Rovanpera harsh with his so far performance with Toyota in 2024

Kalle Rovanpera believes that he has not done a good job so far this season and explains that doing a full championship costs him a lot of his daily life.

The two-time WRC Champion decided to have a partial programme with Toyota this year and has participated in three rallies so far. His first outing of the season was Rally Sweden where he was fighting with Ott Tanak for the lead, but both of them crashed resulting in having to restart under the SuperRally regulations. At Safari Rally, Rovanpera won this event for a second time in his WRC career and secured the first victory of Toyota for this season. However, he made another mistake on his third competition with the GR Yaris Rally1 in Portugal as he had an accident in Stage 11 and once again he lost the chance to claim his second victory in 2024. His name has not been at the entry list of Rally Poland as Sebastien Ogier will drive the third Yaris on the seventh WRC round, which means that the Finn is set to take part in Rally Latvia next month.

"It’s different, having always the only target and the only pressure to win the title", Rovanpera said.

"And really quickly, when you drive for the championship like that, everything around your life goes… a lot of effort goes into it, even when you’re at home, or what you do before a rally, after a rally. 

"All the things are affected.

"And now I can just go do a rally. 

"Of course I haven’t done a good job this year – only one win. 

"Should’ve been better with the starting places, so definitely I don’t feel I’ve done well.

"But still, every time I go to a rally, I can just focus on one rally. 

"I try to win that one event, and then when I’m off that I’m again in ‘free mode’. 

"I don’t need to be thinking ‘one week after I have another race’ – it can be three weeks or one month like that".


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