of competition, with victory in the remaining 5 stages of this third day.

The Spanish Pepe Lopez (Skoda) closed the fourteenth round with a total time of 2:30:37.

The tournament will close this Sunday with a final time trial stage of 52.1 kilometers distributed in 6 stages.

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