TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Global Rally Group takes the lead of the
drivers’, co-drivers’ and producers’ standings to the
French island of Corsica for the primary natural asphalt spherical of
the season, the vintage Excursion de Corse. Championship chief
Ott Tanak will glance to proceed his fresh run of podium
finishes on an occasion the place he completed 2d remaining yr,
with team-mates Jari-Matti Latvala and Kris Meeke additionally out
to duplicate robust performances on earlier visits to
Corsica.

The Excursion de Corse could also be recognized by way of its nickname
of ‘The Rally of 10,000 Corners’ due to its slender and
twisting levels. Phases are on reasonable longer than on any
different spherical, which coupled with abrasive asphalt makes tyre
put on a significant attention. With the mountain roads frequently
covered by way of rock faces on one aspect and steep drops at the
different, there’s little room for error.

The direction has been
modified considerably for 2019, with new levels making up
75% of the aggressive distance. There’s a new get started
location in Porto-Vecchio within the south of the island, the place
two loops of 3 levels might be hung on Friday without a
provider till the tip of the day at Bastia airport. Saturday
options 3 levels every run two times across the north east
of the island, sooner than heading west for the overall two levels
forward of the end in Calvi.

Quotes

Tommi Makinen (Group
Predominant)
“We will be able to pass to Corsica feeling constructive
about our probabilities, in particular after our robust efficiency
there remaining yr once we have been quickest on part of the levels.
This is a very difficult rally, as I discovered again and again
when I used to be riding, however our drivers have all proven they are able to
be rapid there. With such a lot of corners and actually lengthy levels,
you wish to have to have complete self belief within the automotive, differently you
can lose a large number of time. This is the reason you will need to to
get the setup proper. This yr, that might be very true
on Friday as a result of there isn’t any correct provider within the center
of the day to make giant adjustments. However I do know that our staff has
been making ready in addition to imaginable and confidently we will be able to have
some other robust weekend.”

Ott Tanak (Motive force automotive 8)
“I’m
having a look ahead to Corsica. Being first at the highway there as
championship chief must be a excellent factor, as that is the
perfect position to be on asphalt the place the street is cleanest. In
the previous, Corsica used to be almost certainly the rally on which I
struggled probably the most, however we had excellent velocity remaining yr on our
first time there within the Toyota Yaris WRC. We all know that we
have a actually robust package deal now on asphalt, so I consider
that we will be able to have a excellent efficiency. I am certain that a few of
our opponents might be very rapid too, however the intention is to proceed
our sure begin to the season and stay scoring as many
issues as imaginable.”

Jari-Matti Latvala (Motive force automotive
10)
“Corsica is a rally I all the time sit up for. The
asphalt is abrasive so supplies excellent grip, and the street is
normally lovely blank. The island itself could be very stunning
too. I just like the adjustments to the direction this yr. A few
the levels have been used after I gained the rally in 2015, so I’ve
excellent recollections of the ones. I had a excellent check previous this week:
We did 200 kilometres and attempted a large number of issues, now not best
for this rally but in addition construction for the longer term. On
Rallye Monte Carlo I struggled with understeer, so we labored
on that and progressed the turning, in addition to the braking,
and I am feeling extra assured with the auto. Now I have were given a
couple of days of enjoyable at house, and feeling in a position for
the recce to begin on Monday.”

Kris Meeke (Motive force automotive
5)
“I have had excellent occasions in Corsica lately: My
velocity’s all the time been there. It is all the time an enormous problem, and
particularly so this yr with about 75 in keeping with cent of the direction
being totally new. For this reason, I feel making excellent
pace-notes at the recce goes to be an similarly vital
a part of the problem. I had a excellent feeling with the Yaris
WRC in asphalt trim in Monte Carlo, however it used to be an overly
other rally to Corsica–except possibly for the Energy
Degree the place we went lovely smartly! I loved my pre-event check
remaining Sunday, even if it used to be so much to be informed in only one
day on only one highway. However I feel we are fairly transparent on our
path for the setup, and I am having a look ahead to the
rally.”

What took place remaining yr?

Ott Tanak completed in
2d position in his first complete asphalt occasion within the Toyota
Yaris WRC. Esapekka Lappi used to be poised to sign up for him at the
podium sooner than he hit a kerb and needed to prevent to switch a
wheel, and completed 6th in any case. The pair gained part of
the rally’s 12 levels between them. Jari-Matti Latvala
retired following a crash at the Saturday.

TOYOTA GAZOO
Racing Global Rally Group is encouraged by way of the motto: “ALL FOR
WIN” because it competes right through the 2019 season. Our purpose in
2019 is to combat for all 3 crowns. All staff participants are
aiming for this giant purpose in combination. We sit up for your
steady give a boost to!

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