WRC – Acropolis Rally – Okay. Rovanperä: “I used to be capable of drive with my very own tempo”

WRC – Acropolis Rally – Okay. Rovanperä: “I used to be capable of drive with my very own tempo”

2021 WRC - Acropolis Rally Greece - Jonne Halttunen and Kalle Rovanperä (DPPI / Nikos Katsikis)

FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP

Current:
Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT – Kalle Rovanperä (FIN)
Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT – Martin Järveoja (EST)
Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT – Sébastien Ogier (FRA)
Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT – Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN)

Q:
Kalle how does it really feel to win?
KR:
I really feel actually good. It was actually powerful rally, lengthy week. A number of phases within the recce and an extended evening with the video. I really feel actually completely happy to be over the end line with this outcome.

Q:
You regarded in a special league at instances…
KR:
I felt actually good on Friday. Then we did some set-up adjustments, the phases had been totally different on Saturday after which I felt even higher. I used to be capable of drive with my very own tempo and I may simply benefit from the driving.

Q:
Inform us concerning the adjustments yesterday.
KR:
It was one thing for the second go – some safety for the second loop – we misplaced some traction, however we didn’t lose an excessive amount of and we had been fairly secure.

Q:
You received the rally and the Energy Stage – was the plan to push that onerous?
KR:
The plan was to see the way it feels. The primary time by means of, it felt actually good and I used to be having fun with it rather a lot. We had 4 softs on the automobile and I used to be considering it needs to be good – a number of corners in and it felt good and I may push. It was good to push and have a great stage.

Q:
We head to Finland, your own home rally – is there extra stress and expectation there?
KR:
I believe not likely but, the stress is just not there but. The house rally is all the time totally different, there are such a lot of Finnish folks and that is the town the place I usually reside in Finland – it’s one thing particular, someplace you possibly can actually really feel the environment. I believe it is going to be a good battle and hopefully we are able to benefit from the weekend.

Q:
Martin is standing in for Ott for private causes. Martin has the Acropolis been the powerful problem you anticipated?
MJ:
Like Kalle stated, it was lengthy days and quick nights – usually I wish to sleep extra. The recce was troublesome circumstances to make new notes, however ultimately the notes had been OK. Fortunately through the rally we made some good tyre selections and I believe that’s the explanation why we’re in second place.

Q:
How powerful was the recce?
MJ:
The second day morning, there was a little bit of darkness and a few large clouds. We begin to recce then one automobile was stopping and one other automobile after which all of us cease. We realised it wasn’t getting higher so we knew we needed to get on with it. The second go was with daylight and no fog, it was a lot better.

Q:
Inform us about beginning the automobile earlier than the Energy Stage…
MJ:
He tried to! It regarded prefer it was recreation over however then it began and that was the final time. We switched it off after which it will not begin anymore, so actually it was the final time. There was three seconds to the beginning and he was nonetheless contact some buttons, this was not so good for the rhythm and perhaps that value a while.

Q:
Was this the enduring Acropolis you anticipated?
MJ:
Coming to the rally, I anticipated it to be powerful from the co-drivers’ facet and it was, however I anticipated perhaps it will be even more durable. The roads had been very nice and the rally was additionally very nice.

Q:
Séb, this outcome is an effective enhance for the championship?
SO:
It’s been the technique for the entire weekend – we had a really robust begin on Friday opening the street and being shut to guide, this was higher than I count on. On Saturday morning, we began with the right rhythm however then all of the sections the place we wrestle on the recce, the sections the place the grip was altering and visibility was dangerous I stayed an excessive amount of on my consolation zone. On the similar time, Kalle was flying and Ott was additionally actually quick. With what occur to Thierry and Elfyn on day one, I needed to keep intelligent. l put the ego exterior and allow them to go – OK I don’t want it! Even when it’s not so fulfilling, I made a intelligent race and optimistic for the championship. It’s been super-exhausting. I’m not so used to the lengthy nights with the movies just like the youthful guys and I really feel a bit useless now. The recce was so troublesome, we needed to verify a lot on the video and the nights had been quick. Tonight, I’m going to sleep nicely.

