Ogier, Ingrassia and TOYOTA GAZOO Racing crowned 2021 champions

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TORONTO, Ontario (November 22nd, 2021) – The TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team has achieved a pretentious championship treble* during a iconic Monza circuit, clinching a manufacturers’ pretension with a one-two finish during a final turn as Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia claimed their eighth drivers’ and co-drivers’ crowns in character with victory.

Ogier and Ingrassia went adult opposite their team-mates Elfyn Evans and Scott Martin in a final-round showdown during Monza and a dual crews intent in an epic conflict for feat via a weekend, swapping a lead between them 6 times. They came into a final day of 3 wily stages around Monza distant by only half a second – and afterwards set matching times on a morning’s opening test. A case for Evans in a penultimate theatre eventually motionless a convene feat in a foster of Ogier, who knew a lectern finish would be adequate to secure a title.

The win was a fifth of a deteriorate for Ogier and Ingrassia after victories in Monte Carlo, Croatia, Sardinia and Kenya. It was their 54th WRC win together in what was a final eventuality of their full-time careers: Ogier will competition a part-time report with TOYOTA GAZOO Racing in 2022 while Ingrassia stairs out of a co-driver’s chair after a rarely successful career.

Evans and Martin cumulative a fifth Toyota one-two of a season, and finish runner-up in a championship for a second year in a quarrel after victories in Portugal and Finland.

Alongside their team-mates, Kalle Rovanperä and his co-driver Jonne Halttunen were pivotal to a manufacturers’ championship success after claiming their initial career victories in Estonia and Greece this year. At a final turn they were model group players, focusing on a purify finish in ninth altogether to safeguard a manufacturers’ pretension was secured.

This is a fifth time Toyota has won a manufacturers’ championship – putting it corner third on a all-time list of titles – and a second given it returned to a competition in 2017 with a Yaris WRC. This was a 26th and final feat achieved by a automobile in a final eventuality of a World Rally Car epoch before hybrid powered Rally1 cars are introduced in 2022.

TGR WRC Challenge Program motorist Takamoto Katsuta finished seventh altogether with co-driver Aaron Johnston, overcoming hit in a penultimate exam to set a second-fastest time in a rally-ending Power Stage after a glorious pursuit by a team’s mechanics to correct his automobile in only a 15-minute service.

* Subject to a central announcement of a formula by a FIA

Quotes:

Akio Toyoda (Team Founder)

“Throughout a season, there was always during slightest one of a crews on a lectern – including Takamoto. Thanks to them, we was means to watch all a events being anxious awaiting that somebody from a group would win. Then in this final event, Seb and Julien, who were targeting their eighth title, and Elfyn and Scott, who still had a possibility to win their first, had a ultimate conflict until a unequivocally end. As a large convene fan, we felt so vehement examination them. ‘Our Yaris WRCs are using in such an sparkling conditions during a top turn of competition…’ It was like a dream for us during Toyota. we would like to conclude both crews from a heart for creation us feel like that.

Seb and Julien, congratulations! we truly honour we for pushing to a limit until a end. To be eight-time champions is a good record, and we are all unapproachable that dual out of those 8 were with Toyota. Thank we so much. To secure a manufacturers’ pretension and have Seb and Elfyn openly quarrel during a same time: all group members tackled this final eventuality together to grasp both. Kalle’s pushing via a eventuality showed it well. Kalle, Jonne, conclude we unequivocally most for what we have finished for a team.

It’s interjection to Jari-Matti that a group was means to smile. Jari-Matti, who was also a driver, is a personality who always puts drivers first. we consider all a drivers were means to finish a deteriorate with smiles given all a judgements were done from a driver’s indicate of view. He hates to lose. He does as most as we do, or maybe some-more than we do. we trust his judgements formed on this ‘hate-to-lose’ mindset done a group strong.

There was one some-more approach in that Jari-Matti astounded me. That was his consummate communication with a group members. Through a video taken by a team, we saw him giving morning greetings one-by-one during a early morning use park. All 200 members opposite Finland, Estonia, Germany and Japan were closely joined given we had him. we unequivocally conclude him for realising a ‘driver-driven team’ and ‘family-like nonetheless veteran team’ that we had been aiming for.

