Esapekka Lappi, pilot, phantom of Toyota in the WRC


Well it is true that the origins of Toyota Gazoo Racing was more full of mysteries than certainties, but once that Juho Hänninen was confirmed as first driver, there was a stretch of time in which , it was assumed that Esapekka Lappi pilotaría the second Toyota Yaris WRC. The signing of Jari-Matti Latvala after the departure of Volkswagen Motorsport relegated, a priori, the young Finnish driver to the third Yaris WRC. However, with the Rally Monte carlo is already in the rearview mirror, the name of Esapekka Lappi is becoming more diffuse. It is a pilot ghost.

it Is evident that Esapekka Lappi can end up being the third pilot of Toyota Gazoo Racing in the WRC and get to the controls of the third Yaris WRC since its debut in the Rally of Portugal, but the feeling around the young pearl suomi is strange. After achieving all the success possible with Skoda Motorsport and be one of the pilots desired in the ‘silly season’, your aura seems to have disappeared, and the shadow of Andreas Mikkelsen is elongated, especially after the good performance shown by the pilot, Norwegian in the appointment of monegasque with the Skoda Fabia R5.

For the moment, the only thing provable is that the name of Esapekka Lappi has stopped sounding in the mouth of Tommi Mäkinen and Jarmo Lehtinen, the two most responsible of the project of Toyota’s Gazoo Racing in the WRC. The Finnish was not present in the picture that the pilots are more representative of the WRC were made in the Monte carlo Rally, -and that yes were Martin Prokop, Mads Ostberg, or Khalid Al-Qassimi – and to top it all off your name has not appeared during the presentation of the projects of Toyota Gazoo Racing, where the WRC has not had a large presence, by the way.