The young shoots of the Toyota program in Rally2 in 2024

Hikaru Kogure and Yuki Yamamoto, two products of Toyota's young rally driver program, will take the Rally2 milestone next year.

Published on 31/10/2023 à 10:25

Dorian Grangier

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The young shoots of the Toyota program in Rally2 in 2024

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Since his return to WRC, in 2017, Toyota continues to seek and train young Japanese promises for the future. With the TGR WRC Challenge Program, the objective is to find the future superstar of rally Japanese and global. Takamoto Katsuta, now entered in Rally1 with the Japanese firm, has been there and today, Toyota is looking for his equivalent.

A trio of young Japanese drivers had been chosen to begin training in Finland in early 2022. Alongside their training, these young drivers took part in national and international rallies across Europe in two-person Rally4s. driving wheels over the past two seasons.

For the next phase of the program, two drivers will have the opportunity to upgrade to four-wheel drive Rally2 cars. Hikaru Kogure and Yuki Yamamoto are the drivers who have been chosen by Toyota and will participate in rallies in Europe next year, including some WRC events. The two Japanese are expected to drive in the new Yaris Rally2, which will enter competition in 2024. Nao Otake will also have the chance to continue his development in the Japanese Rally Championship next year with the support of Toyota.

The process of recruiting a new class of young drivers for the TGR WRC Challenge program is also underway following a recent qualifying phase which took place at Fuji Speedway in Japan. The final selection will take place in Finland in December.

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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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