Recent Comments

    1
    /
    3
    /

    Latest News

    Follow me from Rallye Monte-Carlo to Australia!

    Rally Italia Sardegna – Round 5 – TOYOTA GAZOO Racing scores a remarkable one-two in Sardinia

    June 6, 2021
    The TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team has claimed an amazing one-two finish on Rally Italia Sardegna, with Sébastien Ogier scoring his third victory from five events so far this season and Elfyn Evans taking second to complete a remarkable result that extends the team’s advantage in the championship. The team’s maiden Sardinia win came after a fast and reliable performance from the Toyota Yaris WRC and its drivers, who were able to overcome their disadvantageous positions at the head of the road order on Friday. Ogier was particularly impressive opening the road on Friday, ending the day in third before climbing into the rally lead on Saturday, when Evans also improved his confidence and speed to rise to second. Ogier and co-driver Julien Ingrassia safely managed their advantage through the final day’s four stages to clinch their fourth Sardinia victory and first since 2015. Evans, co-driven by Scott Martin, started the final day with a strong stage win in SS17 to increase his advantage over third place, and was also fastest in SS19. In the final stage he was slowed after water entered the car in a watersplash, but the buffer he had built earlier meant his second place was secured. With two bonus points for the fourth fastest time in the Power Stage, Ogier now leads the championship by 11 points over Evans, who is in turn 18 points ahead of the driver in third. Taking three bonus points for the third-best time in the Power Stage was Kalle Rovanperä, who together with co-driver Jonne Halttunen had been forced to stop by a technical issue on Friday while running in second position. With the help of their additional points, Toyota now has a 49-point lead in the manufuacturers’ standings. Three Toyota Yaris WRC crews finished inside the top four, with TGR WRC Challenge Program driver Takamoto Katsuta repeating the personal-best finish of fourth he recorded on the previous round in Portugal to continue his recent progress. On the final day Katsuta took a steady approach to secure the result while his co-driver Dan Barritt was feeling unwell as a result of dehydration due to the heat in Sardinia. Barritt was checked and released by doctors after the finish.  Quotes: Jari-Matti Latvala (Team Principal) “This is a fantastic result for our team. We came here to Sardinia knowing that it would not be an easy rally for us, that we would not necessarily be able to win, but in the end we are celebrating a one-two. It was not a perfect weekend because of the problem that Kalle unfortunately had on the first day and we need to learn from this to be stronger in the future, but otherwise the three other cars were working really well on these tough stages. Overall we had performance, we had reliability and we had consistency. It’s very good news for the championship, but we know the competition is getting tougher all the time so we need to keep working if we want

    #WRC – Round 4 – Evans wins, Ogier on the podium for TOYOTA GAZOO Racing

    May 23, 2021
    The TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team is celebrating its third win and double podium finish from four events so far in 2021 after Elfyn Evans claimed victory at the Rally de Portugal. Sébastien Ogier finished third and continues to lead the drivers’ championship – two points in front of Evans – while the team has extended its lead in the manufacturers’ standings. Along with co-driver Scott Martin, Evans drove a consistent and intelligent rally and was rewarded with the lead on Saturday afternoon. His advantage coming into the final day’s five stages was a narrow 10.7 seconds, but he stormed through the opening test 8.9s quicker than anyone else to almost double his margin. He claimed two further stage wins later during the morning – bringing his tally for the weekend to six – and ultimately sealed victory by 28.3s. It’s the fourth win of his WRC career, and his third since joining Toyota at the start of 2020. Ogier and co-driver Julien Ingrassia recovered well from the disadvantage of running first on the road on Friday and sweeping the loose gravel stages. Securing third overall, he saved his tyres for the rally-ending Power Stage to try and secure as many points as possible. He set the third-best time, giving him three bonus points and his two-point advantage in the standings over Evans, who was fifth-fastest in the same test as he sealed the overall win. Finishing a superb fourth place after a fast and consistent weekend, Takamoto Katsuta claimed the best result of his career to-date, driving a Yaris WRC as part of the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing WRC Challenge Program. After retiring due to technical reasons on Saturday afternoon, Kalle Rovanperä restarted this morning, taking the opportunity to gain further knowledge and also setting the fourth-best time in the Power Stage. Quote: Jari-Matti Latvala (Team Principal) “We are very, very happy with this result. At the beginning of the rally it wasn’t looking like we would finish on the highest step of the podium. But in rallying you have to complete every corner until the end of the very last stage, and in the end we won the rally, which is always a fantastic feeling. Elfyn has been the most consistent driver over the weekend and the performance has been at a high level as well. And generally the team has been doing really good work over the weekend with a lot of positive things to take away: Seb scoring the third place, bringing great points for the championship, and also Takamoto taking his best ever result in fourth. Unfortunately it was a more disappointing rally for Kalle, but I’m sure he will be very motivated to come back strongly.” PROVISIONAL FINAL CLASSIFICATION, RALLY DE PORTUGAL 1 Elfyn Evans/Scott Martin (Toyota Yaris WRC) 3h38m26.2s 2 Dani Sordo/Borja Rozada (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) +28.3s 3 Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (Toyota Yaris WRC) +1m23.6s 4 Takamoto Katsuta/Dan Barritt (Toyota Yaris WRC) +2m28.4s 5 Gus Greensmith/Chris Patterson (Ford Fiesta WRC) +4m52.7s 6

