The Tommi Makinen-led Toyota Gazoo Racing mission entered the 3rd yr of the marque’s go back to the International Rally Championship in 2019 however proved to be the benchmark on the earth’s most sensible rally collection within the fingers of Estonian famous person Tanak.
Tanak, who has received the Rally Driving force of the 12 months award this night, guided the Yaris to 6 wins from the 13 rallies run this season, beating Hyundai-backed Thierry Neuville to the championship with what was once a spherical to spare earlier than Rally Australia’s cancellation.
Regardless that Tanak has departed the crew for 2020, Toyota stands in excellent stead to provide up a repeat of its ‘19 efficiency with six-time WRC champion Sebastien Ogier subsequent yr.
One-time WRC champion Ari Vatanen additionally offered this award, handing it over to TGR’s technical director Tom Fowler.
Fowler stated: “The 2017-spec homologation vehicles are getting nearer and nearer, it is tough to seek out those closing tenths of a 2d and we had a large push this yr to verify Ott is a champion,
“Giant because of Ott for demonstrating the auto’s power.”
Fowler joked he had spent “15 years” seeking to prevent Sebastiens (Loeb and Ogier) from profitable the WRC however is having a look ahead to running with new signing Ogier in 2020.
The Yaris held off festival from Citroen’s C3 WRC, the Hyundai i20 WRC and Ford Fiesta WRC challengers to bag most sensible honours in Rally Automotive of the 12 months 2019.
The 2019 Autosport Awards might be broadcast on Sky Sports activities F1 at 9pm on Monday December 9.