Q:
What did you assume whenever you noticed Kalle’s time within the first stage this morning? 
SO:
On the end line, it was a high-speed recce. Actually you’re feeling you’ll lose time, however when it’s one second per kilometre quicker, that’s a correct time. If you’re not pushing, it’s laborious to estimate what you can do on this stage. On this second, I stated I’m glad we’re not on this battle and we don’t must take all of this dangers. Let’s go to the end!

Q:
Finland within the autumn subsequent, that may be fairly a special rally?
SO:
It may be a special problem, no one is aware of what count on. I’m positive Jari can inform us if it has ever been at the moment, however for our technology it’s new. We’ll have to check a bit and we are able to count on some colder circumstances. I hope it’s a bit damp. We had 9 rallies and 7 of these 9 I’ve had a drawback to open the street. I’m already wanting ahead for the final Tarmac occasions. For Finland, it’s the bottom the place the Yaris was born, so it needs to be performant, however I count on powerful competitors. Kalle, together with his latest efficiency and confidence, he’ll push laborious and Ott and the Hyundai guys push laborious. Let’s see what strategy we tackle this rally, however I’m wanting ahead some of the lovely rallies and it’s all the time a pleasure on this lovely automobile.

Q:
Jari, inform us about Finland within the autumn…
J-ML:
It has been pushed on the finish of August, however by no means in October. This time of the 12 months the roads can be totally different. It’s been in the summertime for the final 20 years – it’s been July and early August after we’ve had very heat circumstances with free gravel on high. When it will get colder it is going to be a bit moist and humid, however you by no means know the climate. The drivers should deal with a special grip degree. Like Séb talked about the cleansing impact can be a subject, however you don’t actually profit [running further back in damp conditions] and the opposite subject is driving within the darkness, we didn’t do that for the reason that Nineties.

Q:
A stellar efficiency from Kalle?
J-ML:
Coming to this occasion and watching our drivers on the primary stage I used to be already actually, actually completely happy – all of them began on the highest degree. Sadly, Elfyn received the issue and his rally went improper instantly. Séb was driving like a champion he is aware of the way to win the championship and Kalle was wonderful. I stated in Estonia we had a brand new flying Finn born, however right here he was flying even greater.

Q:
What did you consider that point within the first stage this morning?
J-ML:
You have to be assured. It’s these circumstances I keep in mind myself in case you are assured, you can also make the distinction. In fact, we had been scared may he maintain automobile on the street? However he’s a lot cooler than me – he can maintain his feelings in examine!

Q:
Is it troublesome to look at?
J-ML:
Belgium wasn’t one of the best race, Hyundai catch a variety of factors and we knew we wanted a variety of factors – if we didn’t get them it will create stress going to Finland. It is vitally nervous to look at, you hope for no issues and to remain on the street – it’s harder than after I was a driver.

Questions from the ground

Tom Howard, Autosport (UK)

Q:
Is Kalle the whole rally driver?
J-ML:
When you find yourself in a position drive snow, gravel and Tarmac, you’re a full driver. Kalle has the efficiency on all of the surfaces.

Q:
Is Rovanperä world champion materials?
J-ML:
When you win your second occasion this season, the primary full season in WRC – final 12 months I don’t rely that one – you could have parts to grow to be a champion. However as Séb is aware of, profitable the championship is troublesome – you want a little bit little bit of luck,. You want all the things to come back collectively, however for positive Kalle has achieved one step on his profession. We are going to see nice victories from him, however let’s go step-by-step not put an excessive amount of stress.

