On the winner's podium
He was given the perfect follow-up in the form of a ŠKODA FABIA R5 rally car and an engagement with the ŠKODA Motorsport team. In Wales and Catalonia, he was the fastest in his category, WRC2. “It was a pretty good season,” he says modestly, emphasising the word “pretty”. Pretty good for him means he finished third in the overall ranking of the championship shortly after turning 18. He finished right behind last year’s world champion, Pontus Tidemand, and this year’s champion, Jan Kopecký. Pretty decent company for an eighteen-year-old boy, don’t you think?
When he talks, his gaze stops on a brass ring on his left index finger. “I bought it before the Welsh championship, where I won, as well in Spain. I thought maybe it had brought me good luck, so I decided to keep it,” he says, smiling. What does it feel like to stand on the podium? It takes about three seconds for Kalle to answer: “It feels great, of course. It's the best feeling there is.”