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    ADAC Rallye Deutschland – Final – A STRONG FINISH FOR TOYOTA GAZOO Racing IN GERMANY

    August 23, 2017
    TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team enjoyed a great final day on Rallye Deutschland with two more stage wins, taking its total this weekend to five and demonstrating the progress that the team is making with the Yaris WRC on asphalt. Juho Hänninen took his second stage win of the event as he finished a superb fourth overall. Jari-Matti Latvala finished seventh, while Esapekka Lappi also scored a stage win to end his challenging event on a high note. Hänninen began the day by winning the Losheim am See stage to lift him up into fourth place, a position which he then cemented over the final three tests. It completed a great performance from Hänninen on a rally he last contested in 2011. On the next stage, St. Wendeler Land, Lappi took a satisfying stage win. The Rally Finland winner had been forced to retire from the opening leg after damaging his car’s suspension and then struggled for speed after restarting yesterday, but he carefully analysed his performance overnight and made a clear improvement. Latvala, who won two stages himself earlier in the rally but was delayed by a technical issue, made it a Toyota one-two on the stage. Lappi and Latvala later finished second and third on the rally-ending Power Stage to claim four and three bonus points respectively, with Lappi missing out on the win by only 0.2 seconds. Jari-Matti Latvala (Driver car 10) “In the first stage this morning I was a little bit slow; I wasn’t quite awake yet. The second one went really well. I liked the stage and I had a good feeling about it going into the Power Stage. Unfortunately I had a touch in a left-hand corner very early in the stage, and I didn’t push because I was afraid I had a puncture. Still, it’s nice to get some points after the problem earlier in the rally.” PROVISIONAL FINAL RESULT, RALLYE DEUTSCHLAND: 1 Ott Tanak/Martin Jarveoja (Ford Fiesta WRC) 2h57m31.7s 2 Andreas Mikkelsen/Anders Jaeger (Citroen C3 WRC) +16.4s 3 Sebastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (Ford Fiesta WRC) +30.4s 4 Juho Hänninen/Kaj Lindström (Toyota Yaris WRC) +1m49.2s 5 Craig Breen/Scott Martin (Citroen C3 WRC): +2m01.5s 6 Elfyn Evans/Daniel Barritt (Ford Fiesta WRC) +2m03.4s 7 Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (Toyota Yaris WRC) +3m58.2s 8 Hayden Paddon/Seb Marshall (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) +4m32.4s 9 Armin Kremer/Pirmin Winklhofer (Ford Fiesta WRC) +10m19.4s 10 Eric Camilli/Benjamin Veillas (Ford Fiesta R5) +10m44.3s 21 Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm (Toyota Yaris WRC) +18m05.2s 2017 FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP FOR DRIVERS AFTER ROUND 10: 1 Sebastien Ogier 177 2 Thierry Neuville 160 3 Ott Tanak 144 4 Jari-Matti Latvala 123 5 Dani Sordo 89 6 Elfyn Evans 87 7 Craig Breen 64 8 Juho Hänninen 58 9 Hayden Paddon 55 10 Esapekka Lappi 49 2017 FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP FOR MANUFACTURERS AFTER ROUND 10: 1 M-Sport World Rally Team 325 2 Hyundai Motorsport 261 3 TOYOTA GAZOO Racing WRT 213 4 Citroen Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team 163 What’s next? Rally de España

    ADAC Rallye Deutschland – Day 2 – YARIS WRC DRIVERS EXPERIENCE THE HIGHS AND LOWS OF BAUMHOLDER

