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    Rally Chile – Final – Some Power Stage points for Jari-Matti and Miikka

    May 13, 2019
    Ott Tänak and the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team clinched their second victories of the season at the first ever running of Rally Chile. Tänak completed a brilliant performance in a demanding event with the fastest time on the rally-ending Power Stage, gaining extra points to climb up to second in the drivers’ championship, only 10 points away from the leader. Having led the rally since the second stage on Friday morning, Tänak took a lead of half a minute into the final day, but with the two drivers behind him pushing hard in their own battle, he couldn’t relax completely through the opening three tests. He was then 1.3 seconds faster than anyone else in the Power Stage as he and co-driver Martin Järveoja clinched overall victory by 23.1 seconds. Team-mates Jari-Matti Latvala and Kris Meeke also performed well in the Power Stage, setting the third and fifth best times respectively. Meeke moved from 10th to eighth position overall on the final day, but was classified 10th after receiving a one-minute time penalty because the crew removed their smashed windscreen in the control area before SS8 on Saturday. Latvala just missed out on overall points in 11th. The team remains second in the manufacturers’ championship, reducing the gap to the lead to 29 points. Jari-Matti Latvala (Driver car 10) “After the mistake last evening, we needed to look forward and see what we can take from the final day and the Power Stage. I had a good feeling on the first run over the stage and we were second quickest. After that we relaxed over the next two stages and saved our tyres for the Power Stage, where we had a very good run. I think it was cleaning and drying out a little bit behind us and in that sense I’m really happy to be third quickest. It’s been a hard event but the most important thing is that the car is performing really well and I was able to be on the pace.” PROVISIONAL FINAL CLASSIFICATION, RALLY CHILE 1 Ott Tänak/Martin Järveoja (Toyota Yaris WRC) 3h15m53.8s 2 Sebastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (Citroën C3 WRC) +23.1s 3 Sebastien Loeb/Daniel Elena (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) +30.2s 4 Elfyn Evans/Scott Martin (Ford Fiesta WRC) +1m36.7s 5 Teemu Suninen/Marko Salminen (Ford Fiesta WRC) +3m15.6s 6 Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm (Citroën C3 WRC) +3m45.4s 7 Andreas Mikkelsen/Anders Jaeger-Amland (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) +4m39.0s 8 Kalle Rovanpera/Jonne Halttunen (Skoda Fabia R5) +7m52.5s 9 Mads Ostberg/Torstein Eriksen (Citroën C3 R5) +8m16.1s 10 Kris Meeke/Seb Marshall (Toyota Yaris WRC) +8m33.4s 11 Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (Toyota Yaris WRC) +10m59.2s (Results as of 17:30 on Sunday, for the latest results please visit www.wrc.com) What’s next? The WRC returns to Europe for Rally Portugal (May 30-June 2). Based in Matosinhos near Porto in the north of the country, the event features classic stages on sandy and rocky roads. Grip can be difficult to find on the soft roads during the first pass through the stages, while rocks can be

    Rally Chile – Saturday – TOYOTA GAZOO Racing still on top into the final day in Chile

