Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT

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Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT
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Full nameToyota Gazoo Racing World Rally Team
BaseFinland Jyväskylä, Finland
Estonia Peetri, Estonia[1]
Team principal(s)Tommi Mäkinen
DriversFinland Jari-Matti Latvala
United Kingdom Kris Meeke
Estonia Ott Tänak
Co-driversFinland Miikka Anttila
United Kingdom Sebastian Marshall
Estonia Martin Järveoja
ChassisToyota Yaris WRC
TyresMichelin
World Rally Championship career
Debut2017
Constructors' Championships1 (2018)
Drivers' Championships0
Rally wins12

Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT is a World Rally Championship (WRC) team based in Finland[2] that serves as Toyota's official factory team.[3][4] Its team principal is four time World Drivers' Champion Tommi Mäkinen.[5] The team made its début during the 2017 season, where it entered the Toyota Yaris WRC.[6] The team is a separate entity from the Toyota Gazoo Racing team led by Toyota Motorsport GmbH that competes in the World Endurance Championship.[7]

In 2018, the team managed to win the World Rally Championship. This earned Toyota their first manufacturers' title since 1999.[8]

History[edit]

Toyota's return to the World Rally Championship and the development of the Yaris WRC was originally overseen by Toyota Motorsport GmbH, the successor to Toyota Team Europe, the team that ran Toyota Celicas and the Toyota Corolla WRC in the 1980s and 1990s. With Toyota Motorsport GmbH also overseeing the development and operation of the Toyota TS050 Hybrid in the World Endurance Championship, Toyota elected to reassign the project to Tommi Mäkinen. Mäkinen shelved the Yaris WRC prototype developed by Toyota Motorsport GmbH and started anew.[citation needed]

2017[edit]

Esapekka Lappi on the way to victory in the 2017 Rally Finland
Toyota Yaris WRC - Jari-Matti Latvala - Buenos Aires Motorshow 2017

Toyota made their return to the WRC after eighteen years of absence in 2017 season with Toyota Yaris WRC.[6][3] Jari-Matti Latvala and co-driver Miikka Anttila left Volkswagen Motorsport following the team's withdrawal from the sport to join Toyota Gazoo Racing,[4] where they were partnered with Juho Hänninen—who returned to the championship for the first time since 2014—and Kaj Lindström.[9] Reigning WRC-2 champions Esapekka Lappi and Janne Ferm made their début in a WRC specification car, contesting a partial campaign from the Rally of Portugal.[4][10] Toyota last competed in the sport as a factory-supported team between 1997 and 1999 with the Corolla WRC before withdrawing ahead of the 2000 season to focus on its Formula One project.

The team took their first podium at the 2017 Monte Carlo Rally, and took their first win at the next round in the 2017 Rally Sweden. The teams best run of the season came in Finland, with Esapekka Lappi taking his first WRC win and Juho Hänninen taking his first podium finish, Jari-Matti Latvala had to retire from the lead with a mechanical problem.

2018[edit]

Before the 2018 season, Ott Tänak and Martin Järveoja left M-Sport to join the team, replacing Juho Hänninen and Kaj Lindström.[11] Hänninen and Lindström remained with the team, with Hänninen taking on a test driver role and Lindström replacing Jarmo Lehtinen as the team's sporting director. [12]

In August, the team located its service base to Estonia, 8 km from the capital of Tallinn. Headquarters, development, testing and administration will stay in Finland.[1]

Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT was able to capture the 2018 World Rally Championship. With Tommi Mäkinen heading the team, he became the first person in the history of rally driving to win a Championship both as a driver and as a team principal.[13] Ott Tänak took four rally wins, including three consecutive and Jari-Matti Latvala won once.[14]

WRC results[edit]

