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TOYOTA GAZOO Racing concludes a rocky Acropolis weekend

Toyota City, Japan, Sep 12, 2022 – (JCN Newswire) – The TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team has completed an extremely challenging weekend at the Acropolis Rally Greece minus the overall results it desired but with some important points secured to keep its advantage in the drivers’ and manufacturers’ championships.

In its second running since time for the FIA World Rally Championship calendar, the Acropolis lived around its reputation with slippery and rocky roads and high temperatures providing a large challenge. For a lot of the weekend, the team was in contention for a podium position but those hopes ended in early stages the ultimate morning when Elfyn Evans had to retire from fourth place after an engine-related issue on the highway section to SS14.

With this particular, the team’s focus moved to the rally-ending Power Stage. Here, Kalle Rovanpera were able to set the second-fastest time and energy to claim four bonus points. The championship leader experienced a trying weekend after sweeping the loose gravel roads on Friday before losing around 15 minutes on Saturday morning after damaging his car. However, his Power Stage drive ensures he still leads the drivers’ championship by 53 points with three rounds remaining.

Esapekka Lappi was running in second put on Saturday before he was slowed and forced to avoid by way of a technical issue. Restarting on Sunday, he set the fifth-best time on the energy Stage. With the points scored by Rovanpera and Lappi for achieving the finish coupled with those they claimed on the energy Stage, the team remains in the lead of the manufacturers’ championship by 63 points.

Takamoto Katsuta was the highest-finishing GR YARIS Rally1 HYBRID driver, completing his Acropolis Rally debut in sixth overall to keep his unbroken scoring run in 2022 with TGR WRT Next Generation.

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What’s next?

The WRC heads to Rally New Zealand (September 29 – October 2) for the very first time in 10 years. The smooth gravel roads round the capital city Auckland on the country’s North Island are hugely favored by drivers for his or her fast and flowing nature and considerable camber changes.

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