Kalle Rovanpera and Jonne Halttunen won the WRC 2 Pro category at Rally Chile, sixth round of 2019 FIA World Rally Championship. In a 3 day battle with his opponent Mads Ostberg, young Finn driver managed to score maximum points for the WRC2 Pro category and achieved the first win of the season.
It is the first time that Rally Chile is in FIA World Rally Championship calendar and tricky conditions of the stages made the tire choice and car setup crucial. Kalle did the a dominant fastest time in SS4 and took the lead of WRC2 Pro and conquered his first season win in the WRC2 Pro category by a 23.6sec margin.
Kalle Rovanpera said ” After a difficult start for the season, this victory feels great. Thanks to our team Toksport WRT and everyone involved!”
Toksport WRT is leading the Team Championship for European Rally Championship after Rally Canarias. Double podium for Chris Ingram at Rally Canarias extended his lead in ERC1 Junior and he climbed to 2nd position in the overall leader board. Despite a slow start to the Rally and making the 16th time in the qualifying stage, he quickly gained his confidence and climbed up to 2nd overall by the end of the rally. Alexandros Tsouloftas was cautious at the beginning of his tarmac debut. He drove flawlessly and improved his times and managed to finish rally 4th in ERC1 Junior and 14th overall. By this result, he keeps his second position in ERC1 Junior.
Toksport WRT drivers scored the maximum points at Azores Rallye for ERC1 Junior. The opening round of FIA European Rally Championship had very difficult and tricky conditions and it was very challenging for drivers. Chris Ingram – Ross Whittock duo aimed to be on the podium for the overall classification and to win ERC1 Junior class for the rally. Despite having spins and flat tyres, they managed to win ERC1 Junior class and finish the race 3rd overall. It is the second time that Ingram wins ERC1 Junior at Azores Rally with Toksport WRT in a Skoda Fabia R5.
Toksport WRT’s Cypriot drivers Alex Tsouloftas and Antonis Chrysostomou did a very good job on their first experience in Skoda Fabia R5 and first time run at Azores Rally. They completed the rally second in ERC1 Junior and seventh overall. “Wow, what a rally! I never thought about it being this difficult, I’m really happy being second on the podium and those points for the ERC1 Junior, I’m really happy ” said Alex after the last stage. The next race of the Team will be Rally Canarias.
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The British duo Neil Simpson and Michael Gibson made their debut of German Rally Championship on Saarland Pfalz Rallye. It was a new experience and challenge on slippery muddy tarmac for the British driver but he managed to finish the rally in 5th overall in his Skoda Fabia R5. The next race for the duo will be at North West Stages Rally in UK.
Toksport WRT drivers completed the second round of World Rally Championship in Sweden. Toksport WRT had 3 cars driven by, Yigit Timur, Henning Solberg and Eyvind Brynildsen. The experienced Henning Solberg / Ilka Minor duo completed the rally in 7th position at WRC2 following their teammate Eyvind Brynildsend / Veronica Engan just by 1.2 seconds who completed the rally 6th at WRC2. Toksport WRT’s new driver Yigit Timur was on the wheel of the third Skoda Fabia R5 car and it was his first experience on WRC snow stages. Timur completed the rally in P14 at WRC2 and he said ” I had my first World Rally Championship experience this weekend at WRC Rally Sweden. I had 4 days of adventure with our new car and my new co-driver Maxime Vilmot. While we were getting used to driving on snow, geography, new car and new note system we stuck in the snowbank couple of times and we had to do a super rally. It was the biggest and the hardest race I’ve ever participated in, I had the chance to learn a lot of things during this rally. “
Rally Hadeland is over and Henning Solberg took the 3rd position. He was first on the road and he had to clear the stages from the heavy snow. This cost him a lot of time and the chance of fight for the lead . Eyvind Brynildsen followed Solberg just by 5.7 seconds and completed the rally in 4th position. Eyvind was leading the rally but in the fifth stage he spun and lost the lead and chances for podium. Yigit Timur was unlucky with his first experience on snow. He went off the road and couldn’t complete the rally. He said ” It was our first experience on snow and we had the opportunity to try different setups on our car. In the penultimate stage of the rally , my co-driver got hurt from a high speed jump and we stucked in a snow bank due to lack of concentration. We managed to recover the car but we decided not to continue to rally and headed back to service area. We are still happy to have this experience before WRC Rally Sweden.”
2nd place for Henning Solberg and Ilka Minor at Sigdalsrally 2019. In the first rally of the season for the duo, it was a good test before the WRC Rally Sweden to see the setup of the car. The rally had 8 stages with a longest one of 16,8 km all on snow and ice. The setup and the pace gave a good idea for the similar conditions of Rally Sweden.
First test and first rally of the season for our team takes place at Finland Piippolaralli this weekend. We will be running 2 Skoda Fabia R5 cars with Matti Koskelo/Rami Suorsa and Kimmo Kurkela/Markku Tuohino. The crews also will be running in Lapland Arctic Rally at the end of the month so it will be a good test for them as well.
Henning Solberg and His Co-driver Ilka Minor completed 6th in WRC2 class at 54th RallyRACC. It was the first tarmac event for Henning after 6 years but he kept his pace even on slippery tarmac despite the rain on second day. The Norwegian driver completed the rally 17th overall and 6th in WRC2. The next rally of Solberg-Minor duo will be WRC Rally Sweden 2019
Chris Ingram-Ross Whittock duo is P2 overall on the final round of the ERC in Latvia. Despite his illness throughout the season, it is a great success to finalize the season in P2 in the U28 FIA European Rally Championship. Chris Ingram said, “So proud of our development through the year, hopefully we can return with a year of 4WD experience. Massive thanks to everyone who supported us”
Team’s second crew Orhan Avcioglu-Burcin Korkmaz was 8th overall at the end of the rally and by this result they have completed the season in 16 th position. Avcioglu said “it was a very positive season for us, thanks for support of our team, our families, of everyone. Hopefully, we´ll come back and next time we´ll do better”