Toyota Gazoo Racing had a great Rally Mexico. The
parentheses that was the Tour de Corse in the season of gravel that hides the
WRC does not hide this fact and for this reason the training directed by Tommi Mäkinen has
stressed to improve the performance of the Toyota Yaris WRC in
earth. In this aspect, Jari-Matti Latvala and Juho Hänninen expect to notice this
evolution in the Rally of Argentina, a test for the whole team has
prepared in Corsica and Portugal. It will not be an easy task by the requirement
natural of the Rally of Argentina for the drivers and their machines.
Despite this, the feelings within the team are
positive. However, Jari-Matti Latvala has contested the Rally of Argentina
on six occasions, and adds a podium and a victory, is in the edition of 2014.
In this aspect, Latvala has recognized: “I’ve Always had a feeling
very good with the Rally of Argentina. We have won this rally before, and even the
last year we were very fast until we had a problem on Saturday
afternoon. The first two days of the rally are fast and fluid, while the
last day is more slow and technical, with stages complicated with many curves and
choice of adverse weather conditions, especially fog”.
Continuing with the analysis of what you expect to find in Argentina, Jari-Matti Latvala believes that the ground could adapt to the benefits of the Toyota Yaris WRC: “Although the roads tend to be a little abrasive and even sandy, generally there is a good grip. In this aspect, I have been working in the settings of the differential of the Yaris. It has been a work very specific. I didn’t feel that it was well adjusted for my riding in Mexico, so that is something that you really wanted to improve for Argentina. Now we have some good solutions for the diferencial“.
Juho Hänninen enters in the field is almost unknown, which has not contested the Rally of Argentina in the last few years and their only experience dating back to 2007 with a Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IX: “I have many memories of very good Argentina, so I’m really anxious to get back there after many years of absence. All in all, I remember this test as one of my rallies favorites in gravel. All the stages are fantastic, but so are the fans. They are really passionate, and encourage us even on the road sections”.