    #WRC – Round 3 – Incredible finish delivers TOYOTA GAZOO Racing one-two

    April 26, 2021
    The TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team claimed another one-two finish in a thrilling conclusion to the first ever Croatia Rally held as part of the FIA World Rally Championship. In a final-stage decider that went right down to the last metres, Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia claimed the victory by just 0.6 seconds over their team-mates Elfyn Evans and Scott Martin in one of the WRC’s closest ever finishes. Just 10.4s covered the top three cars going into the final day of the rally, with Ogier 6.9s in front of Evans. In the opening two stages of the final day, Evans was the fastest driver and took the lead away from Ogier – who had earlier been involved in a traffic incident on a road section, from which everybody thankfully came away safely. His car was able to continue in the rally, albeit with damage to the right-side door and aerodynamics. Evans and Ogier began the deciding Power Stage separated by 3.9s, and needing to push to secure the one-two result with only a narrow margin back to third place. In the end, Ogier was fastest through the stage and claimed the victory, Evans completing 4.5s slower after running wide close to the end. The final winning margin was the third closest in WRC history. With a maximum points haul, Ogier moves back to the top of the drivers’ standings and the team extends its lead in the manfuacturers’ championship to 27 points. Takamoto Katsuta claimed his third consecutive sixth-place finish in the Toyota Yaris WRC he drives as part of the TGR WRC Challenge Program, having impressed with his pace and two stage wins on Saturday alongside co-driver Dan Barritt. Jari-Matti Latvala (Team Principal) “It is so tense and exciting following the action on the stages when our drivers fighting for the victory like they were today. I feel very sorry for Elfyn, he went a little bit wide on the last corner and basically it was lost there, but they both had to push, and Seb did a brilliant final stage. We are happy, we need to be proud of what these guys have done this weekend and for another one-two finish, which is an amazing result for the team.” FINAL CLASSIFICATION, CROATIA RALLY 1 Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (Toyota Yaris WRC) 2h51m22.9s 2 Elfyn Evans/Scott Martin (Toyota Yaris WRC) +0.6s 3 Thierry Neuville/Martijn Wydaeghe (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) +8.1s 4 Ott Tänak/Martin Järveoja (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) +1m25.1s 5 Adrien Fourmaux/Renaud Jamoul (Ford Fiesta WRC) +3m09.7s 6 Takamoto Katsuta/Dan Barritt (Toyota Yaris WRC) +3m31.8s 7 Gus Greensmith/Chris Patterson (Ford Fiesta WRC) +3m58.8s 8 Craig Breen/Paul Nagle (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) +4m28.2s 9 Mads Østberg/Torstein Eriksen (Citroën C3 Rally2) +10m00.8s 10 Teemu Suninen/Mikko Markkula (Ford Fiesta Rally2) +10m29.3s Retired Kalle Rovanperä/Jonne Halttunen (Toyota Yaris WRC) What’s next? Round four will be the first gravel event of the year: Rally de Portugal (May 20-23). Based in Matosinhos near Porto in the north of the country, it features classic stages

    #WRC – Round 2 – Arctic Rally Finland – Flying Finn Rovanperä claims the championship lead in the Toyota Yaris WRC

    February 27, 2021
    Kalle Rovanperä has become the youngest ever driver to lead the FIA World Rally Championship standings after finishing in a strong second place on home ground at Arctic Rally Finland, securing the position with the fastest time on the rally-ending Power Stage in his Toyota Yaris WRC. Twenty-year-old Rovanperä and his co-driver Jonne Halttunen were among the pacesetters from the beginning of the rally, and were holding onto second overall by just 1.8 seconds at the beginning of the final day – a margin they extended by 0.1s in the first of the two passes of the Aittajärvi stage. In the repeat pass on the Power Stage, Rovanperä achieved the best time by 0.3s, securing second overall by 2.3s – the best result of his FIA World Rally Championship career to-date. With the Power Stage win he also claimed the maximum of five bonus points on offer towards both the drivers’ and manufacturers’ standings, and now leads the championship for the first time in his career by four points over his nearest rival. With Elfyn Evans finishing in fifth position, the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team continues to lead the manufacturers’ championship with an 11-point advantage. Evans had been fastest in the first stage of the day as he kept the pressure on in the battle for fourth overall, but ultimately missed out by 8.9s. He is now joint third in the championship together with team-mate Sébastien Ogier, who restarted on Sunday and claimed one additional point for fifth in the Power Stage despite a disadvantageous road position. TGR WRC Challenge Program driver Takamoto Katsuta gained sixth place on the very last stage in his Yaris WRC, matching the career-best result he achieved on the opening round of the season in Monte Carlo. Quotes: Jari-Matti Latvala (Team Principal) “Kalle has produced a very very good performance on this rally, managing to maintain second position on the final day and also winning the Power Stage, scoring good points for the team and for himself. Elfyn tried hard to gain fourth but it wasn’t to be. We are still leading both championships so we can be satisfied, but of course we wanted more. This was a home rally for the team and we were hoping to be able to win here. We seemed to be struggling a little bit with the setup so the drivers were not completely happy with the car all of the time. We were fast on some of the stages but then there were some stages where we were not so competitive and we need to analyse why.” FINAL CLASSIFICATION, ARCTIC RALLY FINLAND 1 Ott Tänak/Martin Järveoja (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) 2h03m49.6s 2 Kalle Rovanperä/Jonne Halttunen (Toyota Yaris WRC) +17.5s 3 Thierry Neuville/Martijn Wydaeghe (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) +19.8s 4 Craig Breen/Paul Nagle (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) +52.6s 5 Elfyn Evans/Scott Martin (Toyota Yaris WRC) +1m01.5s 6 Takamoto Katsuta/Dan Barritt (Toyota Yaris WRC) +1m37.8s 7 Oliver Solberg/Seb Marshall (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) +1m39.0s 8 Teemu Suninen/Mikko Markkula

