Toyota Yaris WRC

Evans and TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Seal Second in Spain

Monday, October 18, 2021 - 5:18am

Toyota City, Japan, Oct 18, 2021 - (JCN Newswire) - Elfyn Evans finished second overall at the Rally de Espana to set up a final-round FIA World Rally Championship title decider with his TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team team-mate Sebastien Ogier, who finished fourth.

Key Points: 
  • Toyota City, Japan, Oct 18, 2021 - (JCN Newswire) - Elfyn Evans finished second overall at the Rally de Espana to set up a final-round FIA World Rally Championship title decider with his TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team team-mate Sebastien Ogier, who finished fourth.
  • Still, the second-place finish ensures that Evans remains in with a shot of a maiden drivers' championship going into the final round in Italy.
  • TOYOTA GAZOO Racing leads by 47 points with a maximum of 52 available from the final round.
  • Italy's famous Monza racing circuit will host the final round for the second year in a row on November 19-21.

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Set for Spain with Eyes on the Prize

Friday, October 8, 2021 - 9:21am

The team leads the manufacturers' championship by 61 points, with a maximum of 52 points available after the Spanish event.

Key Points: 
  • The team leads the manufacturers' championship by 61 points, with a maximum of 52 points available after the Spanish event.
  • For the third season in a row, a Toyota driver is guaranteed to win the drivers' title, with 24 points separating team-mates Sebastien Ogier and Elfyn Evans after the latter's victory on the previous round in Finland.
  • Saturday follows an identical route to before, with a trio of repeated stages followed by a street stage in Salou.
  • Sunday's finale consists of the returning Santa Marina stage and the well-known Riudecanyes test, both to be run twice.

Toyota Yaris WRC Returns to Home Roads for an Autumn Rally Finland

Friday, September 24, 2021 - 12:30pm

Toyota City, Japan, Sept 24, 2021 - (JCN Newswire) - The TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team will compete on home roads for the first time in more than two years when the spectacular Rally Finland returns with a new autumn look on October 1-3.

Key Points: 
  • Toyota City, Japan, Sept 24, 2021 - (JCN Newswire) - The TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team will compete on home roads for the first time in more than two years when the spectacular Rally Finland returns with a new autumn look on October 1-3.
  • Developed at the team's headquarters close to the event's service park in Jyvaskyla, the Toyota Yaris WRC has an unbeaten record on Rally Finland after victories in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
  • All of the team's drivers will be contesting Rally Finland in the Yaris WRC for the first time.
  • A fifth privately-entered Yaris WRC will be driven by Esapekka Lappi, who won the event for the team back in 2017.

More new and demanding roads ahead for the Toyota Yaris WRC

Friday, August 6, 2021 - 9:56am

Toyota City, Japan, Aug 6, 2021 - (JCN Newswire) - The TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team will target another successful showing on unfamiliar roads when the Toyota Yaris WRC makes its first appearance at a classic event on the European rally calendar: Ypres Rally Belgium (August 13-15).

Key Points: 
  • Toyota City, Japan, Aug 6, 2021 - (JCN Newswire) - The TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team will target another successful showing on unfamiliar roads when the Toyota Yaris WRC makes its first appearance at a classic event on the European rally calendar: Ypres Rally Belgium (August 13-15).
  • While none of the four Toyota drivers have competed before in Ypres - which is hosting Belgium's first ever WRC round - the event has a rich history dating back to 1965.
  • In that time, it has developed a reputation for its demanding stages on fast and narrow farmland roads around the West Flanders region.
  • These are often lined by large drainage ditches and include numerous junctions, while dirt is frequently dragged onto the road.

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 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"

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.

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.

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Keen to Resume Winning Ways as WRC Restarts

Friday, August 28, 2020 - 9:42am

Toyota City, Japan, Aug 28, 2020 - (JCN Newswire) - The TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team will look to pick up where it left off when the 2020 FIA World Rally Championship resumes at Rally Estonia on September 4-6.

Key Points: 
  • Toyota City, Japan, Aug 28, 2020 - (JCN Newswire) - The TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team will look to pick up where it left off when the 2020 FIA World Rally Championship resumes at Rally Estonia on September 4-6.
  • This will be the first time that Rally Estonia has ever been part of the WRC, although all of the manufacturer teams fielded cars at last year's promotional event.
  • Rally Estonia is new to the WRC and I was lucky enough to be there for last year's event.
  • Headquartered in Toyota City, Japan, Toyota has been making cars since 1937.