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Rovanperä: from Sunny Beach to Podium

01/07/2024

Kalle Rovanperä, along with co-driver Jonne Halttunen and the Toyota GAZOO Racing team, claimed a remarkable victory at the Orlen 80th Rally Poland. This win marks Rovanperä’s 13th career victory and a crucial boost for Toyota in the Manufacturers’ Championship. The reigning champion showcased exceptional skill and discipline, finishing 28.3 seconds ahead of teammate Elfyn Evans.

Rovanperä expressed his satisfaction, saying, “It’s been quite an amazing week. Despite the minimal preparation, we worked hard and managed to secure valuable points for the team. It was a tough rally, but we avoided mistakes and enjoyed the challenging stages.”

Evans and Fourmaux Secure Podium Finishes
Elfyn Evans maintained a strong pace throughout the rally, securing second place. Despite a front-left puncture in the Wolf Power Stage, he managed to bring his Toyota GR Yaris Rally1 home safely.

Adrien Fourmaux, driving for M-Sport, achieved his third podium of the year. “It’s been a really good weekend for us,” Fourmaux said. “We learned a lot and managed to secure a podium, which is a great result for the team.”

Hyundai’s Struggles and Successes
Thierry Neuville had a challenging weekend but managed to gather crucial championship points. “It was a disappointing weekend overall, but we kept our motivation high and secured valuable points,” he noted.

Ott Tänak showed impressive pace, especially on Super Sunday, securing crucial points for Hyundai and himself. “Today we did everything we could. It was a tough weekend, but we showed our potential,” he said.

WRC2 Victory for Pajari
In the WRC2 category, Sami Pajari, alongside co-driver Enni Mälkönen, clinched victory in their Toyota GR Yaris Rally2. This marks Pajari’s back-to-back win following his success at Rally Italia Sardinia. Pajari commented, “It means a lot. We pushed hard from the beginning, and it’s a relief to win. A big thanks to the team.”

WRC3 Triumph for Matulka
Jakub Matulka secured the top spot in the WRC3 category, demonstrating excellent control and speed throughout the rally. “We pushed hard, and it was a great battle. I’m delighted with the result,” Matulka said.

Final Standings for Orlen 80th Rally Poland

  1. K. Rovanperä – 02:33:07.6
  2. E. Evans – +28.3sec
  3. A. Fourmaux – +42.7sec
  4. T. Neuville – +1:10.8
  5. M. Sesks – +1:47.0
  6. A. Mikkelsen – +2:16.6

WRC2 Standings

  1. Sami Pajari
  2. Oliver Solberg
  3. Georg Linnamäe

WRC3 Standings

  1. Jakub Matulka
  2. Diego Dominguez
  3. Nataniel Bruun

Upcoming Rally

Next up is the Tet Rally Latvia, set to take place from July 18-21. With more fast gravel surfaces awaiting, the competition is sure to be fierce. Stay tuned for more updates and exciting rally action!