Kenya: Rovanperä Says Road-Sweeping Task in Kenya is Phenomenal

Nairobi — Toyota Gazoo Racing driver Kalle Rovanperä believes his task as the road opener on WRC Safari Rally Kenya this week will be herculean.

Acknowledging the challenge that lies ahead of him on the fabled Kenyan fixture, the World Championship leader narrated: “It’s going to be a tough event. But I’m hoping that in Kenya maybe we will not lose so much time opening the road and we can try to have a good weekend.”

Rovanperä savors a 55-point cushion at the summit of the championship log and will be returning to Naivasha to break last year’s jinx.

Rovanperä will open the road on the Friday’s opening leg and will be sweeping the dust and loose volcanic ash gravel in the world’s toughest rally.

The Finn was tasked with the same job at Rally Italia Sardegna earlier this month where he managed fifth overall.

He anticipates a similar tough ride in Kenya at the weekend. “Last year already we saw a lot of issues, so to open the road and still have a good rally there would be good”

The Finn retired from second overall in 2021 after getting stuck in deep ruts.

“It’s quite a different rally as usual, and it’s maybe not the one you enjoy the most when you are the in the car, but of course the scenery is great. It’s a special place and you need to approach it a bit differently too,” Rovanperä told

The leader says last year’s Safari was not as strong a rally for him as he had wanted it to be. “Last year, it was a good rally for us overall, we were just a bit unlucky to get stuck when we did at the end of Friday,” he said.