october 08, 2018 - Skoda Racing

Wales Rally GB - ŠKODA junior Kalle Rovanperä wins WRC 2 ahead of teammate Pontus Tidemand

  • Kalle Rovanperä/Jonne Halttunen, driving a ŠKODA FABIA R5, achieved a start-to-finish victory in the WRC 2 category at the elEventh round of the FIA World Rally Championship
  • With second place reigning WRC 2 champions #pontustidemand and co-driver Jonas Andersson secured the season’s third double victory in WRC 2 for ŠKODA Motorsport
  • So far ŠKODA crews scored ten WRC 2 victories out of eleven rounds of the FIA World Rally Championship 2018

Deeside, 7 October 2018 – ŠKODA junior #kallerovanpera and co-driver Jonne Halttunen (FIN/FIN) achieved a start-to-finish victory in the WRC 2 category at #walesrallygb, the elEventh round of the 2018 FIA World Rally Championship. With second place, teammates Pontus Tidemand/Jonas Andersson (SWE/SWE) secured the season’s third double victory in the WRC 2 category for ŠKODA Motorsport. After the recent Rally Turkey, the Czech Brand had already prematurely won the WRC 2 Championship for Teams, for the fourth time in a row (subject to official publication of the results by the FIA). The 2018 WRC 2 Championship for Drivers will be decided between ŠKODA’s overall leader Jan Kopecký, who as planned did not compete in Wales, and teammate #pontustidemand.

Having celebrated his 18 th birthday during Monday’s pre-Event test in Wales, ŠKODA youngster #kallerovanpera took the WRC 2 lead already on Thursday during the first special stage of #walesrallygb and defended it until the finish line in Llandudno at the coastline of the Atlantic. He set the foundation of his dominant category victory during the Friday leg, increasing the lead over teammate #pontustidemand finally to more than one minute. The young Finn set in total 15 fastest WRC 2 times on the 23 stages of #walesrallygb, his victory was never in danger throughout the #Event. Having already won the WRC 2 category at Rally Australia 2017 (where, however, he was
the only competitor in the category), this time he defeated a strong WRC 2 field, including reigning WRC 2 champion #pontustidemand.

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