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TOYOTA GAZOO Racing ends tough Acropolis weekend

TOYOTA, Japan, Sept. 12, 2022 – (JCN Newswire) – The TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team did not have the overall result it expected, but achieved some important points to maintain its edge in the Drivers and Manufacturers Championships.

Acropolis in second run since returning to FIA World Rally Championship calendar Living up to expectations, the slippery, rocky roads and high temperatures provided considerable challenges. The teams were battling for a podium spot for much of the weekend, but those hopes were dashed early on the final morning as Elfyn Evans had to start from No. Four withdrew. With this, the team’s focus shifted to the power stage at the end of the rally. Here, Kalle Rovanpera was the second fastest with four bonus points. The championship leader endured a rough weekend after clearing loose gravel on Friday before losing about 15 minutes on Saturday morning after damaging his car. However, his Power Stage drive ensured he still leads the drivers’ championship with 53 points with three remaining rounds.
Esapekka Lappi was second on Saturday before he was slowed down and forced to stop through a technical problem. Restarting Sunday, he had the fifth-best time on the Power Stage. Combined with the points earned by Rovanpera and Lappi for reaching the finish, plus their points on the Power Stage, the team still leads the Manufacturers Championship with 63 points. Takamoto Katsuta is the best driver among the GR YARIS Rally1 HYBRID drivers, his debut at the Acropolis Rally finished in sixth place, To keep his nonstop scoring with TGR WRT Next Generation in 2022. For more information, please check For latest results please visit www.wrc .com. What’s next?
For the first time in 10 years, the WRC goes to Rally New Zealand (29 September to 2 October). The flat gravel roads around Auckland, the capital of the country’s North Island, are popular with drivers due to their fast-moving nature and considerable camber changes. Copyright © 2022 JCN Newswire. all rights reserved. A division of the Nippon Enterprise News Network.



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