Year Entrant Car No Driver 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 WDC Points WMC Points
2017
[15]
Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Yaris WRC
10 Finland Jari-Matti Latvala MON
2
SWE
1
MEX
6
FRA
4
ARG
5
POR
9
ITA
2
POL
20
FIN
21
GER
7
ESP
Ret
GBR
5
AUS
Ret
4th 136 3rd 251
11 Finland Juho Hänninen MON
16
SWE
23
MEX
7
FRA
Ret
ARG
7
POR
7
ITA
6
POL
10
FIN
3
GER
4
ESP
4
GBR
Ret
9th 71
Finland Esapekka Lappi AUS
6
11th 62
12 MON SWE MEX FRA ARG POR
10
ITA
4
POL
Ret
FIN
1
GER
21
ESP
Ret
GBR
9
AUS
2018
[14]
Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Yaris WRC
7 Finland Jari-Matti Latvala MON
3
SWE
7
MEX
8
FRA
Ret
ARG
Ret
POR
24
ITA
7
FIN
3
GER
Ret
TUR
2
GBR
2
ESP
8
AUS
1
4th 128 1st 368
8 Estonia Ott Tänak MON
2
SWE
9
MEX
14
FRA
2
ARG
1
POR
Ret
ITA
9
FIN
1
GER
1
TUR
1
GBR
19
ESP
6
AUS
Ret
3rd 181
9 Finland Esapekka Lappi MON
7
SWE
4
MEX
11
FRA
6
ARG
8
POR
5
ITA
3
FIN
Ret
GER
3
TUR
Ret
GBR
3
ESP
7
AUS
4
5th 126
2019
[16]
Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Yaris WRC 5 United Kingdom Kris Meeke MON
6
SWE
6
MEX
5
FRA
9
ARG
4
CHL
10
POR
Ret
ITA
8
FIN
Ret
GER
2
TUR
7
GBR ESP AUS 5th* 86* 2nd* 295*
8 Estonia Ott Tänak MON
3
SWE
1
MEX
2
FRA
6
ARG
8
CHL
1
POR
1
ITA
5
FIN
1
GER
1
TUR
16
GBR ESP AUS 1st* 210*
10 Finland Jari-Matti Latvala MON
5
SWE
21
MEX
8
FRA
10
ARG
5
CHL
11
POR
7
ITA
19
FIN
3
GER
3
TUR
6
GBR ESP AUS 6th* 84*

* Season still in progress.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Toyota completes Estonia switch - wrc.com". www.wrc.com. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Toyota: Está de regresso um 'gigante' da história do WRC". 14 January 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Toyota GAZOO Racing Outlines 2016 Motorsports Activities". Toyota. 4 February 2015. Retrieved 17 April 2016.
  4. ^ a b c "Toyota confirms all Finnish WRC line-up". speedcafe.com. 13 December 2016. Retrieved 13 December 2016.
  5. ^ "Tommi Mäkinen to head up Toyota's WRC bid". speedcafe.com. 7 July 2015. Retrieved 7 March 2016.
  6. ^ a b "Toyota announces WRC return in 2017". Toyota GB Blog. Toyota GB. Retrieved 7 March 2016.
  7. ^ "TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Outlines 2017 Motorsports Activities | PRESS RELEASE | 2017 | OTHER MOTORSPORTS | TOYOTA GAZOO Racing". TOYOTA GAZOO Racing. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  8. ^ Van Leeuwen, Andrew (18 November 2018). "Rally Australia: Latvala wins as Ogier, Toyota claim WRC titles". autosport.com. Motorsport Network. Retrieved 8 December 2018.
  9. ^ Evans, David (18 October 2016). "WRC 2017: Juho Hanninen gets first seat in Toyota's new Yaris". autosport.com. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 18 October 2016.
  10. ^ Beer, Matt; Evans, David (18 April 2017). "Toyota to add third Yaris WRC for Lappi from Rally Portugal". autosport.com. Motorsport Network. Retrieved 19 April 2017.
  11. ^ Evans, David (18 October 2017). "Toyota signs Ott Tanak from M-Sport for 2018 WRC season". autosport.com. Motorsport Network. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  12. ^ "Tänak joins Toyota". www.wrc.com. 2017-10-18. Retrieved 2018-08-23.
  13. ^ "Tommi Mäkinen on rallin Midas – näin Puuppolan päälliköstä tuli historiallinen maailmanmestari Toyotan tallipäällikkönä". Aamulehti (in Finnish). 18 November 2018. Retrieved 8 December 2018.
  14. ^ a b Season 2018 ewrc-results.com
  15. ^ Season 2017 ewrc-results.com
  16. ^ Season 2019 ewrc-results.com

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