GAZOO Racing Increases Lead with Another Double Podium in FIA World Rally Championship
Amman, October 2018 - The GAZOO Racing (GR) World Rally team has increased its advantage at the top of the manufacturers’ championship standings after a double podium finish at Wales Rally GB in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). Making it the fourth event in a row where two of the Toyota Yaris WRC finish among the top three, Jari-Matti Latvala engaged in a thrilling final-day fight for the rally win, ultimately landing second place with Esapekka Lappi in third.
“The outstanding achievements of our team and vehicles in claiming a fourth consecutive double podium finish in the season at Wales Rally GB are a source of great pride for all of us at Toyota. Challenging events such as the WRC push our drivers and vehicles to their limits and represent the perfect proving ground for future technologies. Everything we learn through our participation in racing events inspires our engineers as they strive to develop ever-better cars,” commented Yugo Miyamoto, Chief Representative of Middle East and North Africa Representative Office at Toyota Motor Corporation. “I would like to extend my gratitude to our fans for their unwavering support, which is a source of constant motivation in our quest to create vehicles that bring satisfaction and put a smile on our customers’ faces.”
Beginning the day 4.4 seconds away from the lead, Latvala in the No. 7 Toyota Yaris WRC made an excellent start with a stage win on SS20 moving him into the first position. He continued to fight until the end and finished just 10.6 seconds shy of victory as he took his third podium finish from the last four events.
On the other hand, Lappi, in the No. 9 Toyota Yaris WRC, began the day with a margin of just 1.7 seconds over the driver in fourth place, but immediately increased his advantage by winning SS19. He ended the rally more than half a minute clear as he made his third podium visit in the space of five rounds. With the results for Latvala and Lappi, GR World Rally team extends its manufacturers’ championship lead to 20 points.