Unmarried-seater convert Katsuta began two top-level occasions for Toyota this 12 months in Germany and Spain, completing 10th within the former, and likewise took a WRC2 victory in Chile on the wheel of a Tommi Makinen Racing-run Ford Fiesta R5.
Subsequent season, the 26-year-old will get started all seven Ecu rallies along with his house match in Japan, with the skilled Dan Barritt proceeding as his co-driver.
Toyota WRC boss Tommi Makinen stated: “Takamoto has already won some revel in riding the Yaris WRC this 12 months, and simply this week he did the general day of our take a look at to organize for Rallye Monte Carlo, so he’s changing into extra a professional concerning the automotive and gaining a greater figuring out of the way a Global Rally Automobile behaves, in comparison to what he’s pushed earlier than.
“In Spain we had already observed him set some just right level instances, particularly on his 2nd time throughout the phases. Now he simply wishes extra revel in, which is able to assist him to reinforce his consistency. I’m very assured that he’ll display just right issues all through his programme of occasions in 2020.”
Katsuta himself added: “I should say thanks very a lot to Toyota Gazoo Racing and Tommi Makinen Racing for giving me this superb alternative.
“2020 might be a brand new problem for me. I’ve just right revel in of each and every match from this 12 months, however with the intention to compete on the height point in a Global Rally Automobile is a large step up.
“Even though my first occasions within the Yaris WRC this 12 months had been very certain, I do know that I nonetheless wish to reinforce my riding and my pace-notes to succeed in the next point. I’m in point of fact motivated to do this and I’m having a look ahead to seeing how a lot development I will make subsequent 12 months.
“I am hoping that I will display a just right step between the start and the tip of the season, and I’m in point of fact excited for it to start out.”
Toyota is box to set no less than 4 Yaris WRCs for the 8 rounds which Katsuta contests, despite the fact that Jari-Matti Latvala may be understood to be in line for a part-season time table after dropping his seat for the 2020 marketing campaign.
Sebastien Ogier, Elfyn Evans and Kalle Rovanpera had been unveiled because the Eastern marque’s full-time manufacturing facility drivers final month.
Sebastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia, Toyota Yaris WRC
Photograph by way of: Toyota Racing