Jari-Matti Latvala will defend the colours of Toyota’s Gazoo Racing in 2018, as reported to various media finns and germans from the words of Thymus Joukhi, manager of the Finnish driver. In this way, Latvala will again be the spearhead and leader of the project Tommi Mäkinen and the japanese firm in the WRC, which seems to have found the stability and the regularity loss in Volkswagen. With five rallies to end the season, Jari-Matti is third in the World after to achieve the victory with the Toyota Yaris WRC in Sweden and add two podium finishes in Monte carlo and Sardinia.
Toyota Gazoo Racing decided to disembark at the WRC to sign short-term contracts with its pilots, to such a point that Jari-Matti Latvala, Juho Hänninen and Esapekka Lappi had only a contract for a season, a relationship that, in the case of Latvala had a clause for renewal for another year. Be that as it may, Tommi Mäkinen has moved with agility to retain their first pilot, whenever the relation born between the two parties seems to be satisfactory. However, the remarkable improvement that has experienced the Toyota Yaris WRC since its approval have been made and a good atmosphere reigns in the formation.
In this aspect, all signs indicate that Esapekka Lappi will also continue in the team the fruit of your good role since he made his debut in the Rally of Portugal. The fourth joined in Sardinia left a very good taste and his pace in the Rally of Poland also, although the end result was much less favorable. The question is that will happen with Juho Hänninen despite his work on the development of the Toyota Yaris WRC, as their performance in competition has been rather more discreet and the mark does not close the door to possible options juicy market.