TOYOTA GAZOO Racing competed in the second race of the FIA World Rally Championship in the Finnish Arctic Rally, which consists of stages covered with snow and ice.
The young driver of the team, Flying Finn Kalle Rovanperä, completed the race in second place and became the youngest driver to lead the WRC Drivers' Championship. Rovanperä, who showed a successful performance in his home race, also achieved the fastest time in the Power Stage at the end of the rally with the Yaris WRC, scoring extra points. kazanwas.
20-year-old Rovanperä and his co-driver Jonne Halttunen set the pace from start to finish, finishing second with just 17.5 seconds from the leader. Thus, Rovanperä achieved the best result of his WRC career. Elfyn Evans from TOYOTA GAZOO Racing rally team also finished the rally in fifth place, while teammate Sébastien Ogier took the 20th place in the classification after his problems. In the Power Stage, 1 point despite the disadvantageous road position. kazanMay succeeded.
With these results, Kalle Rovanperä took the lead in the Drivers' Championship, while Toyota continued to lead in the Constructors' Championship. TGR WRC Challenge Program driver Takamoto Katsuta once again achieved the best result of his career, as in Monte Carlo, by taking sixth place in the final stage. Evaluating the Finnish Arctic Rally, team captain Jari-Matti Latvala underlined Rovanperä's high performance and said, “We are still leading both championships. We should be happy with this situation, but of course we wanted more. Here because the team has its own home rally kazanWe were aiming for May.” he said.
Kalle Rovanperä, the new leader of the WRC, stated that he was very pleased to take the second place and said, “It was an extremely difficult weekend. We really pushed it hard and we were not always at our optimum pace, but we were constantly involved in the struggle. We put out everything we had in the Power Stage and got really good points here. It's really nice to lead the championship for the first time and be in this position. The next race will be different for me, now we need to keep our pace and be stable, ”he said.
In the 2021 WRC season, the third leg will be the Rally of Croatia, another completely new race on the calendar. The rally between 22-25 April will be held on asphalt stages around the capital city of Zagreb.