Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally team took the podium with two cars in Ypres Belgium Rally and maintained its leadership with 88 points in the Constructors' Championship.
Hosting the FIA World Rally Championship for the second time, Ypres Belgium Rally created another excitement with its tough asphalt stages and unforgiving stages. Elfyn Evans took second place, just five seconds behind the first-placed driver, while Esapekka Lappi came in third, bringing important points to the team.
Championship leader Kalle Rovanperä was able to return to the race the next day after she damaged her car as one of many drivers who crashed on Friday. Rovanperä, who took the first place in the power stage, maintained his place in the first place in the Drivers' Championship with a significant margin of 72 points, four races before the end of the season.
Although Evans lost time after a tire problem on Friday, he managed to close the time gap with the leader on Saturday and finished the race in second place. Lappi, on the other hand, had another successful weekend this season with three podiums and stable points in six races.
Competing with the TGR WRT Next Generation team, Toyota Gazoo Racing's young driver Takamoto Katsuta finished the race in fifth place and became the only driver to be in the top 10 in every race.
Hydrogen-fueled Yaris also enters the race
Toyota also raced its innovative GR Yaris H2 concept vehicle in stages in Belgium. The hydrogen fueled vehicle used in the Power stage by Toyota's rally legend Juha Kankkunen completed the stages without any problems. After driving the GR Yaris H2 himself, Kankkunen had an important experience by touring with Team Founder Akio Toyoda.
Team captain Jari-Matti Latvala, who stated that a good result was achieved by taking the podium with both cars, said, “We had good pace here and we were much more competitive than last year. Elfyn Evans was very close to the win and put in a good weekend. Lappi also showed a near-perfect rally and brought important points for the team.” used the phrase.
The next race on the WRC calendar will be the Acropolis Rally, which will be held in Greece from September 8-11. At one of the legendary rallies, the Acropolis, the pilots will tackle challenging mountain roads and high temperatures.