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Rovanperä becomes youngest WRC winner with Rally Estonia victory

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Finland’s Kalle Rovanpera won Rally Estonia on Sunday to become the youngest winner of the world rally championship event at age 20 years and 290 days.

Rovanpera pushed his Toyota Yaris to victory in what was a sublime performance from Friday through to Sunday fending off any possible threats from Hyundai’s Craig Breen. 

The previous record-holder was Jari-Matti Latvala who was 22years when he won rally Sweden in 2008.

It is the second WRC record Rovanpera has broken after being the youngest podium finisher when he finished in third place during the 2020 Rally Sweden at 19 years. 

Craig Breen maintained his second position from the start to end of the rally with his first podium this year. He was 59.9secs behind Rovanpera. The result also marked an impressive return to the cockpit since May in Croatia rally.

Thierry Neuville finished third followed by championship leader Sebastien Ogier. 

Rally Estonia was the seventh round of this year’s Championship. 

Toyota’s Ogier still tops the standings with 148points;

The series will head to Belgium for rally Ypres on 29th July for the eighth round.

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