With today's victory, 21-year-old Rovanperä has acquired a dream position in the drivers' championship with a lead of 46 points after four races.

- Kalle's dominance is incredibly impressive.

The boy is only 21 years old, starts first in the rally but still wins.

I want to say that the World Cup title is close already now, says SVT's expert Jonas Kruse.



Nine races remain in this year's World Championship series and if Rovanperä were to win the driver's championship in the WRC, he would be the youngest ever world rally champion to date.

Last year, Rovanperä took his first victory in the main class and this year he has now taken three more, add three more podium places.

- He radiates a surprising calm and self-confidence.

Kalle is extremely fast but still has control.

The ability to also adapt the pace to the situation in the rally is so impressive.

Just like Ogier, he has an extra gear when needed !, says expert Kruse.

Kalle Rovanperä won the 2019 championship title in WRC2 Pro and has now acquired a dream position in the 2022 drivers' championship.

Rovanperä took the lead in the rally from Elfyn Evans on Saturday afternoon and the Finn did not let go.

The victory margin was finally 15.2 seconds to second place Elfyn Evans who with today's second place secured the season's first podium place.

The top duo looked to be joined on the podium by another teammate in Toyota.

29-year-old Takamoto Katsuta looked to go towards third place after an extremely even fight with Dani Sordo on Saturday and Sunday.

But experienced Sordo, who shares a WRC car with Oliver Solberg in Hyundai, accounted for a powerful drive on the last leg and was 4.3 seconds faster than Katsuta and took third place.

Giant lead in the World Cup total

Rovanperä now leads the WC with a full 46 points, which is a super grip at the top, considering that a victory in a WC rally gives 25 points.

Thierry Neuville retains his second place, after a fifth place in Portugal.

Takamoto Katsuta advances with his fourth place three places in the total and is now new third with his 38 points.

Strong finish by Solberg

After being forced to break the rally with a broken steering arm on Saturday, Oliver Solberg restarted today.



- Our only plan today is to enjoy the distances, Solberg wrote on social media before the start of Sunday.

Solberg and map reader Elliott Edmondson finished the rally strongly and was fastest in his class on the two final distances.

Teemu Suninen was on his way to a "sure" victory in the WRC2 class in Portugal.

The Finn had a lead of over 57 seconds before the last leg, but shortly after starting on the power stage, the Finn drove off.

The TV pictures showed him parked in the woods next to the stretch.

Unclear what caused him to drive off, perhaps a technical error.


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Teemu Suninen got stuck in the woods.

Rossel new leader in the championship

The victory instead to Yohan Rossel who also won most recently in Croatia.

The Frenchman thus takes over the lead in the drivers' championship in WRC2 from Andreas Mikkelsen.

The Norwegian Mikkelsen was forced to break in Portugal after engine problems.

- It's a shame about the Suninen.

A second place would also have been good but to take the second victory this year, I really want to thank my team, says a slightly surprised Rossel to the WRC in the goal.

The next World Cup rally will be run in two weeks in Sardinia.

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