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Rovanperä, the youngest WRC winner

07/18/2021

On at 15:13 CEST

Finnish Kalle Rovanperä (Toyota) has become the youngest driver to win a World Championship event after reaffirming his dominance on the last day of the Rally Estonia to outdo the irish Craig Breen (Hyundai) in 59.9 seconds.Rovanperä, with 20 years and 290 days, beat the previous precocity record set by his compatriot and current Toyota Gazoo Racing team manager, Jari-Matti Latvala, who won the 2008 Rally Sweden at 22 years and 313 days.

The Finn finished with a total time of 2: 51: 29.1 and knew how to manage his advantage like a true veteran to end up winning without any kind of shock.

The third position was the Belgian Thierry Neuville (Hyundai), who was the most active next to the local Ott Tanak (Hyundai) in this last day, dividing the victories of the stages.

Neuville He was very close to Frenchman Sébastien Ogier (Toyota) in the fight for the podium and a 10-second penalty after being late for a stage start for taking too long on some minor repairs to his car could have ruined the podium to which he finally climbed.

Ogier, fourth with 1.24 minutes behind the winner, continues to lead the World Cup standings.

This is how the World Cup goes:

1. S. OGIER (Toyota) 148 points

2. E. EVANS (Toyota) 111

3. T. NEUVILLE (Hyundai) 96

4. K. ROVANPERÄ (Toyota) 82

5. O. TÄNAK (Hyundai) 74

moli / apa

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