Toyota and Tommi Mäkinen have been without Kris Meeke. Despite putting on the table a multi-year contract with a succulent offer economical and sporty, the pilot in northern ireland decided to stay at Citroën Racing. A step that forces you to take urgent action to Toyota. The training not only builds up a noticeable delay in developing its Yaris WRC face-to-2017, but is without a pilot pointer that can take the weight of the work on the test. With contracts tying to the big stars, Thierry Neuville and Mads Ostberg are postulated as the only candidates.
Thierry Neuville is the only one that contract ends at the end of 2016, being one of the most treasured pieces in the transfer market. For its part, Mads Ostberg just call at M-Sport, but it ‘barrunta’ your contract is for a season given that the british group does not want to pinch the fingers. Two pilots trained to take the weight of a competitive project of Toyota and Tommi Makinen, but at the end it will be found a very big problem, not become part of the development of the Yaris WRC. The big bet of Toyota was to give a vehicle ‘custom’ to the pilot to join your project.
Mikko Hirvonen, Juho Hänninen and Tommi Mäkinen will be testers and will have the task of developing the Yaris WRC. A trio of Finnish, a veteran, and with thousands of kilometres to their backs will have to assume a great responsibility, evolve the World Rally Car TMR. On the opposite side of the coin and to bet on the future, the two japanese Daiki Arai and Takamoto Katsuta to join the list of drivers of Toyota. The pilots 21 and 22 years old, will compete in the Championship of Finland Rally under the watchful eye of Mäkinen, who will offer two separate Subari Impreza R4 to both.