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Eight in a row at Monte Carlo

It was a spectacular one-two for the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team in the opening round of the 2021 season

Eight in a row at Monte Carlo

Eight in a row at Monte Carlo

 

It was a spectacular one-two for the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team in the opening round of the 2021 season, with Sébastien Ogier and his co-driver Julien Ingrassia winning in Monte-Carlo and followed by team-mates Elfyn Evans and Scott Martin. In fourth position were Kalle Rovanperä and Jonne Halttunen, capping off an incredibly successful race for TOYOTA GAZOO Racing. To make the teams results even more convincing, a fourth Toyota Yaris WRC of the TOYOTA GAZOO Team came in sixth, crewed by Takamoto Katsuta and Dan Barritt.

This victory was a record eighth victory at the legendary Rallye Monte-Carlo for Ogier and Ingrassia, as well as an amazing 50th victory for them in the FIA World Rally Championship, becoming only the second competitors to reach the landmark.

While this is the fourth victory for Toyota at the Monte-Carlo Rally, the first being in 1991, it is the first time that the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Team has won this event, often referred to as the most demanding rally in the WRC calendar.

The successful weekend resulted in a maximum possible points for TOYOTA GAZOO Racing, including a full complement of bonus points from the Power Stage, which Ogier won followed by Rovanperä and Evans.

It was a particularly proud result for Jari-Matti Latvala in his debut as Team Principal: “I am really, really proud of the team. What a fantastic result. For my first rally in this role and immediately we have a one-two-four finish, and also Takamoto in sixth, as well the maximum points in the Power Stage – it’s incredible! I have a fantastic team and we have the best drivers. From the beginning of the rally, they had good speed and later we saw some very dominant stages from Seb which secured his victory. Elfyn did a really consistent run as well with no mistakes the whole weekend. Kalle had a chance to fight for the podium as well before he unfortunately got this tyre damage this morning that dropped him back, but fourth is still a very good start to his year. Overall it’s an amazing result to start the season with.”

 

Eight in a row at Monte Carlo

 

It was a spectacular one-two for the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team in the opening round of the 2021 season, with Sébastien Ogier and his co-driver Julien Ingrassia winning in Monte-Carlo and followed by team-mates Elfyn Evans and Scott Martin. In fourth position were Kalle Rovanperä and Jonne Halttunen, capping off an incredibly successful race for TOYOTA GAZOO Racing. To make the teams results even more convincing, a fourth Toyota Yaris WRC of the TOYOTA GAZOO Team came in sixth, crewed by Takamoto Katsuta and Dan Barritt.

This victory was a record eighth victory at the legendary Rallye Monte-Carlo for Ogier and Ingrassia, as well as an amazing 50th victory for them in the FIA World Rally Championship, becoming only the second competitors to reach the landmark.

While this is the fourth victory for Toyota at the Monte-Carlo Rally, the first being in 1991, it is the first time that the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Team has won this event, often referred to as the most demanding rally in the WRC calendar.

The successful weekend resulted in a maximum possible points for TOYOTA GAZOO Racing, including a full complement of bonus points from the Power Stage, which Ogier won followed by Rovanperä and Evans.

It was a particularly proud result for Jari-Matti Latvala in his debut as Team Principal: “I am really, really proud of the team. What a fantastic result. For my first rally in this role and immediately we have a one-two-four finish, and also Takamoto in sixth, as well the maximum points in the Power Stage – it’s incredible! I have a fantastic team and we have the best drivers. From the beginning of the rally, they had good speed and later we saw some very dominant stages from Seb which secured his victory. Elfyn did a really consistent run as well with no mistakes the whole weekend. Kalle had a chance to fight for the podium as well before he unfortunately got this tyre damage this morning that dropped him back, but fourth is still a very good start to his year. Overall it’s an amazing result to start the season with.”