Akio Toyoda handed over the designs of the project which is to be returned to Toyota at the WRC the team of Tommi Mäkinen, a decision that has given the team a clear paint Finnish. Not only by the place where is located the headquarters of the team, but because on the Toyota Yaris WRC will compete with three drivers of Finnish origin as are Jari-Matti Latvala, Juho Hänninen and Esapekka Lappi. However, that does not mean that the team Toyota Gazoo Racing renounces the identity of the brand, as Toyota is still working on to be able to have a japanese rider on his World Rally Car in a future short-or medium-term.
Although at times it seems that they are two separate projects, Toyota Gazoo Racing will return to provide in 2017 to support Hiroki Arai and Takamoto Katsuta, the two japanese pilots that the signature is protecting to try that in the future can be put at the wheel of their World Rally Car. Will be his third season under the umbrella of Toyota in a year that will be crucial for both. After competing with a Subaru Impreza WRX STI R4 in Finland and Estonia, and have a programme in the WRC and the ERC in 2016, both will face the most comprehensive program you have ever had.
Hiroki Arai as Takamoto Katsuta will drive two Ford Fiesta R5 managed by Tommi Mäkinen Racing like they did in 2016, but the program is much more demanding. In this aspect, both riders will compete in five appointments in the WRC2 the next year with this car, taking part of the rallies in Sweden, Portugal, Italy-Sardinia, Finland and Catalunya. This program in the World will be supplemented with his participation in some of the toughest tests of the nationals of Finland, Italy or France, in this case with two Ford Fiesta R2, and focusing their efforts on asphalt rallies.