Toyota Metropolis, Japan, Jan 29, 2024 – (JCN Newswire) – TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team has started the 2024 FIA World Rally Championship season with a double podium possess at Rallye Monte-Carlo with Sébastien Ogier 2nd and Elfyn Evans third.
Both Ogier and Evans were inquisitive a few thrilling battle for victory for the length of the match, the put drivers confronted a no longer easy mix of prerequisites on the asphalt roads of the French Alps even when they were in overall drier than customary.
Ogier spectacularly claimed the lead for the length of Saturday afternoon when he recorded the 700th stage take of his WRC occupation, and indirectly went into the final day on Sunday correct 3.3 seconds a ways from first-positioned Thierry Neuville (Hyundai).
Despite his handiest efforts in pursuit of a document-extending victory in Monte Carlo, Ogier and his co-driver Vincent Landais would indirectly absorb to resolve for 2nd reveal, finishing 16.1s in the again of the winner.
Evans and his co-driver Scott Martin made an fine start to their season when the rally obtained underway on Thursday evening, claiming an early lead that they held except Saturday morning.
After banking correct facets under the championship’s fresh structure by ending the penultimate day in third, Evans continued to push no longer easy on Sunday when extra facets were on provide for the fastest drivers. He took 2nd in Sunday’s separate classification, plus fourth in the rally-ending Energy Stage, to cessation the weekend with 21 facets and third reveal in the standings. Ogier, who turned into as soon as 2nd in the Energy Stage and third-fastest all over Sunday, is 2nd on 24 facets.
Takamoto Katsuta turned into as soon as amongst several drivers caught out on an frigid corner on Friday morning, when he misplaced 5 minutes after sliding broad, however showed some solid poke as he and co-driver Aaron Johnston recovered to seventh reveal total and moreover took third in the Energy Stage.
With 2nd and third in the general results, in the Sunday classification and in the Energy Stage, TGR-WRT leads the manufacturers’ championship by one point.
The GR Yaris Rally2 made its competitive WRC debut this weekend with three of the four entered vehicles winding up the fleshy rally distance in the hands of consumer groups. Sami Pajari and Enni Mälkönen (Printsport) were the handiest-positioned crew on the possess in 12th total and fifth at school RC2.
Akio Toyoda (TGR-WRT Chairman)
“The start of our eighth WRC season turned into as soon as a fresh step for TOYOTA GAZOO Racing WRT. 9 years ago, on 15 January 2015, I offered Toyota’s return to the WRC and defined the following: ‘Rally is the handiest reveal to enhance of us and vehicles as a consequence of it is a sport by which you compete the utilization of vehicles in accordance with production vehicles on the roads that our prospects utilize of their on daily foundation existence. We would admire to reach again again to WRC to compose ever-higher vehicles and to compose many folks smile.’
After seven seasons, we were in a location to give two extra alternatives for our prospects to boot to the GR Yaris which we launched in 2020. The predominant are the 2 particular editions supervised by the WRC champions: GR Yaris Sébastien Ogier Model and GR Yaris Kalle Rovanperä Model. They are going to no longer be correct commemorative fashions. Both world champions were inquisitive in regards to the approach and done the style they wanted. You’ll want to expertise doing donuts with Kalle’s edition which I’m moreover taking a ogle forward to attempting. Seb’s edition has ‘Morizo mode’. The “seasoning” Seb reached for the length of the approach turned into as soon as the equivalent as what I loved. It would per chance deserve to were named ‘Seb Mode’ however as a consequence of of Seb’s favour, my title turned into as soon as susceptible. Thanks, Seb!
And the 2nd is GR Yaris Rally2. Rallye Monte-Carlo turned into as soon as the very first competitors for our Rally2 and we had four groups of prospects on board. I would admire to bid my exact appreciation to the full groups who took on fresh challenges with the vehicles with unknown capabilities.
The predominant GR Yaris Rally2 in Japan is scheduled to be delivered to Morizo, ‘a fashioned man who loves vehicles’. When it’s delivered, I would possibly strive it correct away and gaze if there’s the leisure we’re going to give you the selection to pork up. Then, the automobile will seemingly be rented out to a customer in Japan to snatch part in the Jap Rally Championship (JRC).
In sigh to absorb the Rally2 vehicles ready for Monte Carlo and the predominant spherical of JRC, the crew contributors in Finland were working very no longer easy. I am relieved that every person four vehicles executed the rally of their debut spherical. Here’s correct the initiating. We absorb to again attempting to pork up the automobile itself and the pork up machine to alter into the product to be chosen by prospects. I‘m determined the crew will proceed their efforts.
