TOYOTA GAZOO Racing WRC Problem Program – A studying expertise for Katsuta in Sardinia

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TOYOTA GAZOO Racing WRC Challenge Program - A learning experience for Katsuta in Sardinia




TOYOTA GAZOO Racing WRC Challenge Program - A learning experience for Katsuta in Sardinia

12.10.2020: TOYOTA GAZOO Racing WRC Problem Program driver Takamoto Katsuta skilled a troublesome weekend within the newest spherical of the FIA World Rally Championship, Rally Italia Sardegna, which led to retirement following a crash on the ultimate day.

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing WRC Problem Program driver Takamoto Katsuta skilled a troublesome weekend within the newest spherical of the FIA World Rally Championship, Rally Italia Sardegna, which led to retirement following a crash on the ultimate day.

Going down on the Italian island of Sardinia, the rally is characterised by technical and slim gravel phases which might be lined by rocks and bushes. Katsuta had some earlier expertise of the challenges posed by the occasion, having made three earlier begins within the WRC2 class. Nonetheless, this may be his first begin in a rally with such traits within the Toyota Yaris WRC.

After a stable begin, Katsuta went off the street in a sluggish nook on Friday’s fourth stage. He was capable of restart on Saturday, gaining new expertise by operating first on the street and sweeping a line via the unfastened gravel for the automobiles behind him, though he skilled a difficulty with the braking system in the course of the afternoon. This was repaired for Sunday, however Katsuta’s rally got here to an finish when he rolled within the day’s second stage – each he and co-driver Dan Barritt had been unharmed.

Quotes:

Takamoto Katsuta:

“On Friday in SS4 there was a slim and difficult half, I used to be barely off-line in a left-hand nook so I used to be on the unfastened gravel and couldn’t cease the automotive for the following tight-right nook, and we went vast into the ditch. On Saturday it was very troublesome opening the street; it was my first expertise of that on a rally like this. It was very slippery and I had no strains to comply with, however it was a great studying expertise for me for the long run. On Sunday in a really slim part in SS14 I went barely vast and hit the financial institution on the skin.

On the following left-hander there was a rock or one thing on the within that we hit, and after that the automotive rolled. This can be a exhausting time for me however I hope that it’s going to make me stronger. The automotive is so quick and the extent of the opposite drivers is so excessive so I want to enhance many issues, corresponding to my pace-notes and my focus. I’ll attempt to do my finest to enhance.”


Jarkko Miettinen (TOYOTA GAZOO Racing WRC Problem Program teacher):

“Rally Sardinia confirmed us how versatile the WRC is. Taka had good velocity in Sweden and nice driving in Estonia. Each of those occasions are excessive velocity rallies on good roads. We anticipated Sardinia to be tougher for Taka and expectations had been decrease when it got here to pure velocity right here.

The intention was to be taught extra in regards to the Yaris WRC on these sluggish and tough roads and partly this goal was achieved as Taka accomplished many of the phases. After two incidents, the one factor we will take house is that there’s nonetheless quite a bit to be taught on sluggish and slim gravel roads and in addition in following the set goal all the way in which to complete line of the final stage.”


Outcomes:

1    Dani Sordo/Carlos del Barrio (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC)    2h41m37.5s
2    Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC)    +5.1s
3    Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (Toyota Yaris WRC)    +6.1s
4    Elfyn Evans/Scott Martin (Toyota Yaris WRC)    +1m02.3s
5    Teemu Suninen/Jarmo Lehtinen (Ford Fiesta WRC)    +1m33.9s

Retired    Takamoto Katsuta/Daniel Barritt (Toyota Yaris WRC)   

What’s subsequent?

Following the addition of the Monza Rally to the WRC calendar as the ultimate spherical of the 2020 season, which occasion Katsuta will take part in subsequent stays into consideration.

 
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