Kalle Rovanpera reigns on Thursday in Estonia

The young Finn prevailed in the morning in the 'shakedown' and in the afternoon in the superspecial that opened the event, placing himself as the first leader.


On Thursday he had a clear king at Rally Estonia. Kalle Rovanpera dominated the shakedown in the morning and in the afternoon the superspecial that opened the competition, placing himself as the first leader. In addition, he makes clear his candidacy for victory, in a test that he likes and in which he has an unbeatable starting position.

The young Finn was intractable on the first day of the Estonian event, but warns that “on Sunday we will see the result. In any case, as in every rally, I will do my best. This is one of the events where I like to drive and attack, so I hope we can fight. ”

Rovanpera beat local idol Ott Tanak in the morning by half a second, and in the afternoon over Craig Breen by a tenth. The Tartu superspecial, of less than two kilometers, has shown what the day of Friday can be if it does not rain. The drivers who open the track clean the gravel for those who come behind, and that is one of the advantages that Rovanpera can have this weekend. It comes out sixth and will find the roads in better condition than its predecessors.

A factor that has left the rest of the favorites that started in the front positions in behind, with Tanak sixth, Thierry Neuville seventh, Sebastien Ogier eighth and Elfyn Evans eleventh. But Thursday was the aperitif before three intense days of rallying down the dizzying and fast Estonian stages, incorporating more than 800 jumps.


1. Rovanpera-Halttunen (Fin / Toyota), 1m 42.8s

2. Breen-Nagle (Irl / Hyundai), at 0.1

. Suninen-Markkula (Fin / Ford), at 0.

4. Greensmith-Patterson (Gbr / Ford), at 0.6

4. Ostberg-Eriksen (Nor / Citroën), at 0.6

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