Toyota Extend Championship Lead Following Double Podium In Wales Rally GB
Toyota Gazoo Racing extended the lead in the World Rally Championship manufacturers points standings following a double podium finish for the team at the Wales Rally GB on Sunday.
Jari Matti Latvala finished the rally in second place just 10.6s behind event winner Sebastien Ogier and speaking following the event he said:
It was a great battle today, I really enjoyed the fight. The first two stages were great for me, but it went away in the final loop. It was maybe down to the tyre choice: I had one used soft tyre and on the gravel it wasn’t biting that well. This is a very important result for the team for the manufacturers’ championship, and also for myself: to get these consecutive podiums is very nice.”
Ott Tanak who was forced to retire from the event on Saturday afternoon he was back in action on Sunday and ended the event in 19th place and speaking following the event he commented by saying:
Today we just did our job, which was to get some points from the Power Stage and then to get to the finish. That is all we could really do today. We are still in the championship fight but the situation is tougher for us now. It will not be easy but we will keep trying until the end
Esapekka Lappi who finished the rally in third place commented by saying:
I am pretty pleased with this result. These are important points, especially for the team. In the morning loop the performance was really strong: We defended our third place and we managed to do a fastest time, which is always nice. We got a big gap and after that it was just about bringing the car safely to the finish, which we did.
Toyota Gazoo Racing Team Principal Tommi Makinen commented on the team’s double podium by saying:
We saw a brilliant fight today from Jari-Matti. He tried all that he could, but it seems Ogier was just a bit too strong this time. It is nice to see two of our crews on the podium again, and this result means it is looking good for us in the manufacturers’ championship. Obviously we are still disappointed by what happened to Ott on Saturday. It makes his drivers’ title bid more difficult, but there are still a lot of points available and he is clearly the strongest driver right now, so it could all still turn around. I believe nothing will be decided until Australia.