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TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Finishes Strongly on Swedish Snow

Toyota City, Japan, Feb 19, 2024 – (JCN Newswire) – TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team has actually ended a difficult Rally Sweden on a high with Elfyn Evans scoring a strong haul of points towards the champion after setting the speed on the last day and declaring 2nd total.

Vehicle 33 (Elfyn Evans, Scott Martin)

It was a strong healing for Evans after he was required to run initially on the roadway and till through deep snow on Friday afternoon. Having actually been simply 1.9 seconds from the ultimate winner throughout mid-day service, the severe conditions left him 1m50s from the lead at the end of the day.

Having actually gone up from 5th to 3rd on Saturday early morning, Evans then stormed into 2nd put on Sunday’s opening phase. He was fastest in the subsequent 2nd pass of that phase, and ended up a close 2nd in the rally-ending Power Stage. That sufficed to top the ‘Super Sunday’ category, providing he and co-driver Scott Martin an overall of 24 points from the weekend– more than any other team.

Both Kalle Rovanperä and Takamoto Katsuta defended the rally lead before they succumbed to the snowbanks that line the phases. Rovanperä held the early lead up until contact with a snow bank in SS4 on Friday triggered radiator damage. He rebooted on Saturday and targeted makers’ points on Sunday, where he was second-quickest to Evans throughout the day and fastest by simply 0.039 s in the Power Stage. The group for that reason took the optimum 22 points offered on Sunday and stays collectively in the lead of the maker’s’ champion after 2 rounds.

After an exceptional drive through the requiring conditions of Friday, Katsuta was just 0.9 s from top place before he got stuck in a snowbank on Saturday early morning’s SS10. He too went back to action on Sunday.

Lorenzo Bertelli delighted in driving an extra 4th GR YARIS Rally1 HYBRID on the Swedish phases for the 2nd year in succession through TGR-WRT’s consumer program. Passionate as ever, the Italian reached the surface in 10th location in general.

In its 2nd WRC2 occasion, the GR Yaris Rally2 showed to be a competitive force with 4 cars and trucks ending up inside the leading 5 of the class and the total leading 10 in the hands of client groups. Those 4 cars and trucks were participated in close competitors for the majority of the occasion, with Sami Pajari eventually ending up 2nd in WRC2 for Printsport ahead of Georg Linnamäe (RedGrey), Roope Korhonen (Rautio Motorsport) and Mikko Heikkilä (TGS). There was likewise a straight-out phase win in the severe conditions of Friday afternoon in the hands of Linnamäe in SS5.

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