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TOYOTA GAZOO Racing wins a convene and a FIA World Rally Championship for Manufacturers’ pretension in Australia

2018 Yaris WRC

TORONTO, ONTARIO, Nov 19, 2018 – TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team won a FIA World Rally Championship manufacturers’ pretension in character during a final turn in Australia with a convene feat for Jari-Matti Latvala. Esapekka Lappi finished in fourth place to assistance Toyota bind a manufacturers’ climax in only a second deteriorate of a lapse to a WRC. It is a fourth arise that Toyota has won a manufacturers’ pretension in a WRC and a initial time given 1999.

The clever opening of a Toyota Yaris WRC was demonstrated again on a final round, with Ott Tänak and Latvala relocating to a tip of a leaderboard during Saturday. Sunday was characterised by unequivocally murky and sleazy timberland stages with a wily conditions throwing out a series of drivers. These enclosed Tänak, who had to retire on a penultimate theatre after attack a tree.

Jari-Matti Latvala, co-driven by Miikka Anttila, avoided mistakes and took 3 theatre wins on a final day to bind feat by 32.5 seconds: a team’s fifth win of 2018. Esapekka Lappi also won a theatre to finish a clever expostulate in his final eventuality before vacating a team. Tänak, Latvala and Lappi finished a deteriorate third, fourth and fifth respectively in a driver’s standings, with Tänak fighting for a drivers’ pretension until a final day in Australia, and all 3 contributing significantly towards a manufacturers’ title.

Toyota Gazoo Racing WRC team


Akio Toyoda (Team Chairman)

“Congratulations to Jari-Matti and Miikka for a Rally Australia win! we was unequivocally blissful to see them on a tip of a lectern during a finish of a year after what has infrequently been a wily season. And with this victory, we could win a manufacturers’ title. we feel so grateful, as group chairman, that we could get such a good outcome in a second year of a plea after returning to a WRC following 18 years away. we am so beholden to Tommi, who has kept strengthening a Yaris WRC to win this title, all a group members who upheld Tommi, and a 6 drivers and co-drivers who kept pulling a Yaris towards a goal. Thank we unequivocally much, and outrageous congratulations! we also feel blissful that we could share this feat with a fans who kept entertaining for us, and also a partners who have fought with us as one team. Thank we unequivocally most for ancillary us.”

Tommi Mäkinen (Team Principal)

“It’s an positively extraordinary feeling today. This was a toughest final turn of a deteriorate that we can remember. Ott’s retirement so nearby a finish was a large disappointment, yet it was positively shining that Jari-Matti could win again. Esapekka also helped us measure a points we needed. We started this plan three-and-a-half years ago and we have grown most faster than we imagined. Last year we were here to learn and to accumulate data. In a second half of this deteriorate we were means to find a lot of improvements with a car. This is a outcome of a outrageous bid from everybody in a team, and we am certain this success will only serve motivate us all to continue improving in 2019.”

Jari-Matti Latvala (Driver automobile 7)

“I am so happy to win again. It was utterly a use after such a prolonged time! The conditions currently were impossibly demanding, and it would have been unequivocally easy to go off a road. Everything went my approach today, and we am contemptible for Ott that his convene finished in a approach it did. we was unequivocally vehement and shaken during a start of a final stage, yet we managed to do it. To win a manufacturers’ pretension is fantastic. we am so unapproachable of a group and what they have created. Everybody has worked so tough and they merit this reward!”

Ott Tänak (Driver automobile 8)

“Congratulations to everybody in a team. They have finished a good job. Personally, we can be unhappy about how it finished for me today, yet in ubiquitous we am unequivocally happy: we have a strongest automobile in a championship and clever people around me. It was a good conflict all year; we were always perplexing a best. we went off in a unequivocally wily theatre with a lot of murky places. we consider it didn’t change too most in possibly championship though. we am unequivocally happy with my deteriorate and we will keep pulling subsequent year.”

Esapekka Lappi (Driver automobile 9)

“Today was unequivocally one of a toughest days of a season: a conditions were unequivocally wily and that meant we couldn’t suffer a pulling utterly as much. It is good to finish this partial of my career in this way, by assisting a group to win a manufacturers’ title. we unequivocally wanted to finish on tip yet during slightest we had a good convene where we were behind on a pace. Thank we to everybody in a group for their support.”


1 Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (Toyota Yaris WRC) 2h59m52.0s

2 Hayden Paddon/Seb Marshall (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) +32.5s

3 Mads Ostberg/Torstein Eriksen (Citroen C3 WRC) +52.2s

4 Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm (Toyota Yaris WRC) +1m02.3s

5 Sebastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (Ford Fiesta WRC) +2m30.8s

6 Elfyn Evans/Daniel Barritt (Ford Fiesta WRC) +3m05.1s

7 Craig Breen/Scott Martin (Citroen C3 WRC) +6m28.8s

8 Alberto Heller/Jose Luis Diaz (Ford Fiesta R5) +22m28.5s

9 Steve Glenney/Andrew Sarandis (Skoda Fabia R5) +27m01.8s

10 Jourdan Serderidis/Lara Vanneste (Ford Fiesta WRC) +35m14.1s

Retired Ott Tänak/Martin Järveoja (Toyota Yaris WRC)


FINAL RESULT, 2018 FIA World Rally Championship for Drivers

1 Sébastien Ogier: 219 points

2 Thierry Neuville: 201 points

3 Ott Tänak: 181 points

4 Jari-Matti Latvala: 128 points

5 Esapekka Lappi: 126 points

6 Andreas Mikkelsen: 84 points

7 Elfyn Evans: 80 points

8 Hayden Paddon: 73 points

9 Dani Sordo: 71 points

10 Mads Ostberg: 70 points


FINAL RESULT, 2018 FIA World Rally Championship for Manufacturers

1 TOYOTA GAZOO Racing WRT: 368 points

2 Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT: 341 points

3 M-Sport Ford WRT : 324 points

4 Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT: 237 points


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