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The contenders seeking to take Rovanpera's WRC crown

As Kalle Rovanpera begins his World Rally Championship title defence in Monte Carlo, the Finn knows he has a target on his back. But who is best placed to knock the Toyota ace off his perch?

When Kalle Rovanpera takes to the start of the Monte Carlo Rally's first stage later this evening, he will do so in a Toyota GR Yaris Rally1 that carries the same number 69 he has used since he arrived at rallying's pinnacle in 2020. But even though he's elected not to use the number one that is his exclusive privilege to carry as the reigning champion, the Finn will still be the man that everybody is wanting to beat.

His tally of six wins from 2022 means it will take a brave individual to bet against Rovanpera, but he recognises that the stakes have shifted somewhat this year. Make no mistake, he's not counting his chickens. And nor is Toyota team boss Jari-Matti Latvala.

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