Kalle Rovanpera triumphs in grueling Safari Rally Kenya


Kalle Rovanperä clinched a remarkable victory at the 2024 WRC Safari Rally Kenya, showcasing a blend of speed and composure that proved unbeatable across the rugged African terrain.

The Finn, accompanied by co-driver Jonne Halttunen, dominated the event from the outset, establishing an early lead amidst the treacherous stages around Lake Naivasha.

Rovanperä’s impeccable performance saw him maintain a commanding position throughout the rally, eventually crossing the finish line with a comfortable margin of 1 minute and 37.8 seconds.

Action during the WRC Safari Rally in Kenya. PHOTO: WRC

The Safari Rally, renowned for its challenging conditions, tested the skills and endurance of the competitors to the fullest.

Rovanperä’s adept navigation through the rocky terrain and strategic driving underscored his prowess as a seasoned contender in the FIA World Rally Championship.

“It’s always special to win here. Also, a legendary event for Toyota. We’ve always been so good here and that’s continuing. Like they say in Africa: the car in front is always a Toyota!”

Celebrating his 12th career victory, Rovanperä expressed his joy and gratitude, acknowledging the significance of triumphing at such a legendary event, particularly for Toyota.

Action during the WRC Safari Rally in Kenya. PHOTO: WRC

The manufacturer secured a remarkable 1-2 finish, with Takamoto Katstuta clinching second place, further solidifying Toyota’s position in the manufacturers’ championship.

“It’s always special to win here,” remarked Rovanperä. “A big thanks to the team, everybody made a big effort to make the car work so well. I think me and Jonne did a good job, I don’t think you can have a better Safari Rally than we did. No issues, clever driving and I think it was a good effort.”

While Rovanperä savored his victory, the rally was not without its challenges for other contenders. Elfyn Evans, initially in contention for a podium finish, encountered setbacks during a tumultuous Saturday, ultimately finishing fourth overall.

Action during the WRC Safari Rally in Kenya. PHOTO: WRC

Thierry Neuville, despite enduring a troubled week, secured fifth place, maintaining his lead in the drivers’ championship standings.

With the Safari Rally now concluded, attention turns to the upcoming Croatia Rally, scheduled from April 18th to 21st.

As the championship ventures onto asphalt terrain, competitors prepare to tackle the next chapter in the exhilarating WRC season, set against the backdrop of Croatia’s capital city, Zagreb.


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