This group kept creation a Yaris WRC stronger given 2017. What we asked for during a initial convene in 2017 was to make a Yaris WRC a strongest during a finish of a season. The Yaris WRC has run 59 events in these 5 years, and we schooled a lot from a events we won and we lost. The group did make a final Yaris WRC a strongest ever. I’m unequivocally happy for that.

Our automobile will be totally new underneath new regulations subsequent year and a growth is reaching a climax. The group is intensely bustling and I’m beholden to everybody and their families who support them. We will ready an ever-stronger Yaris and make a fans even some-more vehement from subsequent deteriorate onward. we wish a fans will demeanour brazen to a new automobile and new hurdles and we conclude your continual support for TGR WRT.”

Jari-Matti Latvala (Team Principal)

“We have been operative so tough to explain a manufacturers’ championship and a drivers’ and co-drivers’ championships all during a same time. we am so beholden for a team: We have such a illusory group with good people and a best drivers in a championship. I’m unequivocally unapproachable of all a group members and a crews. What Seb and Julien have achieved in their careers is incredible. Elfyn and Scott did fantastically good to make it an sparkling battle, and a outrageous conclude we to Kalle and Jonne for a purpose they played as well. In 2018 we won a manufacturers’ pretension as a driver, and to do it again now as a group principal is a singular moment. This is also a shining approach to finish this epoch with these cars, and to have won 9 rallies this year is amazing.”

Sébastien Ogier (Driver automobile 1)

“It’s so tough to report these kind of emotions. Somehow we feel dull given it’s been such an burdensome deteriorate like always, where we need to put so most into it to win a championship. But we do it for moments like this. A large interjection to all a group members: Without them we are zero and currently we are all universe champions, so let’s applaud this. It’s flattering conspicuous what Toyota has achieved, and a group deserves it given they’ve put a lot of bid into it. The tension is even stronger meaningful it’s a finish of my tour with Julien. We could never have dreamed of a improved approach for it to finish it. We knew we still had a lot to do this weekend and that it was not over yet. We didn’t have to kick Elfyn, though we couldn’t means to relax and afterwards dump positions, and to win in a finish is only perfect.”

Elfyn Evans (Driver automobile 33)

“Of march it’s churned feelings for us today. Naturally we always wish more. We knew a drivers’ pretension would be formidable though we wanted to try and win a rally. In a finish we didn’t utterly get it though congratulations to Seb and Julien on another illusory pretension and also on a illusory career together. we wish to conclude everybody in a team, they’ve been operative so hard, giving us illusory apparatus though also a illusory atmosphere to work in. It’s also a unequivocally lustful farewell to a Toyota Yaris WRC, it’s been a fun to drive.”

Kalle Rovanperä (Driver automobile 69)

“It feels unequivocally good to assistance a group secure a manufacturers’ championship. It was a unequivocally good deteriorate for us, and removing a teams’ pretension also feels unequivocally good for us given we were means to move good points in many rallies. It’s a large thing for a group and it feels unequivocally good to be a partial of it. It was not so easy to do a pursuit we did this weekend, though it was critical that we did it and this feeling creates it value it. The group has been operative unequivocally hard, so large congratulations and conclude we to them. It’s been a good year with an extraordinary automobile and we consider we unequivocally showed how clever a group is.”

PROVISONAL FINAL CLASSIFICATION, RALLY MONZA

1 Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (Toyota Yaris WRC) 2h39m08.6s

2 Elfyn Evans/Scott Martin (Toyota Yaris WRC) +7.3s

3 Dani Sordo/Cándido Carrera (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) +21.3s

4 Thierry Neuville/Martijn Wydaeghe (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) +32.0s

5 Oliver Solberg/Elliott Edmondson (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) +1m32.0s

6 Teemu Suninen/Mikko Markkula (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) +2m22.6s

7 Takamoto Katsuta/Aaron Johnston (Toyota Yaris WRC) +2m34.5s

8 Gus Greensmith/Jonas Andersson (Ford Fiesta WRC) +2m50.2s

9 Kalle Rovanperä/Jonne Halttunen (Toyota Yaris WRC) +4m49.6s

10 Andrea Crugnola/Pietro Ometto (Hyundai i20 N Rally2) +9m06.9s

(Results as of 15:30 on Sunday, for a latest formula greatfully revisit www.wrc.com)

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