Oct 07, 2021 17:12 JST

Source: Toyota Motor Corporation

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Counts on Proven Winners for a New WRC Era
Lappi joins Ogier, Evans and Rovanpera to form 2022 line-up

TOKYO, Oct 07, 2021 - (JCN Newswire) - The TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team will enter a new era of the FIA World Rally Championship relying on a strong driver line-up of proven winners across its three full-season manufacturer entries in 2022.

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing WRT drivers

Elfyn Evans and Kalle Rovanpera will contest every event in the new hybrid Rally1 car after signing new contracts with the team, while multiple world champion Sebastien Ogier will also continue to compete for Toyota in selected rounds even as he steps back from full-time rallying. To complete the high-calibre line-up, Esapekka Lappi makes a welcome return to the team to share a car with Ogier during the season.

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing now heads into a crucial phase of development and competition with the new-for-2022 technical regulations knowing it can count on four drivers who have all previously won rallies for the team and helped it towards championship success.

Evans joined the team at the beginning of 2020 and soon proved himself to be a championship contender, claiming wins in Sweden and Turkey and ultimately finishing runner-up to Ogier in a contest that went right down to the final round. After also winning in Portugal earlier this season and then at Rally Finland last weekend, the 32-year-old Welshman and his co-driver Scott Martin remain in contention for this year's title with two rounds remaining.

Rovanpera has adapted impressively since stepping up to rallying's highest level with the team last season. The 21-year-old from Finland, co-driven by Jonne Halttunen, recently became the youngest ever winner in the history of the WRC when he claimed a dominant victory at Rally Estonia, and followed that up with an impressive triumph on the Acropolis Rally in Greece, cementing his reputation as the sport's most exciting young prospect.

Ogier claimed his seventh world championship title in 2020 in his first season driving the Toyota Yaris WRC. Having decided to extend his full-time WRC career for one more year into 2021, the Frenchman, 37, currently leads the standings by 24 points with two rounds remaining after taking victories in Monte Carlo, Croatia, Sardinia and Kenya so far. As he looks to make time for other activities outside of rallying, the exact events that Ogier will contest next season will be determined at a later date.

Julien Ingrassia, who has been alongside Ogier as his co-driver for all of his victories and championships, will bring the curtain down on his hugely-successful career at the end of 2021. Taking his place will be Benjamin Veillas, who has already worked closely with Ogier for several years in tests and as part of his gravel crew on events.

Lappi was part of the team's line-up in its inaugural season in 2017, and claimed a memorable maiden victory on home soil at Rally Finland in just his fourth start at the highest level. In 2018 his three podium finishes helped Toyota to win the manufacturers' championship before he moved on to other challenges. Together with co-driver Janne Ferm, the 30-year-old returned behind the wheel of a Toyota Yaris WRC last week with a privateer entry on Rally Finland, finishing a strong fourth overall, and now rejoins the team on a permanent basis for the WRC's new era.

For more information, visit https://toyotagazooracing.com/wrc/release/2021/1007-01/.

Source: Toyota Motor Corporation
Sectors: Automotive

Copyright ©2021 JCN Newswire. All rights reserved. A division of Japan Corporate News Network.

Related Press Release

Toyota Releases Sales, Production, and Export Results for October 2021
November 29 2021 12:48 JST
Ogier, Ingrassia and TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Crowned 2021 Champions
November 22 2021 11:03 JST
Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Subaru, Toyota, Mazda, and Yamaha Take on Challenge to Expand Options for Producing, Transporting, and Using Fuel Toward Achieving Carbon Neutrality
November 15 2021 08:00 JST
Celebrations for TOYOTA GAZOO Racing in Bahrain
November 12 2021 16:17 JST
Toyota Announces Production Plans in December 2021, as of November 12
November 12 2021 13:40 JST
Celebrations for Toyota Gazoo Racing in Bahrain
November 08 2021 10:57 JST
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing to Reproduce and Sell Spare Parts for the AE86 Corolla Levin / Sprinter Trueno
November 01 2021 12:37 JST
HISTORIC Hypercar Title for TOYOTA GAZOO Racing
November 01 2021 10:06 JST
Toyota Announces Details of All-New bZ4X BEV
October 29 2021 12:30 JST
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Launches the All-New GR86
October 28 2021 08:05 JST
More Press release >>

Latest Press Release

More Latest Release >>