november 19, 2018 - Toyota

Rally Australia: TOYOTA GAZOO Racing wins the rally and the title in Australia

TOYOTA GAZOO #racing World #rally Team claimed the FIA World #rally Championship manufacturers' title* in style at the final round in #Australia with a #rally victory for #jarimattilatvala. #esapekkalappi finished in fourth place to help #Toyota clinch the manufacturers' crown in just the second season of its return to the #WRC. It is the fourth occasion that #Toyota has won the manufacturers' title in the #WRC and the first time since 1999.

The strong performance of the #Toyota #yarisWRC was demonstrated again on the final round, with Ott Tänak and Latvala moving to the top of the leaderboard during Saturday. Sunday was characterised by very muddy and slippery forest stages with the tricky conditions catching out a number of drivers. These included Tänak, who had to retire on the penultimate stage after hitting a tree.

Latvala, co-driven by Miikka Anttila, avoided mistakes and took three stage wins on the final day to clinch victory by 32.5 seconds: the team's fifth win of 2018. Lappi also won a stage to complete a strong drive in his final event before departing the team. Tänak, Latvala and Lappi finished the season third, fourth and fifth respectively in the driver's standings, with Tänak fighting for the drivers' title until the final day in #Australia, and all three contributing significantly towards the manufacturers' title.