Rally racing

Record-breaker Rovanpera takes his first win driving Toyota Yaris WRC

Monday, July 19, 2021 - 2:19am

Rovanpera led after all but two of the event's 24 stages, held over some of the fastest roads in rallying.

Key Points: 
  • Rovanpera led after all but two of the event's 24 stages, held over some of the fastest roads in rallying.
  • The team's fifth consecutive win (and sixth from seven rounds so far this year) is the longest-ever WRC winning streak achieved by Toyota in its proud rallying history.
  • In a tricky rally-ending Power Stage, Ogier, Evans and Rovanpera filled positions three to five to claim additional bonus points.
  • Ogier and Evans remain first and second in the drivers' standings, separated by 37 points, with Rovanpera up to fourth.

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing claims first and second on Safari return

Monday, June 28, 2021 - 1:49am

Toyota City, Japan, June 28, 2021 - (JCN Newswire) - The TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team is celebrating victory in the first Safari Rally Kenya to be held as part of the FIA World Rally Championship for nearly 20 years.

Key Points: 
  • Toyota City, Japan, June 28, 2021 - (JCN Newswire) - The TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team is celebrating victory in the first Safari Rally Kenya to be held as part of the FIA World Rally Championship for nearly 20 years.
  • The event lived up to its reputation as an extremely demanding rally, with many of the crews experiencing difficulties over the weekend.
  • The victory is the ninth claimed by Toyota in the history of the Safari Rally.
  • Katsuta's maiden podium finish is a landmark result for the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing WRC Challenge Program, which has helped to develop the Japanese driver's talent since 2015.

Toyota Yaris WRC to face another 'new' challenge on Africa's return

Friday, June 18, 2021 - 9:08am

The rally marks a debut on the African continent for the Toyota Yaris WRC, which currently leads both the manufacturers' and drivers' championships after winning four of the first five rounds of 2021.

Key Points: 
  • The rally marks a debut on the African continent for the Toyota Yaris WRC, which currently leads both the manufacturers' and drivers' championships after winning four of the first five rounds of 2021.
  • Although it last featured in the WRC in 2002, the Safari Rally has a legendary status in motorsport.
  • The rally will start on Thursday lunchtime from the capital city Nairobi, with a nearby super special in Kasarani to kick-off the competitive action.
  • Sixth in the points is the team's youngest driver Kalle Rovanpera, while Takamoto Katsuta will once again be in action in a fourth Yaris WRC as part of the TGR WRC Challenge Program.

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Sets Sail in Search of Sardinian Success

Friday, May 28, 2021 - 9:03am

Rally Italia Sardegna returns to its traditional June date this year after the 2020 edition was switched to the autumn.

Key Points: 
  • Rally Italia Sardegna returns to its traditional June date this year after the 2020 edition was switched to the autumn.
  • The stages are fast but narrow and lined with bushes, trees and rocks, making them tricky for the drivers too.
  • "We had a fantastic result in Portugal and that gives us a good feeling moving onto another gravel rally in Sardinia.
  • "I'm sure that Sardinia will be another demanding rally for us, opening the road again like in Portugal.

Evans wins, Ogier on the podium for TOYOTA GAZOO Racing

Monday, May 24, 2021 - 2:33am

Toyota City, Japan, May 24, 2021 - (JCN Newswire) - 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.

Key Points: 
  • Toyota City, Japan, May 24, 2021 - (JCN Newswire) - 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.
  • Along with co-driver Scott Martin, Evans drove a consistent and intelligent rally and was rewarded with the lead on Saturday afternoon.
  • 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.

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Leads the WRC onto Gravel

Friday, May 14, 2021 - 9:04am

Elfyn Evans is third, 10 points behind his team-mate, and Kalle Rovanpera fifth, within 22 points of the lead.

Key Points: 
  • Elfyn Evans is third, 10 points behind his team-mate, and Kalle Rovanpera fifth, within 22 points of the lead.
  • Once again, Takamoto Katsuta will be behind the wheel of a fourth Yaris WRC in Portugal as part of the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing WRC Challenge Program, looking to build on three consecutive top-six finishes.\nThe team continues to develop the Toyota Yaris WRC during its fifth season of competition and, after an update to the car's aerodynamic package debuted in Croatia, a new engine will be introduced in Portugal with improvements in power and reliability.\nAfter events on ice, snow and asphalt so far this season, Portugal marks the first in a run of consecutive events on gravel.
  • Friday features a loop of three stages in the nearby Arganil area which must be run twice without a mid-day service.
  • A total of five stages complete the rally on Sunday, including two passes of the returning Felguieras test and the famous Fafe, which hosts the Power Stage.\n"

Incredible finish delivers TOYOTA GAZOO Racing one-two

Monday, April 26, 2021 - 1:58am

b'Toyota City, Japan, Apr 26, 2021 - (JCN Newswire) - 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.

Key Points: 
  • b'Toyota City, Japan, Apr 26, 2021 - (JCN Newswire) - 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.
  • To our fans, please continue cheering for the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team.
  • "\n"To come second is never the way you want to finish when you go into the last stage with the lead.
  • Based in Matosinhos near Porto in the north of the country, it features classic stages on sandy and rocky roads.

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.

cbdMD Extends Sponsorship With Professional Rally Driver Megastar Ken Block

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 - 2:45pm

Through this renewed sponsorship with cbdMD, the brand is set to become synonymous with Blocks rally car races, with the cbdMD logo to appear on his official fire suit and rally car.

Key Points: 
  • Through this renewed sponsorship with cbdMD, the brand is set to become synonymous with Blocks rally car races, with the cbdMD logo to appear on his official fire suit and rally car.
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    cbdMD Extends Sponsorship With Professional Rally Driver Megastar Ken Block (Photo: Business Wire)
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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.