Ro­van­pera win sets up Fin­nish bid

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Kalle Ro­van­pera took an­other Lat­vian Rally Cham­pi­onship win on last week­end’s Rally Sarma and switches to the open­ing of his na­tive cam­paign in Fin­land this week­end.

The 16-year-old dom­i­nated Rally Sarma, win­ning every stage on his way to a 38-sec­ond vic­tory in his Skoda Fabia R5.

Now he’ll head to this week­end’s SM Vaakuna Ralli where he’ll com­pete against home­grown com­pe­ti­tion for the first time.

Ro­van­pera was granted a waiver to com­pete in the Fin­nish Rally Cham­pi­onship this sea­son and he heads to the Mikkeli-based event on the back of last week­end’s win.

“Com­pet­ing at home makes me more mo­ti­vated than ever,” said the son of one-time world rally winner Harri. “The rally in Latvia was sim­ple and ev­ery­thing worked as planned, but I was driv­ing at 100 per cent be­cause there is no point to hold back.”

The Finn ad­mit­ted he is look­ing for­ward to his home de­but.

“This is a new thing for us and I’m wait­ing anx­iously,” he said. “I will have a go even if it is dif­fi­cult when I have not done any com­pe­ti­tion on those roads. You have to drive a lot to learn them.”

Ro­van­pera wasn’t the only WRC star son com­pet­ing in Latvia last week­end. Oliver Sol­berg, the 15-year-old son of 2003 WRC cham­pion Pet­ter, drove a Peu­geot 208 R2 on the rally, but re­tired af­ter slid­ing off the road on the third stage of the event.

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