Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally Championship Team’s Sebastien Ogier and Elfyn Evans had a great Rally Croatia as they brought home a 1-2 finish for the team despite a post-event penalty handed to Ogier. Speaking following the action, Akio Toyoda (Team Founder said)

“I’m very proud that our crews delivered victory to the team in this new Croatia Rally. To Seb, Julien, and the team, congratulations! Seb and Julien had an unexpected accident on the road section. After this they weren’t able to compete with their car in perfect condition on the final day, but they never gave up and they finally won the rally. I really appreciate their hard work. Elfyn and Scott also did great by finishing so close behind. It’s wonderful that we achieved a one-two finish.

It was also great that Takamoto won two stages. It would be nice to say that the advice I gave him when we met in Japan a few weeks ago was helpful, but it’s all about his own improvement through his continual efforts. I’m looking forward to seeing his improvement in the coming events as well. Kalle and Jonne’s rally ended very early. I was relieved to know that they were both OK and I believe they still learned from this rally.

Led by Jari-Matti, the team shows its strength in every rally with all team members working together. The events come without much break after the next one Portugal. Taking our health as the first priority, we continue our preparations. To our fans, please continue cheering for the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team. We always appreciate your support and encouragement. Thank you very much.”

Jari Matti Latvala, Toyota Team Principal commented saying:

It is so tense and exciting following the action on the stages when our drivers fighting for the victory like they were today. I feel very sorry for Elfyn, he went a little bit wide on the last corner and basically it was lost there, but they both had to push, and Seb did a brilliant final stage. We are happy, we need to be proud of what these guys have done this weekend and for another one-two finish, which is an amazing result for the team.

Sebastien Ogier commented on the event saying:

“It has been a real rollercoaster of emotions this weekend. The most important thing is that everyone is safe after what happened this morning on the road section; this was my main concern when it happened. I also thought my rally could be over, but the car was not too badly damaged and we could carry on. I’m not sure I believed it was possible to still win after everything that happened, but I think everybody knows that I never give up and I tried to keep fighting until the end. I feel for Elfyn who did a good job this weekend and was especially strong this morning. But we had good pace this weekend and just had some issues that slowed us down at times. It’s nice to share the podium in another one-two for the team.”

Elfyn Evans commented on his result saying:

To come second is never the way you want to finish when you go into the last stage with the lead. Obviously, Seb had a very, very strong last stage and unfortunately for us we made an error on what was basically the last proper corner. It’s frustrating but at the same time it’s a solid result, and a very good result for the team. They have done a great job to give both Seb and I a fantastic car this weekend. We fought tooth and nail all the way through and it was good fun.”

WRC RALLY CROATIA 2021
Date: 25.4.2021 Time: 19:25 hrs
Subject: STEWARDS DECISION NO. 6 Document No: 2.8
To: The Competitor TOYOTA GAZOO RACING WRT of car No. 1
Crew SEBASTIEN OGIER / JULIEN INGRASSIA
The Stewards, having received a report from the Clerk of the Course with video evidence attached,
summoned a representative of the Competitor, have considered the following matter and determine the
following:
Facts Team member of TOYOTA GAZOO RACING WRT, Jarmo Lehtinen was seen on the
traffic accident scene of car No. 1 Sebastian OGIER / Julien INGRASSIA on 25th April
between Road Book 3 positions page 21 box 5 and page 22 box 6.
Offence Breach of Article 56.2.1 of the 2021 FIA WRC Sporting Regulations.
Decision Reprimand on the competitor TOYOTA GAZOO RACING WRT.
Reason The hearing was held on Sunday, 25.4.2021 at 16:10 with competitor’s representatives
Mr. Kaj Lindström, Sporting Director and Mr. Jarmo Lehtinen, Event Leader. The Clerk of
the Course, Mr. Slaven Dedić and Ms. Emilia Abel, the FIA nominated Task Force
member, were also present.
Mr. Lehtinen explained that after the traffic accident of car No. 1, he received a phone call
from the crew. The crew told Mr. Lehtinen that the police on the accident site were
requesting the presence of a team member to sort out the paperwork. Mr. Lehtinen then
told that he had called to Ms. Abel explaining the situation. Over the phone they had
agreed that once on site, Mr. Lehtinen would call again.
Ms. Abel confirmed the above statements and that during the new call the police officer
at the rally control talked to the police on the accident site.
Mr. Lehtinen added that he had well understood that he could not approach the car and
therefore he had informed the rally organiser about this request made by the police.
Under these extraordinary circumstances, the Stewards decided to apply the above
penalty.
Competitors are reminded that they have the right to appeal certain decisions of the Stewards, in accordance
with Article 15 of the FIA International Sporting Code and Chapter IV of the FIA Judicial and Disciplinary
Rules.
Timo Rautiainen Silver Kütt Sanjin Paro
The Stewards
This decision was notified by email to the Competitor’s officially nominated representative as below:
Name (in block letters): KAJ LINDSTRÖM Date: 25.4.2021
Position within the team: Sporting Director Time: 19:27
Published on the Organiser’s Digital Notice Board on 25.4.2021 at 19:45 hrs

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