PODIUM, POWER STAGE WIN AND A STREAK OF FASTEST TIMES FOR THE TOYOTA YARIS WRC
The TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team had a fantastic final day on Rally Estonia. Elfyn Evans and his co-driver Scott Martin won Sunday’s opening stage on their way to finishing fourth overall and took second in the Power Stage.
Quotes: Tommi Mäkinen (Team Principal)
“The result at the end of Rally Estonia is very good for the whole team and keeps us at the top of both the drivers’ and manufacturers’ championships. We’re not totally satisfied with our performance. Our setup was not ideal for the conditions that we faced which were different to our testing. Today when we had faster conditions we saw that all of our drivers could set the quickest times.”
Elfyn Evans (Driver car 33) “I’m not fully satisfied at the end of the rally but we come away with fourth overall and second place in the Power Stage. There was obviously good pace there at points but I was just unable to deliver it consistently. We made some changes overnight and in the slippery conditions this morning it seemed to be a bit better. Then I struggled when it got quite rough, but it seems to always be a compromise here. Like always there’s some things we can work on but at the end of the day we’re here after a difficult weekend with a decent haul of points.”
PROVISIONAL FINAL CLASSIFICATION, RALLY ESTONIA
1 Ott Tänak/Martin Järveoja (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) 1h59m53.6s 2 Craig Breen/Paul Nagle (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) + 22.2s 3 Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (Toyota Yaris WRC) +26.9s 4 Elfyn Evans/Scott Martin (Toyota Yaris WRC) +41.9s 5 Kalle Rovanperä/Jonne Halttunen (Toyota Yaris WRC) +1m18.7s 6 Teemu Suninen/Jarmo Lehtinen (Ford Fiesta WRC) +2m39.6s 7 Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm (Ford Fiesta WRC) +2m52.0s 8 Gus Greensmith/Elliott Edmondson (Ford Fiesta WRC) +4m53.8s 9 Oliver Solberg/Aaron Johnston (Volkswagen Polo GTI R5) +7m38.6s 10 Mads Østberg/Torstein Eriksen (Citroën C3 R5) +8m17.3s (Results as of 14:50 on Sunday, for the latest results please visit www.wrc.com)
Rally Turkey (September 18-20) will run for the third time since it returned to the WRC in 2018 in a new location around Marmaris on the Mediterranean coast. Rocky gravel roads and high temperatures make this a gruelling event.