Rally Sweden – Stage 7 of the second round took place in Torsby, Sweden, on February 15, 2020. The photo shows Kalle Rovanpera of Finland, driving a Toyota Yaris WRC. Rovanpera has recently agreed to a new multi-year deal with the Toyota team.
As a double world rally champion, Rovanpera has decided to compete part-time in the upcoming season in order to take a break and recharge. He became the youngest ever world rally champion last year and secured a second successive crown this season. Rovanpera expressed his desire to recharge mentally and physically after an intense 15 years of driving rally cars.
Rovanpera disclosed that he plans to take a year off to recharge before returning full-time to compete for the championship. He also expressed his excitement about exploring other forms of motorsport, including drifting. Sebastien Ogier, an eight-time world champion from France, will also continue part-time with Toyota, while Elfyn Evans and Takamoto Katsuta will be the full-time drivers for 2024.
Evans, who has been the runner-up three times in the last four years, is determined to build on the progress made and hopes to be even better in 2024. The team is looking forward to continued progress in the upcoming season.