Kalle Rovanperä

Kalle Rovanperä

Kalle Rovanperä is a Finnish rally driver. He is the son of Harri Rovanperä, who won the WRC Rally Sweden in 2001 and was a works driver for Peugeot and Mitsubishi. Even before he acquired his driver’s license, Rovanperä honed his driving skills by driving in practice areas that had been closed due to ice, and he had mastered drifting techniques by the age of eight. Rovanperä started his rally career when he was 12, participating in rally sprints in Latvia. In Latvia, a driver’s license is not required to take part in rallying, and Rovanperä took part in many events, with his co-driver taking the wheel on public roads. He won the Latvian R2 class in 2015, before securing the championship in the Open Class two years in a row. In 2016, Rovanperä expanded his sphere of activities outside Latvia, and made his WRC2 debut at the 2017 Wales Rally GB. He took his maiden WRC2 victory at Rally Australia later the same season. In 2018, he was selected as a works driver for the Škoda Motorsport team, and secured two victories on his way to third overall in the WRC2 driver’s championship. In 2019, he participated in WRC2 Pro, the highest category for R5 rally cars; behind the wheel of a Škoda Fabia R5, Rovanperä won five rallies and clinched the driver’s championship.