Skoda factory driver Kalle Rovanpera will contest this month’s SM Vaakuna Ralli in Finland as preparation for Rally Mexico.
The snow and ice of the Mikkeli-based Finnish Rally Championship qualifier on February 16/17 won’t be a precise match for the third round of the world series – even if Mexico was hit by heavy snow recently – but the 17-year-old is glad of the mileage in the Fabia R5 ahead of his first trip to Leon.
“It’s nice to drive again,” he said. “Monte Carlo was interesting for the first time, really tricky at times. I only tested for 15 kilometres on the snow tyre before we started, so Saturday morning in the deep snow was not so easy.
“I was happy though, the times compared well. Mexico can be more consistent, I look forward to this.”
Mexico is scheduled to be Rovanpera’s first outing in a factory-run Fabia R5, he drove a Skoda supplied and serviced by Toni Gardemeister’s team in Monte and will drive the same car in Mikkeli.