Rallying has found its Max Verstappen
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Rallying has found its Max Verstappen

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A second-generation driver has lit up Formula 1 with a rapid and initially controversial rise, and now rallying has its own prodigy ready to shake things up

Kalle Rovanpera was looking just slightly ill-at-ease. Not for the first time, his father Harri's mates had got together and were talking about the old times. It was Attilio Bettega this time.

Competing at the Bettega Memorial, the Bologna-based rallysprint that runs annually to remember the Lancia driver killed while competing on the Tour de Corse, this was a particular stretch for Rovanpera: it's 31 years since the tragic crash which claimed the Italian.

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