Juho Hänninen and Bryan Bouffier on the radar of Toyota


The time limits get shorter and the first tests of the new Toyota Yaris WRC developed by Tommi Mäkinen Racing are just around the corner. Without a pilot weight to start to work with this new World Rally Car, the presence of Tommi Mäkinen and Jarmo Lehtinen at the Rally Monte carlo has returned to stir up the hornet’s nest. Toyota is still looking for pilots and the great assets of the World Rally are trapped. Despite opinion polls in past months, Ogier, Neuville, Loeb, or Neuville, none of them are feasible options to be linked to other brands.

today, Toyota has several pilots in your orbit. Mikko Hirvonen has a role within the team and will not be strange that it is put at the controls of the Yaris WRC in its first test. The own Tommi Makinen can also act as a test pilot, although in the end, are the solutions of ‘urgency’. In the end, Temmu Suninen is the only pilot hired by Toyota, but his experience in a World Rally Car is null and void. In addition, Sebastien Lindholm and Stephane Sarrazin is out of the equation after work in the version of the Toyota Yaris WRC TMG.

This situation, and the inability to undertake the signing of a pilot for the top has become put in the fore the possible recruitment of two pilots. According to ‘AUTOhebdo’ in its printed edition, Toyota would be interested in the situation of Juho Hänninen and Bryan Bouffier. The Finnish already worked on the development of the Hyundai i20 WRC, while the French rider has a great experience at the controls of various World Rally Car. In fact, Bryan Bouffier has driven the Citroën DS3 WRC, Ford Fiesta RS WRC and Hyundai i20 WRC.