World Rally Championship

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing heads north in search of further snow success

Friday, February 19, 2021 - 9:59am

Making its debut in the FIA World Rally Championship, the event takes the place of the cancelled Rally Sweden as the season's only pure winter round.

Key Points: 
  • Making its debut in the FIA World Rally Championship, the event takes the place of the cancelled Rally Sweden as the season's only pure winter round.
  • The team will travel north from its base in central Finland aiming to continue the strong record of the Toyota Yaris WRC on snow and ice, having claimed three victories in Sweden in the past four seasons.
  • The rally will run to a condensed format with 10 stages providing a total of 251.08 competitive kilometres.
  • The final day on Sunday consists of two passes over the Aittajarvi test, the latter as the Power Stage.

Ogier Claims Record Eighth Monte-Carlo win in Toyota Yaris WRC 1-2

Monday, January 25, 2021 - 12:51am

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.

Key Points: 
  • 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.
  • On his home event, Ogier claimed the lead back with a storming stage win on Saturday's first test.
  • 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.

New-Look Toyota Yaris Wrc Ready to Fight for More Titles in 2021

Thursday, January 14, 2021 - 11:16pm

Toyota City, Japan, Jan 15, 2021 - (JCN Newswire) - The TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team has unveiled a new look for the Toyota Yaris WRC as it prepares to add to the car's haul of FIA World Rally Championship success during the 2021 season.

Key Points: 
  • Toyota City, Japan, Jan 15, 2021 - (JCN Newswire) - The TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team has unveiled a new look for the Toyota Yaris WRC as it prepares to add to the car's haul of FIA World Rally Championship success during the 2021 season.
  • Underneath this new appearance, the team will continue with the proven package of the Toyota Yaris WRC for a fifth consecutive season - the last before new technical regulations are introduced to the championship in 2022.
  • In 2021, the team's aim is to secure the full set of championship titles.
  • The team continues to work to optimise the Yaris WRC, with further developments set to be introduced during 2021.

Ogier and Ingrassia Become Seven-Time World Champions With Toyota Gazoo Racing

Monday, December 7, 2020 - 2:33am

Toyota City, Japan, Dec 7, 2020 - (JCN Newswire) - Sebastien Ogier and his co-driver Julien Ingrassia have claimed their seventh FIA World Rally Championship titles* with victory in the Toyota Yaris WRC in an eventful deciding round of the season at Rally Monza.

Key Points: 
  • Toyota City, Japan, Dec 7, 2020 - (JCN Newswire) - Sebastien Ogier and his co-driver Julien Ingrassia have claimed their seventh FIA World Rally Championship titles* with victory in the Toyota Yaris WRC in an eventful deciding round of the season at Rally Monza.
  • Ogier has achieved his latest success in his first season with the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team.
  • Once again, the rain made things challenging, particularly on the last stage, but Ogier made it through with a final margin of 13.9s.
  • Takamoto Katsuta completed his five-round schedule in a Yaris WRC as part of the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing WRC Challenge Program in style with victory in the rally-ending Power Stage - his maiden WRC fastest time.

World Rally Championship Launches Own Channel On Motorsport.tv

Friday, December 4, 2020 - 2:00pm

LONDON, Dec. 4, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) has collaborated with Motorsport Network to launch a dedicated Motorsport.tv channel ahead of the 2020 finale at Monza this weekend.

Key Points: 
  • LONDON, Dec. 4, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) has collaborated with Motorsport Network to launch a dedicated Motorsport.tv channel ahead of the 2020 finale at Monza this weekend.
  • Launching onto Motorsport Network's OTT platform, the championship will deliver the latest news updates and most spectacular videos from the world of rallying to the network's 56 million-strong digital monthly audience.
  • With the offer going live from today, fans from around the globe will be able to enjoy content from this weekend's ACI Rally Monza through the dedicated WRC channel on Motorsport.tv.
  • Bringing fresh insight from all the championship's popular events, including Rally Monte-Carlo, Safari Rally Kenya or Rally Japan to existing and new digital audiences, this bespoke channel aims to grow the global reach of the WRC and get new, younger fans interested and excited about it.

