The Toyota driver got his third career victory in the WRC with a 22-second lead over Thierry Neville of Hyundai, and Esopecca Lapi, returning to the Toyota factory team, took third place.
Opening the way, Ravanpera took the lead in the rally after stage 3, but sometimes on Friday got involved in a six-sided struggle for leadership, as only 8.9 seconds separated the cars after stage 5.
Finn managed to overcome Neville’s lead of 4.3 seconds on Saturday’s first stage to mark the fifth change of leadership: Lapi, Evans and Ott Tanak enjoyed a short time ahead.
One day ahead, Ravanpera pushed Evans hard until Saturday when the fight for victory turned into a race on two horses. However, the latter made a mistake on the last corner of Saturday’s spectator stage, which led to a wild finish on the snowy sum.
The unusual finish resulted in a 10-second penalty that actually brought the Welshman out of the fight before he crashed in the first stage on Sunday morning and then left due to a problem with his hybrid system.
From there, Ravanpera, who won six stages, was able to win to take the lead in the championship in the event that his father Harry Ravanpera recorded his only victory in the WRC in 2001.
Neville finished the rally with success, finishing third in the power stage, scoring three extra points, and finishing second overall.
Lapi finished third, 30.6 seconds behind, after returning to the WRC, showing a strong pace throughout, including a victory on Friday.
Takamoto Katsuta of Toyota brought his Toyota GR Yaris to fourth place, having previously stuck in a rally for 39 seconds after hitting an inflorescence.
Kale Ravanpera, Jon Halttunen, Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Toyota GR Yaris Rally1
Photo: Toyota Racing
After a heroic race in Monte Carlo the M-Sport withstood a tough rally, and Gus Greensmith was the only car to complete the full distance rally in fifth place. The Briton was driven for 3 minutes 20.4 seconds, losing time on gearbox and hybrid on Friday.
Craig Brin was twice kicked out of the rally, the first with a stage 3 accident before a technical problem brought him out on Saturday. He returned Sunday to pick up a point on the power stage. Teammate Adrien Furmo came out of the rally in sixth place after a power outage on Saturday night.
Oliver Solberg of Hyundai finished rally-1 sixth. The Swede was second on Friday but lost confidence in his i20 N by Saturday before being fined 2 minutes 40 seconds for being late after a gas problem on his way to the final stage on Saturday night.
Teammate Tanak seemed to be a factor in the winning battle until he was kicked out due to a hybrid failure on Friday when he finished second after stage 5.
However, the 2019 world champion returned to the game to win five bonus points for winning the power stage, completing the test 1.9 seconds faster than Ravanpera.
The championship is waiting for a long break before the trip to Croatia for the third round from 21 to 24 April.