The Toyota driver headed to Finland in a wealthy run of kind after scoring a maiden win at Estonia in July adopted by a podium in Belgium, and a victory final day trip on the Acropolis Rally.
Nonetheless, the Finn had struggled with automotive set-up for his first WRC try at Rally Finland and was unable match the outright tempo of the Hyundais of Ott Tanak and Craig Breen, and Toyota’s Elfyn Evans.
Sitting fourth general however nonetheless within the combine, Rovanpera’s rally got here to an abrupt finish on Stage 10 when he misplaced the rear of his Yaris. Within the strategy of attempting to right the tankslapper the automotive ploughed right into a pile of sand that was defending a telegraph pole, inflicting important harm to the entrance of the Toyota.
Rovanpera and co-driver Jonne Halttunen have been unhurt within the influence however it’s unclear if the automotive shall be repaired intime to rejoin the rally on Sunday.
“It was only a actually easy nook, the left one, we went in and the lower pulled us actually sideways and I had solely two choices, strive to put it aside or pray it might spin into the within bushes,” mentioned Rovanpera, who turned 21-years-old on Friday.
“I attempted to put it aside however we didn’t have sufficient area to do it and we went to the opposite facet the place the sand pile was.
“I feel the [telegraph] pole would have damaged down [if the sand was not there and we hit that] and perhaps not such massive harm, however anyway it’s not scenario to be in.
Kalle Rovanperä, Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT
Picture by: Toyota Racing
Requested if he felt the burden of the strain because the pre-event favorite, he added: “Really I didn’t really feel it [the pressure] a lot.
“I don’t know if I used to be serious about it with out serious about it however I didn’t really feel it.
“I felt fairly good all weekend however after all the driving was not so good with the automotive. The sensation was not simple and we needed to push lots all the time.”
Toyota boss Jari-Matti Latvala is assured Rovanpera will bounce again from the frustration and be in a a lot stronger place when he returns to Rally Finland subsequent yr.
“We’ve got to do not forget that he was right here in a world rally automotive for the primary time at Rally Finland and expertise is one thing you possibly can’t purchase,” mentioned Latvala.
“Though he gained at Acropolis, the rally had not been pushed for eight years and now in Finland the fellows he’s preventing with have accomplished this occasion many instances.
“I’m certain he shall be a lot stronger and able to struggle for the victory subsequent yr.”