Toyota Gazoo Racing goes all-in for another title in Australia

08.11.2019: Having clinched the FIA Global Rally Championship titles for drivers’ and co-drivers’ with Ott Tänak and Martin Järveoja on the penultimate around of the season in Spain, the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Global Rally Staff

Having clinched the FIA Global Rally Championship titles for drivers’ and co-drivers’ with Ott Tänak and Martin Järveoja on the penultimate around of the season in Spain, the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Global Rally Staff heads to the finale in Australia (November 14-17) with a transparent intention: To succeed in a hat-trick of titles through holding the producers’ crown it claimed Down Below three hundred and sixty five days in the past.


Eighteen issues from the lead within the standings, the crew is assured in its talent to safe the most efficient imaginable consequence at the side of drivers Tänak, Jari-Matti Latvala and Kris Meeke.

Rally Australia is based totally in Coffs Harbour at the New South Wales coast, mid-way between Sydney and Brisbane. The levels happen over a mix of gravel roads, from twisting woodland tracks to extra open and flowing nation roads.

The rally starts on Thursday afternoon with two passes of a remodeled tremendous particular degree at the Coffs Harbour waterfront. On Friday, the rally heads north for 2 loops of 3 levels, together with the brand new Kookaburra Street check, sooner than two extra runs over the tremendous particular degree within the night.

On Saturday, the crews shuttle south for 2 loops of 4 levels separated through the Raleigh raceway check. The closing day of the season on Sunday is composed of 3 levels every run two times, with the brand new Mount Coramba and Decrease Bucca mixed with the acquainted Wedding ceremony Bells finale.


Tommi Mäkinen (Staff Foremost)

“After our implausible success in Spain, we are actually centered totally on looking to win the producers’ identify in Australia as soon as once more. This time we’re the chasers, however in some way it makes it relatively simple for us; we simply must push for optimum issues and notice what occurs.

Our automotive is robust on such a roads that we get in Australia. Final 12 months, Jari-Matti took the win and Ott used to be proper up there till past due on. I comprehend it’s a rally Kris has carried out smartly on too previously. So we’re feeling assured about our probabilities.”


Martin Järveoja and Ott Tänak

Ott Tänak (Motive force automotive 8)

“In the end the force we had in Spain, it is going to be great to visit Australia feeling much more comfy. As a crew, we now have accomplished so much previously two years and we now have an opportunity to take a look at to win every other identify in combination. I love Rally Australia however it may be very difficult.

With the entire timber and the shadows it may be exhausting to look the place the street goes, so it’s important to be centered to your notes. It may well be tricky for us working first at the street, as in most cases the elements is good and sunny, however we noticed closing 12 months that it may possibly additionally rain relatively closely, after which it turns into very tough and slippery for everyone.”

Miikka Anttila and Jari-Matti Latvala

Jari-Matti Latvala (Motive force automotive 10)

“Australia is a rally that I actually like. The levels are beautiful just right, relatively speedy and flowing and the rhythm is actually great. Annually they have got some new sections, however we all know the traits beautiful smartly. I’ve some nice recollections, particularly from closing 12 months once I received the rally and we claimed the producers’ identify for Toyota.

That used to be an excellent feeling, and it will be implausible if lets do the similar once more this 12 months. It’s no longer going to be simple however the whole thing is imaginable and we should be sure.”

Seb Marshall and Kris Meeke

Kris Meeke (Motive force automotive 5)

“We move to Australia nonetheless with an opportunity within the producers’ championship, and we’re no doubt going to offer it our perfect shot. It’s a rally that I revel in. I’ve had some just right velocity there previously and I feel it’s a rally the place all 3 folks will also be robust.

Some portions of the path will likely be new for me, and a few bits will likely be new for everybody, however I in most cases really feel relaxed on the kind of roads that we get available in the market.”


The statistics (Rally Australia):

Yr     Ott Tänak     Jari-Matti Latvala     Kris Meeke
2018     DNF     1     –
2017     2     DNF     7
2016     7     9     –
2015     6     2     3
2014     DNF     2     4
2013     –     4     DNF


What came about closing 12 months?

The crew claimed the producers’ identify as Jari-Matti Latvala took victory in Australia. Esapekka Lappi completed in fourth, whilst Tänak used to be combating together with Latvala for the lead of the rally sooner than he crashed within the penultimate degree.

Yaris WRC Rally Australia 2018

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Global Rally Staff is encouraged through the motto: “ALL FOR WIN” because it competes right through the 2019 season. Our function in 2019 is to battle for all 3 crowns. All crew participants are aiming for this giant function in combination. We look ahead to your steady enhance!

– Stephan Lesuisse, pictures TGR

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