The Rally Sweden 2022 sees standing on the top step of the podium the young driver Kalle Rovanpera (born in 2000), who thus wins his third career success. The Yaris WRC driver won the triumph on the snow, winning most of the special stages, while starting in front of everyone on Friday, therefore with the thankless task of “clean“the way to its direct rivals.
His main contender for victory, as well as his teammate, Elfyn Evans, he retired in the first special of the day thus leaving ample room for maneuver for both Rovampera and Thierry Neuville. The Hyundai i20 driver was unable to keep up with the fast pace of the Yaris of the 2000 class and sadly had to queue up in second position.
The lowest step of the podium went to another driver of the Japanese team; Esapekka Lappi who preceded Takamoto Katsuta, fourth, another Toyota standard bearer.
The first Ford is seen only in fifth position. It is Gus Greensmith’s Puma that took away important points from Oliver Solberg’s other Hyundai i20. Seventh time, but first position in the race for the WRC 2 category (aboard Skoda), for Andreas Mikkelsen ahead of Ole Christian Veiby, in a Volkswagen.
The five additional points reserved in the final power stage go to Ott Tanak, escaped from the race for victory due to a problem with the hybrid system on his Hyundai i20. The driver thus saved the tires in the three morning special stages to win the final PS and his points. Then Rovanpera preceded Thierry Neuville, in third position.
WRC RALLY SWEDEN 2022, FINAL GENERAL RANKING
- 1 Kalle Rovanpera Toyota
- 2: 10: 44.9 2 Thierry Neuville Hyundai +22.0
- 3 Esapekka Lappi Toyota +30.6
- 4 Takamoto Katsuta Toyota +2: 19.4
- 5 Gus Greensmith Ford +3: 20.4
- 6 Oliver Solberg Hyundai +5: 39.4
- 7 Andres Mikkelsen Skoda +7: 11.1
- 8 Ole Christian Veiby Volkswagen +7: 34.3
- 9 Jari Huttunen Ford +8: 14.2
- 10 Egon Kaur Volkswagen +8: 24.8