Reigning champion Kalle Rovanpera reveals expectations for 2024 WRC Safari Rally Kenya


MOTORSPORTS Reigning champion Kalle Rovanpera reveals expectations for 2024 WRC Safari Rally Kenya

Festus Chuma 09:08 - 23.03.2024

Reigning World Rally Champion Kalle Rovanpera is aiming at a strong comeback at the Safari Rally Kenya after a disappointing performance in Sweden.

Reigning FIA World Rally champion Kalle Rovanpera is gearing up for a strong comeback at next week's Safari Rally Kenya aiming to bounce back from a disappointing 39th-place finish at Rally Sweden. 

The Finnish driver, who has previously clinched first and second places in the last two editions of the Safari Rally views the upcoming event as a prime opportunity for redemption. 

Rovanpera's second-round efforts in the World Rally Championship (WRC) took an unexpected turn when he damaged his Toyota GR Yaris Rally1's radiator on the opening morning in Umea. 

With the Safari Rally in Naivasha on the horizon, he is looking forward to embracing the unique challenges the event presents.

"It's really exciting to go back to Kenya," Rovanperä shared as per "It's been quite a good rally for me and also for our team: we have got some really amazing results there. The atmosphere is also great so I'm really looking forward to it."

Scheduled during the rainy season, this year's Safari Rally is anticipated to be significantly muddier than previous editions, adding an extra layer of complexity to the already challenging event.

 "It’s going to be interesting to go there at this time of the year, during the rainy season. We expect that it could be much muddier, and already in the previous years we have seen a bit of rain and it is always really tricky and slippery in those conditions," he explained.

Rovanpera is acutely aware of the difficulties ahead, emphasizing the importance of maintaining a reliable pace and consistency throughout the week.

 "The biggest challenge will be to have reliable pace for the whole week, be consistent and stay out of trouble," he stated. 

The young Finn is particularly motivated to make a strong showing in Kenya following the setback in Sweden. "Rally Sweden didn’t go as planned, so I’m really hungry to get a good result in Kenya," he confessed.

As the WRC caravan moves to the heart of Africa, all eyes will be on Rovanpera and his team. 

The Safari Rally Kenya, known for its rugged terrain and unpredictable weather promises to be a thrilling battleground for the world's best rally drivers. 

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