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WRC Rally Estonia
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How Rovanpera reached a Loeb-like level in Estonia WRC domination

Kalle Rovanpera was on another level at Rally Estonia and made a big statement on defending his World Rally Championship crown. While his rivals could only watch on and wonder, the Finn picked up comparisons to a fellow rally great.

Finnish rally legend Markku Alen once uttered the words “I feel if I want to win the stage, I will win the stage” during a period of World Rally Championship dominance 36 years ago. The saying steeped in rally folklore was revived by the WRC’s latest flying Finn Kalle Rovanpera, who repeated those famous words en route to the most crushing victory of his career to date at Rally Estonia last weekend.

There wasn’t any arrogance behind Rovanpera’s delivery of Alen’s words, just pure fact backed up by the timing screens, and an astonishing streak of 13 consecutive stage wins that left his rivals trailing in his wake. The 22-year-old raised the bar to new heights on his way to becoming the youngest-ever world champion last year, but in Estonia, he and co-driver Jonne Halttunen raised it further.

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