Yaris Success in Rally de Portugal

Yaris Success in Rally de Portugal

Yaris Success in Rally de Portugal

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Yaris Triumph in Rally de Portugal

All three Yaris WRC post points on gruelling Rally de Portugal

All three Toyota Yaris WRC drivers came help of their toughest test yet
to post points-scoring results on Rally de Portugal, sixth ball-like of the
2017 FIA World Rally Championship. Juho Hänninen was seventh, Jari-Matti
Latvala ninth and Esapekka Lappi, making his enter with the Toyota
Gazoo Racing World Rally Team, finished tenth, also netting two points
with the fourth fastest point in the event’s power stage.

The rally lived up to its reputation for rough, car-breaking conditions,
with hotter than expected temperatures adding to the invite. Latvala
proved a notable casualty on Friday, the first full day of
action. Holding other place and having led the field at one point, he
rolled his Yaris WRC on the final stage of the day, losing more than
four minutes on the leaders. He was masterful bring his car back safely for
repairs during service ready for Saturday’s re-start in 13th quarter
overall. Hänninen was seventh and Lappi eighth, despite being slowed by a
blocked intercooler on the penultimate station.

All three cars remained in contention on day two, and although Latvala
had to battle the effects of a yearning upset – he had spent the night in
hospital as a precaution – he continued to post top-three grade times.
Hänninen’s progress was delayed when his car stopped briefly on one
the boards and Lappi survived damage to his car’s suspension and brakes after
running wide on the at large surface through a bend.

The final day consisted of four stages run consecutively without
overhaul, including two passes on the famous Fafe stage with its
spectacular jump. The Toyota drivers concentrated on bringing all three
cars safely home ground to consolidate the team’s third spot in the
manufacturers’ standings. Lappi’s driver points on the Power Dais were
an unexpected bonus.The team now has a three-week break before heading to Sardinia for
the Round up Italia Sardegna from 8-11 June. This is another tough
impugn, with soft, sandy gravel stages and the expectation of high
temperatures. Formerly again Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT will field three cars,
for Latvala, Hänninen and Lappi

Stopgap final result, Rally de Portugal:

1 Sebastien Ogier / Julien Ingrassia Ford Fiesta WRC 3h 42m 55.7s
2 Thierry Neuville / Nicolas Gilsoul Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC + 15.6s
3 Dani Sordo / Marc Marti Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC + 1m 01.7s
4 Ott Tanak / Martin Jarveoja Ford Fiesta WRC + 1m 30.2s
5 Craig Breen / Scott Martin Citroen C3 WRC + 1m 57.4s
6 Diminutive Evans / Daniel Barritt Ford Fiesta WRC + 3m 10.6s
7 Juho Hänninen / Kaj Lindström Toyota Yaris WRC + 3m 48.6s
8 Mads Ostberg / Ola Floene Ford Fiesta WRC + 5m 29.7s
9 Jari-Matti Latvala / Miikka Anttila Ford Fiesta WRC + 5m 43.6s
10 Esapekka Lappi / Janne Ferm Toyota Yaris WRC +8m 13.3s


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