Rally Sweden: Day 3Evans wins, Rovanperä on the podium with stunning drives in the Toyota Yaris WRC
Feb. 17, 2020
Elfyn Evans has scored his first victory with the Toyota GAZOO Racing World Rally Team following a dominant performance at Rally Sweden in just his second event behind the wheel of the Toyota Yaris WRC. Together, the trio continued the team's outstanding start to the season with its all-new driver line-up: Toyota has taken the lead of the manufacturers' championship, while Evans jointly leads the drivers' championship for the first time in his career.
Evans led the event from start to finish to record his second career FIA World Rally Championship victory, after winning on home soil on Wales Rally GB in 2017. Quotes "In Sweden in unusual conditions, with not much snow, Evans and Martin brought the first victory of the season to our new-look team. At the beginning of his new chapter with us, he came to our factory in Estonia and worked hard until late at night to understand how to use and maintain the Yaris WRC. I am really happy that such a new team member is already achieving great results together with the team. But frankly speaking, it's too cold to do a champagne fight in Sweden! I feel our drivers are enjoying to drive the Yaris WRC more and more round-by-round.
At Rally Sweden, Latvala competed with Hänninen as co-driver and drove a Yaris WRC as a privateer. They were our original drivers when we came back to the WRC in 2017. I heard Jari-Matti say "I am happy to be part of TOYOTA and I'm glad to drive the Yaris again". I felt very happy that they chose the Yaris WRC. I feel very sorry for the mechanical trouble on the Yaris WRC which Jari-Matti and Juho had. I had wanted them to drive and to enjoy as much as possible, but this time it didn't go well. We will prepare the Yaris WRC perfectly for them to fight.
Feb 17, 2020 at 15:11