    May 11, 2019
    Ott Tänak continues to lead for TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team heading into the final day of the inaugural Rally Chile, holding an advantage of half a minute with four stages remaining. The second day of Rally Chile was made up of two loops of three stages, generally faster and wider than those run on the opening day. Following his strong performance on Friday, Tänak started the morning with a lead of 22.4 seconds. He increased that advantage to 34.6s by mid-day service after winning the third and final stage of the morning loop, and added another fastest time on SS11 during the afternoon, when sunny conditions were replaced by rain and fog. Jari-Matti Latvala was involved in a close fight for second position for most of the day, but stopped in the final stage after hitting a rock in a ditch with the front-left wheel and damaging the driveshaft. The team will look to fix the car tonight so that Latvala can restart tomorrow. Kris Meeke started the day fifth overall, but rolled his car in the opening stage. He still managed to complete the stage, and set strong times on the following two tests despite having to drive without a windscreen. After a great job by the team to repair the damage during the 40-minute lunchtime service, Meeke moved back into the top 10 at the end of the day. Quotes: Tommi Mäkinen (Team Principal) “Rally Chile is proving to be a very difficult event for everybody, especially today: there was a lot going on through the whole day. This afternoon there was quite a dramatic change in the conditions with the fog and the rain, and the visibility looked bad. Unfortunately, Jari-Matti seems to have made a very minor mistake that has damaged the driveshaft. Kris was also caught out this morning: thankfully the damage was nothing too critical and our team did a great job to repair it in service. Ott has been managing everything really well and hopefully he can secure the victory tomorrow.” Jari-Matti Latvala (Driver car 10) “It was an eventful morning: in the first stage we had to drive behind Kris for a bit after his incident, but we were given the time back so it wasn’t a problem. Then in the third stage of the loop my tyres were already very worn, but we were still right in the fight for second place. In the afternoon, the stages didn’t seem to be suiting my setup so well: I didn’t have the same good feeling I had yesterday. On the final stage, I hit a rock in a ditch and damaged the front-left, and the driveshaft was broken so we couldn’t continue. It’s really disappointing after a strong weekend up to this point, but we won’t give up.” End of day two (Saturday): 1 Ott Tänak/Martin Järveoja (Toyota Yaris WRC) 2h41m05.5s 2 Sebastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (Citroën C3 WRC) +30.3s 3 Sebastien Loeb/Daniel Elena (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) +35.4s 4 Elfyn Evans/Scott

    Rally Chile – Friday – Toyota Yaris WRC shows the way in Chile

    May 10, 2019
    The Toyota Yaris WRC has led the standings throughout a demanding opening day of the first ever Rally Chile. Ott Tänak has an advantage of 22.4 seconds after winning three of the event’s first six stages, with team-mates Jari-Matti Latvala and Kris Meeke occupying third and fifth positions respectively overnight. Most of the opening day took place in forests to the south of the host city Concepción, with a loop of three gravel stages in the morning. Two of those tests were repeated in the afternoon, before a street stage in Concepción itself to round out the day. As the first day of an all-new rally, it tested the fresh pace-notes made by the crews during the recce, as well as car setups that were established without the benefit of a pre-event test in Chile. Meeke and Latvala claimed a joint lead on the opening stage, before Tänak moved ahead by winning SS2. Tänak was later fastest on both forest stages during the afternoon as he increased his lead. In slippery road conditions, Latvala and Meeke ended the morning in fourth and fifth respectively, but Latvala later gained third place and ended the day just 6.4s away from second position. Quotes: Tommi Mäkinen (Team Principal) “In general it has been a brilliant first day for us here in Chile. The car has been working really well: after the morning loop, we made some setup changes for the afternoon and that really seemed to help. Ott especially changed a lot on his car and he was really flying in the afternoon: he seemed to be really happy with the feeling. Everything is looking good heading into tomorrow. It looks like the stages tomorrow will be a bit faster and the grip could be more consistent, so the drivers can perhaps enjoy it even more.” Jari-Matti Latvala (Driver car 10) “I’ve really enjoyed the first day of Rally Chile. The morning started well, and then the second stage was really difficult: the wide roads were a bit like in Finland, but the grip was nothing like as good. In SS3 we got back into the rhythm, the feeling was good, and it was going really well this afternoon. I did have a spin towards the end of SS5, and I was very annoyed with myself for that. Tomorrow’s stages are more flowing and wider. I’m looking forward to them, and I’ll try and keep up the speed that we had this afternoon” End of day one (Friday): 1 Ott Tänak/Martin Järveoja (Toyota Yaris WRC) 1h24m12.8s 2 Sebastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (Citroën C3 WRC) +22.4s 3 Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (Toyota Yaris WRC) +28.8s 4 Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) +29.5s 5 Kris Meeke/Seb Marshall (Toyota Yaris WRC) +46.5s 6 Sebastien Loeb/Daniel Elena (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) +48.7s 7 Elfyn Evans/Scott Martin (Ford Fiesta WRC) +1m01.4s 8 Andreas Mikkelsen/Anders Jaeger-Amland (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) +2m08.1s 9 Teemu Suninen/Marko Salminen (Ford Fiesta WRC) +2m09.1s 10 Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm (Citroën C3 WRC) +2m18.3s (Results as
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