Evans: Ro­van­pera a year away from WRC

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Bet­tega Me­mo­rial Rallysprint win­ner El­fyn Evans says his ri­val in the fi­nal – Fin­nish sen­sa­tion Kalle Ro­van­pera – is ready for the World Rally Cham­pi­onship as soon as his age al­lows.

The 16-year-old son of for­mer world rally win­ner Harri Ro­van­pera beat Evans in one of the four races at the mixed-sur­face track at Bologna on Sun­day – but in the end the Welsh­man’s pace was too much for the Fin­nish Fi­esta RS WRC pi­lot.

Evans ad­mit­ted he was im­pressed with what he’d seen from Ro­van­pera.

“I was im­pressed from his first warm-up run, where I think he was fastest,” said Evans. “I don’t think there’s any se­cret that he’s done a lot of driv­ing, but still, to get into a World Rally Car at the age of 16 and drive it like he has done, it’s very ob­vi­ous he’s very tal­ented.

“The prob­lem he’s go­ing to face now is: where can he drive? He’s still too young to com­pete in most coun­tries and the real chal­lenge he has is get­ting ex­pe­ri­ence and get­ting out­side of the places he knows best like Fin­land and Latvia.”

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