Five Toyota Rally1s at the start of Rally Finland, Latvala entered in Rally2

The entry list for the Rally Finland (August 1-4) has been revealed, and Toyota will arrive with a veritable armada of five Yaris Rally1s! The main director of the Japanese team, Jari-Matti Latvala, will start with a Yaris Rally2.

Published on 05/07/2024 à 13:25

Dorian Grangier

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Five Toyota Rally1s at the start of Rally Finland, Latvala entered in Rally2

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The next Rally of Finland will have a little air of Japan, from August 1st to 4th. In the entry list revealed this Friday, there are no less than 80 crews registered, including 10 Rally1… and 5 Toyota Yaris Rally1!

The Japanese firm, which will race close to its base in Jyväskylä, will have five representatives in the premier category: in addition to the full season starters, namely Elfyn Evans and Takamoto Katsuta, the luxury freelancers Sébastien Ogier and Kalle Rovanperä will also be at the start. They will be accompanied by a new kid, Sami Pajari, who will make his Rally1 debut on home soil. This is the first time that Toyota has entered five vehicles in the same event since the debut of the Rally1 category in 2022.

Among the competition, no changes. As per usual, Hyundai will show up with three cars, and Esapekka Lappi will occupy the third Korean seat. M-Sport Ford will be represented by its two starting drivers, Adrien fourmaux and Grégoire Munster.

The Rally2 category will also be very busy with 39 crews registered and a nice surprise: the presence of Jari-Matti Latvala at the wheel of a Yaris Rally2! The man with 209 departures WRC, who took part in Rally Finland last year aboard a Rally1, will be supported by Juho Hänninen.

The field will be very strong with in particular Oliver Solberg, Pierre-Louis Loubet and Gus Greensmith aboard the Skoda Fabia or even Emil Lindholm and Teemu Suninen in the Hyundai i20. Citroën drivers Yohan Rossel and Nikolay Gryazin are also on the entry list, but will not be eligible for points for the WRC2 championship. We will find two French crews in the WRC3 category, with Mattéo Chatillon on a Renault Clio Rally3 and Tristan Charpentier in a Ford Fiesta Rally3.

The full list of entrants for the Rally Finland can be found HERE.

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Dorian Grangier

A young journalist nostalgic for the motorsport of yesteryear. Raised on the exploits of Sébastien Loeb and Fernando Alonso.

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