TOYOTA GAZOO Racing still on course in Spain

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing still on course in Spain

16.10.2021: The TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team maintained its double presence in the top three positions at the Rally de España on the second and longest day of the event, with Elfyn Evans and Sébastien Ogier remaining second and third respectively with one day


The TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team maintained its double presence in the top three positions at the Rally de España on the second and longest day of the event, with Elfyn Evans and Sébastien Ogier remaining second and third respectively with one day to go.




After a strong performance on Friday, Evans began the day only 0.7 seconds away from the rally leader but was not quite able to repeat the same stunning form on a different set of stages and ended the day 16.4s behind the leader. Still, he remains in second overall and ahead of team-mate and drivers’ title rival Ogier by 22.3s.



Championship leader Ogier saw his advantage over fourth place reduced during the morning loop but he responded spectacularly in the afternoon after setup changes in service, setting the fastest time in both SS11 and SS12. Although time was lost in the evening’s closing street stage, he is still 1.2s ahead of the driver in fourth. By occupying second and third overall, the team remains on course towards its goal of securing the manufacturers’ championship on Sunday, depending on the results of the Power Stage.



Kalle Rovanperä remains in fifth place overall and set strong times in particular through the two passes of the Savallà stage as he gains further experience on his first appearance on this event in a World Rally Car.



TGR WRC Challenge Program driver Takamoto Katsuta returned under restart rules this morning after damaging his Yaris WRC on Friday morning and built his confidence and stage times during the day.





Quotes:



Jari-Matti Latvala (Team Principal)


“It has not been a bad day for us but unfortunately the rally win is a bit further away tonight than when we started this morning. The level is so high in this championship at the moment that you always have to try to improve the car, but if you make just a small change and you’re not so confident anymore, you see it immediately in the stage times, and that was the case for Elfyn today.


Still we had some positives today, because Sébastien had better speed this afternoon after the changes he made at lunchtime and we were fighting for the stage wins again. Unfortunately he lost some seconds in the final stage tonight, but we are still on target and if we can get second and third at the end of the rally tomorrow it would be important for the manufacturers’ title.”




Sébastien Ogier (Driver car 1)



“This morning some things had been improved: I was more happy with the balance and I could enjoy driving the car more in the clean sections at least. Still, the times were not so great. But we continued to work on the car setup and after service it was starting to feel better and the times were coming and we had a great afternoon.



Unfortuantely the engine stalled on a hairpin in the final stage so it is close again behind, but the positive is that the car is suiting me and the pace is there so I’m still very confident going into tomorrow.”




Elfyn Evans (Driver car 33)



“We didn’t have a such a great day today and not what we wanted. The times were OK but not as good as yesterday obviously. We tried to improve the car in certain areas, like in the dirty places where we were struggling yesterday afternoon – and also this morning when we were running further back on the road. To an extent we managed to improve that, but in the process we affected the overall balance of the car.



 We had to try something but it didn’t work out: I never really found the sweet spot and never felt as comfortable as yesterday. Here you have to be very confident, and I wasn’t at my very best today and it showed in the times. But tomorrow we’ll keep trying.”





Kalle Rovanperä (Driver car 69)



“The pace was much better today and we could do good times without taking maximum risk. We made some more setup changes last night and already the first stage this morning was really nice in quite tricky conditions with a bit of fog and some damp places. We had a slow puncture on the second stage and then a big moment on the third one, but overall it was quite a good morning and I was happy with the car.


The afternoon was again quite tricky with a lot of gravel from the cuts, but we were not in a big fight anymore so we took it steady without big risks, and I’m learning all the time. Tomorrow the target is to finish the rally safely but also try to push for points on the Power Stage.”





End of day two (Saturday):



1 Thierry Neuville/Martijn Wydaeghe (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) 2h03m45.7s
2 Elfyn Evans/Scott Martin (Toyota Yaris WRC) +16.4s
3 Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (Toyota Yaris WRC) +38.7s
4 Dani Sordo/Cándido Carrera (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) +39.9s
5 Kalle Rovanperä/Jonne Halttunen (Toyota Yaris WRC) +1m12.3s
6 Gus Greensmith/Chris Patterson (Ford Fiesta WRC) +3m45.2s
7 Oliver Solberg/Craig Drew (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) +3m45.9s
8 Nil Solans/Marc Martí (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) +3m53.8s
9 Eric Camilli/Maxime Vilmot (Citroën C3 Rally2) +7m52.8s
10 Nikolay Gryazin/Konstantin Aleksandrov (Škoda Fabia Rally2 evo) +8m02.5s



(Results as of 19:00 on Saturday, for the latest results please visit www.wrc.com)





What's next?



Sunday’s final day consists of the returning Santa Marina stage and the well-known Riudecanyes test, both to be run twice either side of a service in Salou. The opening stage takes place before sunrise, while the second pass of Riudecanyes will offer crucial bonus points towards the championships as the rally-closing Power Stage.
 



- Alastair Moffit, photos Toyota

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