TOYOTA GAZOO Racing
Another victory for TOYOTA GAZOO Racing
The TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team secured its third win for 2021, claiming victory at the Rally de Portugal on 23 May.
It was the pair of Elfyn Evans and Scott Martin who got their TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Yaris to the finish line first, first gaining the lead on the Saturday afternoon and extending it on the Sunday session to win by a margin of 28.3 seconds. This is the fourth time that Evans has tasted victory in his WRC career, and his third win since joining Toyota at the start of 2020.
“Obviously it’s a fantastic way to finish by clinching the win,” said Evans. “It wasn’t all plain sailing all the way through the weekend, and we maybe weren’t the absolute fastest crew, but we still had really good pace and the performance was generally quite consistent. This morning we knew that there wasn’t such a big gap to second place, so we had to go out and give it our all. That’s what we did, and we managed to set a few good times just to build up a bit of an advantage.”
Sébastien Ogier and co-driver Julien Ingrassia took third place overall in the rally, as well as setting the third-best time in the rally-ending Power Stage. The Power Stage wonin him three bonus points and allowed him to maintain his first place in the drivers’ championship. He now has a two-point advantage in the standings over Evans, while the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team has extended its lead at the top of the manufacturers’ championship table.
“While he wasn’t entirely satisfied with his final result, Ogier was happy that his 18 points from the weekend was still a positive result. “We need to keep working and improve the pace for the next rally in Sardinia and see what we can do there, even though I expect it will again be challenging. Every time we score good points is a step towards the championship.”
Takamoto Katsuta managed a superb fourth place after a fast and consistent weekend, claiming the best result of his career to date, driving a Yaris WRC as part of the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing WRC Challenge Program.
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