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    RALLY AUSTRALIA: DAY1 – TOYOTA YARIS WRC DRIVERS SHOW THEIR SPEED ON FIRST DAY OF RALLY AUSTRALIA

    November 17, 2017
    Flying Finn Jari-Matti Latvala ends the opening day of Australian action in a fighting fourth place, ahead of his TOYOTA GAZOO Racing team mate Esapekka Lappi, who battled his way back up to 11th position following an early setback. Both cars had a challenging opening morning in the Australian forests before making up time in the afternoon, but are ready to take on the hot and demanding gravel conditions again tomorrow. Latvala’s rally got off to a tricky start when he lost his intercom and the front splitter in the morning, holding back his progress. The intercom problem was swiftly fixed following the opening stage, after he replaced the cable, but the bodywork damage had to wait until the midday service halt. Once the Finn had the car exactly to his liking he was able to make impressive progress in the afternoon, moving up from sixth to fourth overall. Lappi was forced to complete the morning stages with no power steering, but was also able to show his front-running speed in the afternoon. Quotes: Tommi Mäkinen (Team Principal) “After a difficult start for both our crews in the morning, for different reasons, the afternoon was a very good one for both Jari-Matti and Esapekka, as they made their way back up the order. Rally Australia has a reputation for being very challenging and it certainly lived up to that reputation today. So a big ‘thank you’ not just to the two driving crews, who did a very good job as usual, but especially to our mechanics, whose work was absolutely vital to our results today. Thanks to their excellent performance in the service park, we were able to put the two cars back in perfect condition and set some promising times in the afternoon.” Jari-Matti Latvala (Driver car 10) “It wasn’t a perfect way to start for us on the rally here as my intercom broke on the first stage. When you’re pushing hard, it definitely helps to be able to hear your co-driver! Then I also lost the front splitter, which obviously affected the handling of the car. But I’m pretty satisfied with our progress in the afternoon. It was important for us to get back up to fourth after the forest stages this afternoon, as this will give us a better road position tomorrow. To fight for a podium on this rally you have to be in the top five really: if you’re out of the top five than it becomes too tricky with the road position.” END OF DAY 1(FRIDAY): 1 Andreas Mikkelsen/Anders Jaeger (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) 57m51.9s 2 Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) +20.1s 3 Kris Meeke/Paul Nagle (Citroen C3 WRC): +20.8s 4 Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (Toyota Yaris WRC) +29.9s 5 Craig Breen/Scott Martin (Citroen C3 WRC): +30.8s 6 Ott Tanak/Martin Jarveoja (Ford Fiesta WRC) +33.0s 7 Hayden Paddon/Seb Marshall (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) +38.2s 8 Sebastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (Ford Fiesta WRC) +47.9s 9 Stephane Lefebvre/Gabin Moreau (Citroen C3 WRC): +57.3s 10 Elfyn

    RALLY AUSTRALIA: PREVIEW – AUSTRALIA THE FINAL TEST FOR THE YARIS WRC IN ITS DEVELOPMENT SEASON

    November 16, 2017
    The TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team will conclude its debut season in the FIA World Rally Championship season at Rally Australia on November 16-19. At the end of a campaign where learning and car development has been the main priority, the Yaris WRC will be put through its paces competitively for one last time this year by Jari-Matti Latvala and Esapekka Lappi. Rally Australia is held in New South Wales on varied gravel roads, with a combination of tight and twisty forest tracks and fast and flowing sections across open countryside. Trees line the side of the roads in many places, ready to catch out the unwary, while hanging dust can also be an added challenge. The rally is based in the coastal city of Coffs Harbour, and begins just to the north on Friday morning with three new-look stages that are then repeated in the afternoon. Friday and Saturday end with two passes of a sea-front super special stage in Coffs Harbour. The rest of Saturday’s action takes place to the south and includes the 49-kilometre Nambucca stage, which is separated in two for the afternoon pass. There are five stages on Sunday, with the second pass of Wedding Bells as the Power Stage. Quotes: Kaj Lindström (Sporting Director) “I’m very pleased that Tommi asked me to take on the role of Sporting Director. It’s a big challenge for me and I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve been around rallying for a long time as a co-driver, including this year with TOYOTA GAZOO Racing, so I know what happens during a rally weekend. But there are also a few different things that I don’t know about yet: a lot happens before the event and during the rally, while I used to be on the stages as a co-driver. So there are things that will be new for me, and I’m going to Rally Australia as a bit of a rookie in the job! The team’s preparation for the event has been good and I believe we can do well there. Jari-Matti has done it many times before, and Esapekka did well there in WRC2 last year. The weather forecast shows that there might be some thunderstorms during the rally, which could make things interesting! Jari-Matti Latvala (Driver car 10) “I’m really looking forward to Rally Australia. It’s a nice event to finish the year, usually in warm conditions and sunshine. The stages are fast and flowing and it’s a rally that I have pretty much always enjoyed. This year there will be some new sections and parts that have not been used for a long time. On Rally GB we struggled slightly but I think the Yaris WRC should be well-suited to the stages in Australia. Personally I want to go out there and really push for the podium, and if we could challenge for the victory that would be even better.” Press release TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team

