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    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

    Wales Rally GB – Day 1 – LATVALA LEADS TOYOTA EFFORT AFTER A TOUGH DAY IN WALES

    October 27, 2017
    All three TOYOTA GAZOO Racing drivers have made it through a challenging first full day of Wales Rally GB without any incidents. Jari-Matti Latvala holds fifth place overall and still has the podium positions within his sight with two days of rallying remaining. Juho Hänninen occupies 10th place, and Esapekka Lappi is only just behind. Unusually on Rally GB, the weather was dry throughout the day, but after overnight rain all of the drivers found the grip levels difficult to predict in the muddy forests of mid Wales. Adding to the difficulty was the lack of any mid-day service halt, with only a tyre fitting zone at lunchtime. Having had the opportunity to work with the engineers to tweak the setup of their cars tonight, all three drivers will look to improve their positions tomorrow. Jari-Matti Latvala (Driver car 10) “The conditions have been difficult for everybody today. There was heavy rain overnight and then the roads started to dry, which actually made the situation worse as the moisture came to the top of the road and the surface became slippery. In the morning I was struggling with understeer and didn’t have the confidence to push, but we changed some things at the regroup and the car definitely felt better, even though were still struggling a bit with the traction. To be in fifth position is not so bad, but we have been discussing things that we can do to improve for tomorrow.” END OF DAY 2(FRIDAY): 1 Elfyn Evans/Daniel Barritt (Ford Fiesta WRC) 1h09m20.9s 2 Ott Tanak/Martin Jarveoja (Ford Fiesta WRC) +24.6s 3 Sebastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (Ford Fiesta WRC) +26.8s 4 Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) +37.1s 5 Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (Toyota Yaris WRC) +41.9s 6 Kris Meeke/Paul Nagle (Citroen C3 WRC): +42.0s 7 Andreas Mikkelsen/Anders Jaeger (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) +52.0s 8 Dani Sordo/Marc Marti (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) +1m13.9s 9 Hayden Paddon/Seb Marshall (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) +1m22.9s 10 Juho Hänninen/Kaj Lindström (Toyota Yaris WRC) +1m43.5s 11 Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm (Toyota Yaris WRC) +1m50.0s (Results as of 21:00 on Friday, for the latest results please visitwww.wrc.com) Topics: Tomorrow’s schedule includes a 1.8-kilometre stage as part of Toyota RallyFest at Cholmondeley Castle. Newly sponsored by Toyota GB this year, this is a full day of entertainment designed to appeal to new rally fans and those with children. The stage itself – the only one to be held in England – is a throwback to the stately home tests that used to be common on the British round of the WRC, taking place on asphalt roads in the castle grounds. Spectators will have the opportunity to get autographs from top drivers and to enjoy a display of iconic rally cars from the past, including classic Toyotas. What’s next? The crews face a mammoth day tomorrow with nine stages in total and 16 hours between the start and finish of the day. The first car will leave service at 06:25 in the morning bound for a loop of

    Wales Rally GB – Presentation – TOYOTA GAZOO Racing READY TO ATTACK THE WELSH FORESTS

    October 23, 2017
    The TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team takes on one of the most famous rounds of the FIA World Rally Championship with Rally GB from October 26-29. Drivers Jari-Matti Latvala, Juho Hänninen and Esapekka Lappi will head into the forests of Wales for the penultimate round of the season, looking to add to the strong potential displayed by the Yaris WRC during its debut campaign. Rally GB takes place over forest tracks through mid and north Wales. In dry conditions these stages can be driven at fairly high speeds, but in the Welsh autumn the pace is tempered by mud, which can make the surfaces treacherously slippery. Fog and even ice can add to the challenge, particularly early in the morning or late in the evening. The rally begins on Thursday night with a new spectator stage at the Tir Prince trotting track on the north Welsh coast, east of the service park in Deeside. Friday consists of the classic Myherin, Sweet Lamb and Hafren stages, run twice with only a tyre fitting zone in between the two loops. A marathon Saturday features nine stages and ends in darkness. Five more stages conclude the action on Sunday, ending with the Brenig Power Stage. Jari-Matti Latvala (Driver car 10) “Britain is a bit like my second home as it’s where I started my career and it was also my first world championship rally. There are some fantastic stages like Myherin and Dyfnant, which I’m looking forward to going back to. We obviously had a few technical issues in some of the recent rallies, but I feel confident that the team has got completely on top of those now and I just want to have two strong events to finish this incredible season. The first few rallies were challenging but maybe less demanding on the car than these events now at the end of the year, so we are learning more all the time as it is still only our first season as a team.” 2017 FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP FOR DRIVERS AFTER ROUND 11: 1 Sebastien Ogier 198 2 Ott Tänak 161 3 Thierry Neuville 160 4 Jari-Matti Latvala 123 5 Dani Sordo 94 6 Elfyn Evans 93 7 Juho Hänninen 71 8 Craig Breen 64 9 Kris Meeke 60 10 Hayden Paddon 55 11 Esapekka Lappi 49 2017 FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP FOR MANUFACTURERS AFTER ROUND 11: 1 M-Sport World Rally Team 358 2 Hyundai Motorsport 275 3 TOYOTA GAZOO Racing WRT 225 4 Citroen Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team 198 Press release TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team
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