How Tanak spoiled Rovanpera’s Finnish homecoming
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How Tanak spoiled Rovanpera’s Finnish homecoming

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Kalle Rovanpera and Toyota went into Rally Finland as overwhelming favourites but came away as runners-up to a resurgent Ott Tanak and Hyundai. While it may have dampened the homecoming party, it still moved the Finn closer to the ultimate World Rally Championship prize

In Finland there is a concept known as ‘Sisu’, which roughly translates to ‘bravery’, ‘tenacity’, and ‘resilience’ in English. That is exactly what Ott Tanak displayed to pull off a stunning against-the-odds-victory at Rally Finland.

Bookmakers would have offered long odds on Hyundai causing a stir on the roads located in the Toyota World Rally Championship team’s backyard, where the formidable GR Yaris has been honed to the nth degree. Since returning to the WRC in 2017, Toyota had been undefeated at Rally Finland until the South Korean marque ended that hoodoo, leading from Thursday’s superspecial to Sunday’s powerstage.

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