    Wales Rally GB – Final – TOYOTA GAZOO Racing SCORES POINTS IN WALES

    October 30, 2017
    Jari-Matti Latvala and Esapekka Lappi both secured points finishes on Wales Rally GB, the penultimate round of the World Rally Championship, with Latvala also taking additional points thanks to a third-fastest time on the Power Stage. Latvala ended the rally in fifth place, less than a second behind the fourth-placed finisher, after winning two stages. Lappi was ninth, while Juho Hänninen was forced into retirement after a small mistake in tricky conditions on Saturday. The final day in Wales consisted of five stages run consecutively with no service halt, including the Power Stage that concluded the rally. Latvala was locked into a tight battle with his closest rival and pushed hard to try and make up a position. With Lappi having a larger gap in front and behind him, he concentrated on bringing the car home and collecting more data that will be vital for future development of the Yaris WRC. Jari-Matti Latvala (Driver car 10) “I couldn’t have gone any quicker than I did on the Power Stage: I gave it absolutely everything! This has not been a perfect rally for us, but we’re happy to score some points, we know what we can do to improve, and it doesn’t take anything away from the fact that the Toyota Yaris WRC is the best car that I’ve ever driven. Conditions between the rally and the test were not exactly the same and that was one of the problems we experienced: on the polished stages today it was impossible to get the car to turn, so that was frustrating. But I’ve still enjoyed the rally: it was fantastic to see so many spectators out on the stages. Wales is always one of the most difficult events of the year, but after Finland it is definitely my second home rally: I’m always very happy to be competing here.” PROVISIONAL FINAL RESULT, RALLY GB: 1 Elfyn Evans/Daniel Barritt (Ford Fiesta WRC) 2h57m00.6s 2 Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) +37.3s 3 Sebastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (Ford Fiesta WRC) +45.2s 4 Andreas Mikkelsen/Anders Jaeger (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) +49.8s 5 Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (Toyota Yaris WRC) +50.3s 6 Ott Tanak/Martin Jarveoja (Ford Fiesta WRC) +1m02.3s 7 Kris Meeke/Paul Nagle (Citroen C3 WRC): +1m20.5s 8 Hayden Paddon/Seb Marshall (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) +2m16.3s 9 Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm (Toyota Yaris WRC) +2m46.5s 10 Dani Sordo/Marc Marti (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) +3m50.5s Ret Juho Hänninen/Kaj Lindström (Toyota Yaris WRC) (Results as of 18:30 on Sunday, for the latest results please visitwww.wrc.com) 2017 FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP FOR DRIVERS AFTER ROUND 12: 1 Sebastien Ogier 215 2 Thierry Neuville 183 3 Ott Tanak 169 4 Jari-Matti Latvala 136 5 Elfyn Evans 118 6 Dani Sordo 95 7 Juho Hänninen 71 8 Kris Meeke 70 9 Craig Breen 64 10 Hayden Paddon 59 12 Esapekka Lappi 51 2017 FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP FOR MANUFACTURERS AFTER ROUND 12: 1 M-Sport World Rally Team 398 2 Hyundai Motorsport 305 3 TOYOTA GAZOO Racing WRT 241 4 Citroen Total Abu Dhabi

    WALES RALLY GB – DAY 2 – LATVALA AND THE YARIS WRC IN STRONG CONTENTION GOING INTO THE FINAL DAY

    October 29, 2017
    Jari-Matti Latvala goes into the final day of Wales Rally GB within touching distance of the podium positions after a long day of stages in which the performance improved throughout for the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team. After taking a stage win in foggy and dark conditions, Latvala climbed to fourth place overall, while Esapekka Lappi also made progress to ninth. Sadly, Juho Hänninen was forced to retire following contact, having also posted stronger times. The day’s itinerary featured nine stages and a total of 16 hours from start to finish, ending with two stages held in darkness. Having felt increasingly happy with the feeling of his Yaris WRC during the day, it was here where Latvala excelled, taking a stage win in dense fog on Aberhirnant to climb two places to fourth overall. He ended the day only 4.6 seconds away from second place. Lappi also had a strong finish to the day, with three consecutive top-five stage times and his best performance of the weekend so far in the night’s final test, having moved into ninth overall. Like his team-mates, Hänninen enjoyed a stronger performance during the morning, achieving the second-fastest time on the day’s longest stage, Dyfi. His rally ended however when he clipped a hay bale on the asphalt Cholmondeley Castle stage, damaging his car’s suspension. Jari-Matti Latvala (Driver car 10) “Things started a bit slowly in the first stage this morning but they just kept improving after that. We had much better traction than we did on Friday, and although we have still been struggling with understeer, we kept playing with the dampers during the day and this helped the car to feel better and better, and the stage times became quicker. Tonight in the dark and the fog I was quite happy with the performance. Sometimes you have to attack when the conditions are trickiest. The grip was quite good and the feeling with the car was good. I’m looking forward to tomorrow now.” END OF DAY 3(SATURDAY): 1 Elfyn Evans/Daniel Barritt (Ford Fiesta WRC) 2h32m39.2s 2 Sebastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (Ford Fiesta WRC) +53.1s 3 Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) +53.6s 4 Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (Toyota Yaris WRC) +57.7s 5 Andreas Mikkelsen/Anders Jaeger (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) +1m03.6s 6 Ott Tanak/Martin Jarveoja (Ford Fiesta WRC) +1m06.1s 7 Kris Meeke/Paul Nagle (Citroen C3 WRC): +1m27.6s 8 Hayden Paddon/Seb Marshall (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) +2m04.0s 9 Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm (Toyota Yaris WRC) +2m41.0s 10 Dani Sordo/Marc Marti (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) +3m35.8s Ret Juho Hänninen/Kaj Lindström (Toyota Yaris WRC) (Results as of 22:00 on Saturday, for the latest results please visitwww.wrc.com) Topics: Jari-Matti Latvala recently drove a classic Toyota from the past at Rallyday, an event held in England at Castle Combe circuit. Latvala got behind the wheel of a Toyota Celica ST185: exactly the same car that won the 1994 Portugal Rally with Latvala’s compatriot Juha Kankkunen and Welsh co-driver Nicky Grist – who is now the owner of the car. The
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