    August 20, 2017
    TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team took two more stage wins on day three of Rallye Deutschland. The first of these came when Juho Hänninen went fastest on the first run over the notorious Panzerplatte stage: one of the most famous and difficult tests of the entire FIA World Rally Championship. On a rally he is contesting for the first time in six years, Hänninen then continued his fine performance when he climbed to fourth overall at the beginning of the afternoon. Unfortunately, Panzerplatte – which weaves for 41.97 kilometres through the Baumholder military ranges – showed its teeth to all three Toyota crews when it was run for the second time. Hänninen suffered a broken damper after an impact in the stage, affecting him in the two tests that followed before service. Nonetheless, he is only 4.2 seconds away from fourth place with four stages remaining tomorrow. Both Jari-Matti Latvala and Esapekka Lappi had to stop in Panzerplatte to replace punctured tyres. Latvala sits in seventh overall after a technical issue yesterday, but he was second quickest and then fastest of all on the day’s last two stages. After retiring from the first leg with broken suspension, Lappi was able to restart this morning and continue his learning process in his rookie campaign in a World Rally Car. Jari-Matti Latvala (Driver car 10) “It wasn’t a very easy morning for me. I was a little bit slow and I made some mistakes. In the afternoon I tried to push. Unfortunately, we lost some time with the puncture but at least the performance was there. We just need to get things fitting together. The speed was good in the afternoon so we will try to transfer that same feeling to tomorrow.” END OF DAY 2 (SATURDAY): 1 Ott Tanak/Martin Jarveoja (Ford Fiesta WRC) 2h31m32.2s 2 Andreas Mikkelsen/Anders Jaeger (Citroen C3 WRC) +21.4s 3 Sebastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (Ford Fiesta WRC) +29.6s 4 Elfyn Evans/Daniel Barritt (Ford Fiesta WRC) +1m48.3s 5 Juho Hänninen/Kaj Lindström (Toyota Yaris WRC) +1m52.5s 6 Craig Breen/Scott Martin (Citroen C3 WRC): +2m06.7s 7 Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (Toyota Yaris WRC) +4m04.9s 8 Hayden Paddon/Seb Marshall (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) +4m31.3s 9 Eric Camilli/Benjamin Veillas (Ford Fiesta R5) +8m41.9s 10 Armin Kremer/Pirmin Winklhofer (Ford Fiesta WRC) +8m54.5s 22 Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm (Toyota Yaris WRC) +17m43.3s (Results as of 20:00 on Saturday, for the latest results please visit www.wrc.com) Topics: Much of today’s action, including the fearsome Panzerplatte stage, took place in the Baumholder area, a military training ground. The roads here are unlike any others in the WRC, consisting of broken concrete that offers less grip than traditional asphalt, particularly when wet. The roads are also lined by hinkelsteins. These large concrete blocks were designed to keep tanks on the road, so rally cars are advised to keep well away. What’s next? The rally concludes tomorrow with two runs over the Losheim am See and St. Wendeler Land stages. The first car is due to leave service at Bostalsee at 06:40,

    Rallye Deutschland – Day 1 – TRICKY ASPHALT TESTS TOYOTA GAZOO Racing TRIO

    August 19, 2017
    The first full day of competition on Rallye Deutschland was dominated by challenging weather conditions, with changing grip levels during the morning stages and heavy rain in the afternoon. Juho Hänninen ended the day holding sixth overall for the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team, two places ahead of Jari-Matti Latvala. Latvala was running in the top five before he was slowed by an issue on the final stage of the morning loop. The Toyota mechanics replaced the ignition system during the mid-day service to allow Latvala and his Yaris WRC to run at full speed again in the afternoon, and he won the last stage of the day. Hänninen meanwhile recovered well from going off the road in the second stage of the day to move into the top six on the day’s final stage. Rally Finland winner Esapekka Lappi was second-quickest on the first run of the Grafschaft stage, but on the repeat pass he hit a patch of mud and slid wide, damaging his suspension. He was forced to retire from the day, but plans to return to action on Saturday. Quotes: Tommi Mäkinen (Team principal) “Today was a difficult day for all the crews with the weather conditions. When it is like this it is really easy to make a mistake on these roads. Unfortunately, that is what happened to Esapekka, who was again doing a good job before then. Jari-Matti’s car had a problem relating to the ignition, although we still need to fully investigate it. Juho has driven really well today on a rally that he doesn’t know very well. In conditions like these the drivers really have to be clever. Tomorrow will be a big day and hopefully it can be a good one for us.” Jari-Matti Latvala (Driver car 10) “This morning the conditions were difficult, because some parts of the road were dry and some parts were damp, and the grip levels were changing all the time. Despite this, we had quite a good consistent run and I was looking forward to improving after service. But then before stage five we had the problem with the ignition. The team resolved this for the afternoon, when the stages were very wet and very muddy and it was difficult to get a good feeling with the driving. Tomorrow is going to be important; hopefully we can gain some more places.” END OF DAY 1 (FRIDAY): 1 Ott Tanak/Martin Jarveoja (Ford Fiesta WRC) 1h07m23.0s 2 Andreas Mikkelsen/Anders Jaeger (Citroen C3 WRC) +5.7s 3 Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) +28.2s 4 Sebastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (Ford Fiesta WRC) +30.6s 5 Elfyn Evans/Daniel Barritt (Ford Fiesta WRC) +52.1s 6 Juho Hänninen/Kaj Lindström (Toyota Yaris WRC) +1m14.7s 7 Craig Breen/Scott Martin (Citroen C3 WRC): +1m24.5s 8 Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (Toyota Yaris WRC) +1m54.7s 9 Hayden Paddon/Seb Marshall (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) +2m29.5s 10 Jan Kopecky/Pavel Dresler (Skoda Fabia R5) +3m36.2s 40 Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm (Toyota Yaris WRC) +14m30.1s (Results as of 21:00 on Friday, for the
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