Toyota is one of the most successful brands in the history of the
WRC. The three titles of brands and four pilots that have been harvested in the
World show, being the Toyota Celica and Corolla are two of the
models with a better background in the contest. As a result of these successes, the best
drivers have competed with the colors of the brand. Carlos Sainz, Juha Kankkunen
or Didier Auriol are perhaps most remembered for being the builders of the
four titles of the firm, but many other names are listed with letters
golden in the history of the brand. The last name of this list is that of Jari-Matti
With his victory in the Rally of Sweden, Jari-Matti Latvala is the first driver to win with the Toyota Yaris WRC and your time
in the last pilot -for the moment – that has earned a rally of the WRC to defend the interests of
Toyota. The Finnish joined the 44th win of Toyota in the World and any
so he closed the circle, in 1975, he began to draw Hannu Mikkola with a
Toyota Corolla Levin (TE27), in which many consider the first victory of Toyota in the WRC, although two years before Walter Boyce the success of
the triumph with a Corolla in the Press-on-Regardless.
Be that as it may, Jari-Matti Latvala has also given up the relay
Mats Jonsson, last driver who won the Rally Sweden at the wheel of a
Toyota at the controls of a Toyota Celica GT-Four (1993), although perhaps the relay
most publicized has been that the finn has given Didier Auriol. The victory of the
French rider in the Rally of China 1999 was the last that joined Toyota before
leaving the WRC, and in turn that has served as a witness for
Jari-Matti Latvala continue with the series of successes of the japanese manufacturer.
All in all, the victory of Jari-Matti Latvala has had a
most remarkable result is that has become the Finnish leader of the WRC.
With 48 points, Latvala commands the classification of the World Rally, something
that he couldn’t find a Toyota driver since 1998, when Carlos Sainz got
be at the forefront of the contest. However, the Spanish did not succeed in his
third title with Toyota and that season the championship was thrown into the lap of
Tommi Mäkinen, four times champion of the WRC that has ever competed for Mitsubishi
and yet is now at the front of the team Toyota Gazoo Racing.
In fact, if Jari-Matti Latvala is the last great name
Toyota, his fellow countryman Tommi Mäkinen has also carved a niche in this
list. Well it is true that as a pilot was to rival nature of the brand
japanese, but it is no less true that it has become a project for which
many were not or a hard in a success. The season is very long and
anything can happen, but Mäkinen has been achieved that the return of Toyota to the WRC
is at the height of its history. and maybe in a few months will have the honor of having
converted to Latvala in the fourth Toyota driver to win the WRC.