For TOYOTA GAZOO Racing, WRC is no longer correct a competitors to take. We compete in WRC to compose ever-higher vehicles and compose extra of us smile. The fun and disappointments we now absorb experienced over the 85 events up to now absorb led even closer to the vehicles for our prospects. Here’s a really huge step. We weren’t in a location to absorb fun the victory this time, however the riding of three Rally1s and 4 Rally2s will the truth is lead into future events. I belief Jari-Matti will lead the crew admire previous years to proceed to work no longer easy and to compose the 2024 season a huge 300 and sixty five days.”
Jari-Matti Latvala (Team Predominant)
“Overall it has been a correct weekend for us to begin the season. Obviously, we were in the lead of the rally earlier in the weekend and things were taking a ogle the truth is correct. Things then changed a minute bit and we hoped that we would per chance jump again on the present time on the final day and snatch the victory. I judge Seb did what he would per chance however curiously Neuville had a form of days the put as a driver it is advisable to per chance also push your self to an additional level. But it turned into as soon as a huge battle that turned into as soon as thrilling for all americans to practice, and in the cessation we obtained solid facets as a crew for the manufacturers’ championship. Elfyn moreover showed some huge poke and self assurance this weekend and I judge he turned into as soon as artful too in the cessation to make sure he took away some correct facets.”
Elfyn Evans (Driver car 33)
“We showed that the skill turned into as soon as there to take this weekend however we correct uncared for the feeling on Saturday afternoon for some reason. This day turned into as soon as lots higher. There turned into as soon as an actual mix of prerequisites again however we had to again pushing to rating some extra facets under the fresh machine and it grew to alter into out OK. It’s been a solid ample weekend. We incessantly are desirous to take, however above all I the truth is wanted to possess that rally with solid facets and we’ve executed that. Prolonged bustle we’re desirous to take rallies and we’re going to give you the selection to gaze what’s doable on the following rally in Sweden.”
Sébastien Ogier (Driver car 17)
“I judge I will be succesful to also moreover be proud of my weekend, I tried the full lot I would per chance. It’s been a elaborate week for me with an infinite rollercoaster of emotions. On Monday I had to convey goodbye to somebody a will deserve to absorb to me who on the full offered me to motorsport. The start of the match turned into as soon as tough for many causes, so I’m joyful that we managed to preserve in the battle your complete come, and I judge it turned into as soon as a gargantuan thrilling battle for the full fans to practice. Within the cessation, Thierry turned into as soon as sooner this weekend and he deserved the take. I calm managed to bring solid facets to the crew. It’s moreover my 15th Rallye Monte-Carlo and thirteenth time on the podium, so I will be succesful to also moreover be proud of my document on such a no longer easy rally.”
Takamoto Katsuta (Driver car 18)
“My rally changed after my mistake on Friday morning after we misplaced the different to battle for a correct result, which turned into as soon as an infinite disappointment. I’m joyful that I would per chance bring the automobile to the possess in seventh and moreover rating some extra facets on Sunday and in the Energy Stage. The car turned into as soon as working completely and I loved the riding. After I felt elated and the hazards weren’t so excessive from the prerequisites, I felt in a location to push and the times were gorgeous correct, so as that’s sure. The next rally in Sweden is one in every of my favourite rallies so I would possibly strive my handiest to acquire a correct result there.”
PROVISIONAL FINAL CLASSIFICATION, RALLYE MONTE-CARLO
1 Thierry Neuville/Martijn Wydaeghe (Hyundai i20 N Rally1 HYBRID) 3h9m30.9s
2 Sébastien Ogier/Vincent Landais (Toyota GR YARIS Rally1 HYBRID) +16.1s
3 Elfyn Evans/Scott Martin (Toyota GR YARIS Rally1 HYBRID) +45.2s
4 Ott Tänak/Martin Järveoja (Hyundai i20 N Rally1 HYBRID) +1m59.8s
5 Adrien Fourmaux/Alexandre Coria (Ford Puma Rally1 HYBRID) +3m36.9s
6 Andreas Mikkelsen/Torstein Eriksen (Hyundai i20 N Rally1 HYBRID) +5m34.6s
7 Takamoto Katsuta/Aaron Johnston (Toyota GR YARIS Rally1 HYBRID) +8m28.5s
8 Yohan Rossel/Arnaud Dunand (Citroën C3 Rally2) +10m29.8s
9 Pepe López/David Vázquez (Škoda Fabia RS Rally2) +10m33.8s
10 Nikolay Gryazin/Konstantin Aleksandrov (Citroën C3 Rally2) +10m45.2s(Results as of 13:30 on Sunday, for the most up-to-date results please lope to www.wrc.com)
2024 FIA World Rally Championship for drivers after spherical 1:
1 Thierry Neuville 30 facets
2 Sébastien Ogier 24
3 Elfyn Evans 21
4 Ott Tänak 15
5 Adrien Fourmaux 11
6 Takamoto Katsuta 9
7 Andreas Mikkelsen 6
2024 FIA World Rally Championship for manufacturers after spherical 1:
1 TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team 46 facets
2 Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Team 45
3 M-Sport Ford World Rally Team 19
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