    #WRC – Round 1 – Ogier claims record eighth Monte-Carlo win in Toyota Yaris WRC 1-2

    January 22, 2021
    Sébastien Ogier and his co-driver Julien Ingrassia have won the legendary Rallye Monte-Carlo for a record eighth time, leading team-mates Elfyn Evans and Scott Martin in a fantastic one-two finish for the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team on the opening round of the 2021 season. Kalle Rovanperä and Jonne Halttunen finished fourth to complete an amazing weekend for the team. The victory is also the 50th for Ogier and Ingrassia in the FIA World Rally Championship, becoming only the second competitors to reach the landmark. This is the first time that the team has won the WRC’s most prestigious event with its Toyota Yaris WRC, having made the podium every year since its debut in 2017. It is the fourth Rallye Monte-Carlo win in Toyota’s history, coming on the 30th anniversary of its maiden victory in 1991. Rallye Monte-Carlo lived up to its reputation as the most demanding event on the WRC calendar with special challenges for this year’s edition. A modified schedule to follow coronavirus restrictions in France meant that some stages took place before dawn complete with ice and snow. WRC teams also had to get to grips with tyres from the new sole supplier Pirelli on an event where tyre choice is always criticial to the outcome. The Toyota team led the rally from its third stage early on Friday morning, with Rovanperä, Ogier and then Evans all taking turns in the lead over the course of the rally’s longest day. On his home event, Ogier claimed the lead back with a storming stage win on Saturday’s first test. He took a 13-second advantage over Evans into the final day, when he won three of the four stages – including the rally-ending Power Stage – to begin the defence of his title in the perfect way. With second place Evans also makes a strong start to his championship campaign, while Rovanperä begins his second season at rallying’s highest level having fought for the podium on such a demanding event. Tyre damage on Sunday’s first stage contributed to Rovanperä missing out on the top three, but he did finish with the second fastest time in the Power Stage. With Evans third quickest, the team locked out the top three positions on the Power Stage, which from this season also gives bonus points towards the manufacturers’ championship. This, combined with the one-two finish in the rally, means the team takes maximum points from the opening round – a dream start for new Team Principal Jari-Matti Latvala as he looks to build upon the work of his predecessor Tommi Mäkinen. TOYOTA GAZOO Racing WRC Challenge Program driver Takamoto Katsuta made it four Yaris WRC drivers in the top six as he completed Rallye Monte-Carlo for the second year in a row and scored his best WRC result so far in sixth place. Jari-Matti Latvala (Team Principal) “I am really, really proud of the team. What a fantastic result. For my first rally in this role and immediately we have
    0WRC Points
    0Stage Wins
    0WRC Starts
    0WRC wins

    WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP DRIVER

    Youngest Rally Winner – 22 years, 313 days (2008 Swedish Rally)

    Learn about

    The World is my Stage

    All
    0
    2017
    0
    Rally Argentina
    0
    Rally Australia
    0
    Rally Chile
    0
    Rally d'Italia Sardegna
    0
    Rally de Portugal
    0
    Rally Finland
    0
    Rally GB
    0
    Rally Mexico
    0
    Rally Poland
    0
    Rally RACC Catalunya
    0
    Rally Sweden
    0
    Rally Turkey
    0
    Rallye Deutschland
    0
    Rallye Monte-Carlo
    0
    Tour de Corse
    0
    WRC
    0

     

    JM-RALLY PARC FERMÉ

    Show your support with official Jari-Matti’s merchandise

    See more
    RALLY CAR MUSEUM

    The Museum tells about the story of Jari-Matti Latvala.

    The Rally Parc Fermé Museum and summer cafe will be opened on 2nd June and is open until the 9th August.

    Discover more

    Sponsors

    I’m really proud to be part of their team. My partners are my greatest support.

    Discover more