World Rally Championship Launches Own Channel On Motorsport.tv

Friday, December 4, 2020 - 2:00pm

New official channel to deliver rally highlights from its global championship.

Key Points: 
  • New official channel to deliver rally highlights from its global championship.
  • LONDON, Dec. 4, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) has collaborated with Motorsport Network to launch a dedicated Motorsport.tv channel ahead of the 2020 finale at Monza this weekend.
  • With the offer going live from today, fans from around the globe will be able to enjoy content from this weekend's ACI Rally Monza through the dedicated WRC channel on Motorsport.tv.
  • Bringing fresh insight from all the championship's popular events, including Rally Monte-Carlo, Safari Rally Kenya or Rally Japan to existing and new digital audiences, this bespoke channel aims to grow the global reach of the WRC and get new, younger fans interested and excited about it.

Ogier on the Podium, Evans Remains Championship Leader for Toyota Gazoo Racing

Monday, October 12, 2020 - 2:36am

Elfyn Evans finished fourth and continues to lead the drivers' championship, 14 points ahead of his team-mate Ogier and 24 in front of the driver in third.

Key Points: 
  • Elfyn Evans finished fourth and continues to lead the drivers' championship, 14 points ahead of his team-mate Ogier and 24 in front of the driver in third.
  • Having been particularly disadvantaged by opening the road on Friday, fourth place overall also represents a good result for Evans and his co-driver Scott Martin.
  • Both Ogier and Evans claimed additional bonus points towards the championship with the third and fourth-best times respectively in the Power Stage.
  • Seb did a brilliant job this morning to close the gap to the leader and it was a really exciting battle.

Toyota Motor Corporation Announces Appointment of Tommi Makinen as a Motorsport Advisor

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 - 10:08am

Toyota City, Japan, Sept 22, 2020 - (JCN Newswire) - Tommi Makinen* will be appointed as a Motorsport Advisor to Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) from January 2021, with the aim of further advancing the manufacturing of ever-better cars.

Key Points: 
  • Toyota City, Japan, Sept 22, 2020 - (JCN Newswire) - Tommi Makinen* will be appointed as a Motorsport Advisor to Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) from January 2021, with the aim of further advancing the manufacturing of ever-better cars.
  • Behind the appointment is Tommi Makinen's impressive contribution to the supercharged re-ignition of Toyota's World Rally operations from 2017.
  • Appointing him as a motorsport advisor of Toyota Motor Corporation, the brand is looking forward to his advice on strategy formulation and organizational operations.
  • Consequently, the WRC project built by Tommi Makinen Racing Oy--TOYOTA GAZOO Racing WRT and the design and development of World Rally Cars--will be managed directly by Toyota.

Evans Claims Victory for TOYOTA GAZOO Racing on a Turbulent Final Day

Monday, September 21, 2020 - 2:48am

Toyota City, Japan, Sept 21, 2020 - (JCN Newswire) - Elfyn Evans took his second victory with the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team on a dramatic final day of Rally Turkey, where he rose from fourth to first position in a demanding longest stage of the 2020 season.

Key Points: 
  • Toyota City, Japan, Sept 21, 2020 - (JCN Newswire) - Elfyn Evans took his second victory with the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team on a dramatic final day of Rally Turkey, where he rose from fourth to first position in a demanding longest stage of the 2020 season.
  • Evans on the other hand made it through the stage without trouble, setting the fastest time to surge into a 46.9-second lead.
  • His result helps Toyota increase its lead in the manufacturers' championship to nine points.
  • Headquartered in Toyota City, Japan, Toyota has been making cars since 1937.

Podium, Power Stage Win and a Streak of Fastest Times for the Toyota Yaris WRC

Monday, September 7, 2020 - 1:36am

With fourth in the rally-ending Power Stage, Ogier is now nine points in front of team-mate Elfyn Evans in the standings.

Key Points: 
  • With fourth in the rally-ending Power Stage, Ogier is now nine points in front of team-mate Elfyn Evans in the standings.
  • Evans and his co-driver Scott Martin won Sunday's opening stage on their way to finishing fourth overall and took second in the Power Stage.
  • He finished only 1m18.7s behind the winner after he topped the Power Stage for the second time this season.
  • He seems to find his best performance when under big pressure like he did here in the Power Stage.