Kalle Ro­van­pera scores shock sec­ond on R5 de­but

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Kalle Ro­van­pera turned in an ex­cep­tional drive on his de­but in a Skoda Fabia R5 – just miss­ing out on a Rally Ze­maitija win over Skoda fac­tory star Pon­tus Tide­mand.

Both were driv­ing Fabias run by Toni Garde­meis­ter’s TGS out­fit on what was a wet round of the Lithua­nian Cham­pi­onship. De­spite the tricky con­di­tions Ro­van­pera had the edge un­til he dropped time and the lead with a punc­ture.

“It was a great rally,” said the 15-year-old son of for­mer WRC rally win­ner Harri Ro­van­pera. “We had good pace for the whole event and lost vic­tory be­cause of the punc­ture.”

It was a week­end to re­mem­ber for Skoda Mo­tor­sport, with the Czech mar­que cel­e­brat­ing an­other Asia Pa­cific Rally Cham­pi­onship one-two for Gau­rav Gill and Fabian Kre­mer, this time Rally Queensland in Aus­tralia.

On Satur­day, Jan Kopecky took a third straight Czech Cham­pi­onship win on Rally Hustopece.

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