Kalle Rovanperä makes WRC history

The Toyota driver won the Estonian Rally and became the youngest winner in the specialty.

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Finnish Kalle Rovanperä (Toyota) won this Sunday the Rally Estonia and with his first triumph in the World Rally became the youngest victor in history with 20 years, 9 months and 17 days.

After being, among other records, the youngest driver to hit a podium in Sweden last year (third), Rovanperä broke the record of another Finn, his boss at Toyota. Jari-Matti Latvala, who was 22 years old in his maiden victory in Sweden in 2008.

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Photo: Jaanus Ree / Red Bull Content Pool.

At the helm of Rally Estonia since Thursday night, in the first of 24 stages, Rovanperä overtook the Irishman's Hyundai Craig Breen and Belgian Thierry Neuville, located at 59 seconds and 1 minute and 12 seconds, respectively.

“It is very good to get my first victory in Estonia. It is almost a rally at home, in addition, there were many fans supporting. It had been a not very good season in terms of results, but here we showed that we have rhythm and we were able to win ”, summed up the winner.

The French Sébastien Ogier (Toyota), fourth ahead of its first chaser in the championship, the British Elfyn Evans (Toyota) increased their lead from 34 to 37 points at the top of the drivers' standings.

Finnish Teemu suninen (M-Sport Ford) and the Frenchman Pierre-Louis Loubet (Hyundai 2C Compétition) finished sixth and seventh. The Power Stage points, meanwhile, went to the Estonian Ott Tänak (Hyundai), Neuville, Ogier, Evans and Rovanperä.

The eighth round of the championship is the Ypres Rally, from August 13 to 15 in Belgium.

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