The die is cast. After enjoying the freedom of test of a manufacturer is coming to the WRC, Toyota Gazoo Racing accelerated the development of your Toyota Yaris WRC during the second half of 2016, to such an extent that according to ‘RallySport Mag‘ has completed 18,000 kilometers with the World Rally Car that will return to the japanese firm to the World Rally after nearly two decades of absence. Although the expectations are not excessively high, Jari-Matti Latvala and Juho Hänninen will be the mission of to defend the work of the formation of Tommi Makinen at the Rally Monte carlo.
Jari-Matti Latvala faces the challenge to lead a project that for now is put the goal of developing a vehicle competitive and expand their learning in face-to-2018, the first year in which the training should be at the height of the rest of manufacturers. A mission that begins in the Monte carlo Rally, that the finn has never managed to win: “two months Ago I would not have imagined that I would be in the Monte carlo Rally, with Toyota, so that is very exciting. In total I have done 12 days of testing, four in snow, one in gravel and seven in asphalt. I Think we have taken useful steps in these test“.
In this aspect, Jari-Matti Latvala added: “The car feels strong, but it is difficult to speak in terms of performance as the entire world comes with a new car. This year is all about for their development, so that in the Monte carlo Rally, I would like to be able to finish. Maybe by the middle of the season we can start thinking on the podiums. Monte carlo is so unpredictable that it is not a good idea to set goals. In 2015 did not have a definite plan and I finished second, and in 2016, pointed at the podium and I ended up making a mistake. It is a stress, for the tire options, but at the same time is one of the most exciting”.
After you have performed the duties of test driver of Hyundai,
Juho Hänninen faces his first season as a driver owner of Toyota. A
new role facing with enthusiasm, feeling that you will have to measure in the Rally
of Monte-carlo. However, Hänninen has only played once the appointment
monaco with a World Rally Car and ended up leaving: “I played the
Monte carlo Rally on four occasions, but only once with a WRC car. The
last test that I disputed with one of these cars was in Finland-2015
I really want to compete. I’ve had very good sensations with the
Yaris in the test, but you never know what can happen”.