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Kalle Rovanperä, Jonne Halttunen, Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Toyota GR Yaris Rally1
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How Rovanpera showed his class above his WRC rivals in Kenya

Kalle Rovanpera may have switched to a part-time campaign for 2024, but he demonstrated he has dropped none of his World Rally champion credentials with a flawless victory at the Safari Rally, while this year’s WRC title contenders all hit trouble which has shaken up the championship contest

“I think you cannot do a better Safari Rally than what we did,” said Kalle Rovanpera as he clambered out of his Toyota GR Yaris after a dominant run to a second career Safari Rally victory. The reserved yet supremely talented double world champion is not one for making big statements, often preferring modesty when discussing his own skills and achievements. But on this occasion, it’s difficult to disagree with his claim as Rovanpera and co-driver Jonne Halttunen delivered one of the most intelligent and faultless performances ever witnessed on the World Rally Championship’s toughest rally.

The Safari Rally is renowned as a battle of attrition, where survival takes precedence over outright speed. Crews expect trials and tribulations while attempting to tame Kenya’s wild terrain, unpredictable weather and car-destroying roads. However, this wasn’t the case for Rovanpera as his “clever” driving coupled with a bulletproof Toyota left his rivals in the distance.

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