Q:
Seb, what have you ever made from his efficiency, has he moved up a degree?
SO:
Already from final 12 months, very early on Kalle confirmed some good tempo and potential. On the finish, he retains progressing, however he began actually excessive. He’s been aggressive on most rallies – hat’s off, it’s spectacular to look at his instances and it is a more-than deserved victory. There’s no level asking all the opposite questions, everyone knows it takes loads to win championships and profitable rallies. He can [win rallies] kind of wherever – however it is going to be attention-grabbing to see sooner or later. He has a variety of years forward of him.

Q:
Kalle, was this higher than Estonia?
KR:
It’s troublesome to say if it was. I might say Estonia I used to be anticipating it a bit extra and all people knew we might come quick and our automobile was good. However right here there was a query mark over our tempo – we didn’t know a lot. This 12 months, when now we have the brand new race, not all people knew the phases and this all the time helps when all people has to make new notes and drive from them within the first loop. We confirmed within the first loop we will be fast when the others don’t have expertise from the earlier years.

FIA WRC2 CHAMPIONSHIP

Current:
Toksport WRT – Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR)

Q:
What an unbelievable occasion – so shut between you and Marco Bulacia…
AM:
It was an excellent weekend – Marco did an excellent rally. He was very shut and in entrance of us for many of the rally. We had a tactic to remain out of bother, like he did. We tried to keep away from as many stones as doable and I didn’t really feel like we drove very quick, however we did the job we needed to. This morning I used to be solely 0.8s behind Marco, so I made a decision to push, however on a regular basis I knew I needed to end. I attempted to drive as quick and secure as doable. We made a great hole after which didn’t danger an excessive amount of on the Energy Stage

Q:
Did you decelerate a bit whenever you noticed Mads Østberg having bother?
AM:
Completely. Seeing him having bother, I knew that our largest opponent was gone. We stayed away from bother and stayed good. Marco gave us a great battle, with out that I believe it was not so attention-grabbing. I loved, it although I apprehensive about retiring. This rally was not so tough as I keep in mind. The primary phases had been tough, however on this space it was good.

Q:
How was your new English-speaking co-driver Elliott Edmondson?
AM:
It labored fairly nicely. He has accomplished an incredible job. It was a bit troublesome in the present day, after I tried to push extra and was utilizing extra vitality on the automobile within the circumstances the place it was difficult, it wasn’t really easy to recollect the tempo notes. It’ll grow to be extra pure. However we’re sitting right here and we received the rally, so can’t say it didn’t work!

Q:
Wanting good for the championship now?
AM :
It’s a very nice feeling. We are able to now sit and calm down in Finland and see the way it goes with the others there. We now have a great hole. Let’s see how Mads does it within the subsequent rally. Then one final rally the place we perhaps want get some factors on the desk.

FIA WRC3 CHAMPIONSHIP

Current:
Yohan Rossel (FRA)

Q:
What occurred after the Energy Stage?
YR:
Two kilometres to the tip the propshaft blocked and we had a giant, large noise and I don’t know… I completed the stage and OK it’s that. We proceed and OK, but it surely was loopy 300km after which simply three from the tip, you will have this drawback. However we received and that’s a very powerful.

Q:
Yesterday was a few large assault?
YR:
I work on the automobile after Friday. It was so troublesome to drive. I had blisters on my arms. The stage when you will have the road, my automobile is nice, however when now we have the large rock I lose some velocity. I don’t know why. Yesterday and in the present day I’ve a giant assault and I come right here for the win – but it surely’s troublesome. The win is a very powerful for me.

Q:
You might have received on gravel and Tarmac, issues are wanting good…
YR:
It’s good, however I examine my instances on class and I lose on some phases. We have to work. A number of phases are good, however not all of them and I want to know why. It’s some driving and perhaps the automobile, I lose 0.2s and for the following years I’ve to go [and keep pace] with him [Mikkelsen].

 
Q:
When will we see you subsequent?
YR:
I don’t know. I am going for Spain, it’s good for my driving, however we have to communicate to the Federation and to Citroën. I did six occasions within the WRC and that is good for studying. I need to win the championship, however the hole to WRC2 is a very powerful factor – to be taught and progress is a very powerful for me.

 

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