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TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Looks Forward to Another Returning Classic

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Friday, September 23, 2022

Takamoto Katsuta will be another New Zealand first-timer in his TGR WRT Next Generation entry.

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  • Takamoto Katsuta will be another New Zealand first-timer in his TGR WRT Next Generation entry.
  • The smooth gravel roads are characterised by their pronounced camber which drivers can use to carry more speed through corners.
  • "Personally I am really looking forward to going back to New Zealand and I think it's a rally that our team can look forward to as well.
  • I've heard many great things about the event and especially about the roads and how rewarding they are to drive.

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing concludes a rocky Acropolis weekend

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Monday, September 12, 2022

Toyota City, Japan, Sept 12, 2022 - (JCN Newswire) - The TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team has completed a very challenging weekend at the Acropolis Rally Greece without the overall results it desired but with some important points secured to maintain its advantage in the drivers' and manufacturers' championships.

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  • Toyota City, Japan, Sept 12, 2022 - (JCN Newswire) - The TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team has completed a very challenging weekend at the Acropolis Rally Greece without the overall results it desired but with some important points secured to maintain its advantage in the drivers' and manufacturers' championships.
  • In its second running since returning to the FIA World Rally Championship calendar, the Acropolis lived up to its reputation with slippery and rocky roads and high temperatures providing a considerable challenge.
  • The championship leader experienced a trying weekend after sweeping the loose gravel roads on Friday before losing around 15 minutes on Saturday morning after damaging his car.
  • However, his Power Stage drive ensures he still leads the drivers' championship by 53 points with three rounds remaining.

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing going for gold in Greece

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Friday, September 2, 2022

Kalle took a great victory last year in difficult conditions and rain which is of course not typical in Greece.

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  • Kalle took a great victory last year in difficult conditions and rain which is of course not typical in Greece.
  • Elfyn and Esapekka have also been very strong recently and hopefully they can continue in a similar way in Greece."
  • If it's going to be dry then I think it's going to be really tricky for us to open the road on Friday.
  • We had good speed and a good feeling on similarly rough gravel roads in Sardinia, and hopefully we can find that again in Greece."

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Ready to Defend Unbeaten Home Record

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Friday, July 29, 2022

It has a tough act to follow though at Rally Finland, where its predecessor the Yaris WRC won all four editions held between 2017 and 2021.

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  • It has a tough act to follow though at Rally Finland, where its predecessor the Yaris WRC won all four editions held between 2017 and 2021.
  • The rally-mad Finnish public is expected to turn out in their numbers to cheer for Jyvaskyla-born Rovanpera in particular following his outstanding form in 2022.
  • Saturday as usual takes the crews south for four stages around Jamsa, each to be repeated after midday service.
  • Sunday's double loop pairs the Oittila stage with Ruuhimaki which once more hosts the rally-ending Power Stage.

Rovanpera reigns again in TOYOTA GAZOO Racing one-two

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Monday, July 18, 2022

It recorded the fastest time in all 22 full-length stages, beaten only narrowly in the two short super special stages held on Thursday and Saturday evenings.

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  • It recorded the fastest time in all 22 full-length stages, beaten only narrowly in the two short super special stages held on Thursday and Saturday evenings.
  • The weather ensured a challenging weekend from start to finish with short and sharp rain showers making conditions extremely changeable and unpredictable for the drivers.
  • He and co-driver Jonne Halttunen were then dominant through Saturday, winning seven stages in a row and continued that form into Sunday morning.
  • Both Rovanpera and Evans were more than half a minute slower than some competitors as conditions worsened during SS23 but were able to maintain their overall positions.

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing reaches for top gear at the halfway stage

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Friday, July 8, 2022

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing heads the manufacturers' standings by 62 points after a historic 1-2-3-4 finish on last month's Safari Rally Kenya led by Rovanpera, Elfyn Evans and TGR WRT Next Generation driver Takamoto Katsuta.

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  • TOYOTA GAZOO Racing heads the manufacturers' standings by 62 points after a historic 1-2-3-4 finish on last month's Safari Rally Kenya led by Rovanpera, Elfyn Evans and TGR WRT Next Generation driver Takamoto Katsuta.
  • Esapekka Lappi will return to the TGR WRT line-up in Estonia alongside Rovanpera and Evans for his fourth start of the season.
  • Both Friday and Saturday feature a loop of four stages to be run twice either side of mid-day service.
  • The rally-ending Power Stage once more takes place over the Kambja test, as it did in 2020.

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing into Africa to defend Safari crown

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Friday, June 17, 2022

TOKYO, June 17, 2022 - (JCN Newswire) - The TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team heads to Safari Rally Kenya on June 23-26 with the goal of defending its crown on the iconic African event.

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  • TOKYO, June 17, 2022 - (JCN Newswire) - The TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team heads to Safari Rally Kenya on June 23-26 with the goal of defending its crown on the iconic African event.
  • The Safari made a long-awaited comeback to the FIA World Rally Championship calendar in 2021 when Sebastien Ogier led a one-two finish for TOYOTA GAZOO Racing.
  • Having previously featured incredibly long stages on roads that were still open to the public, today's Safari Rally runs to a format similar to other modern WRC rounds.
  • Safari requires something slightly different in terms of setup but hopefully that positive feeling will still carry forward."

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing with positives to take from Sardinia

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Monday, June 6, 2022

TOKYO, June 6, 2022 - (JCN Newswire) - TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team driver Kalle Rovanpera has extended his FIA World Rally Championship lead after completing a clever drive to finish fifth overall in a very demanding Rally Italia Sardegna.

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  • TOKYO, June 6, 2022 - (JCN Newswire) - TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team driver Kalle Rovanpera has extended his FIA World Rally Championship lead after completing a clever drive to finish fifth overall in a very demanding Rally Italia Sardegna.
  • Those results ensure TGR still leads the manufacturers' championship by 39 points.
  • Katsuta finished one place behind Rovanpera in the overall standings in sixth: his fifth top-eight finish from as many events in the Rally1 car.
  • The legendary Safari Rally Kenya (June 23-26) returned to the WRC calendar in 2021 after almost 20 years.

GR YARIS Rally1 Geared Up for Gravel Debut

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Friday, May 13, 2022

Portugal, though, represents the first of five consecutive rounds on gravel and a new challenge for the latest generation of cars.

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  • Portugal, though, represents the first of five consecutive rounds on gravel and a new challenge for the latest generation of cars.
  • "So far, we have been very competitive with the GR YARIS Rally1 on asphalt and snow across the first three rallies of the season.
  • The biggest challenge will be getting back in the rhythm straightaway after only one test day on gravel last week.
  • But at the same time, these cars are new for everyone on gravel, so let's see what we can do."

Epic final-stage win for Rovanpera and the GR YARIS Rally1

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Monday, April 25, 2022

The weather brought a further twist in the tail, however, with a sudden downpour of rain impacting the penultimate stage.

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  • The weather brought a further twist in the tail, however, with a sudden downpour of rain impacting the penultimate stage.
  • It is the 21-year-old's fourth career WRC win - all in the space of nine events - and his first on asphalt.
  • Once he restarted on Saturday he showed impressive speed in his first asphalt event in the GR YARIS Rally1, taking a fourth stage win of the weekend in Sunday's first test.
  • Between its three crews, the team won 14 of the 19 stages across the event, confirming the strong performance of the new-for-2022 GR YARIS Rally1.