Unmarried-seater convert Katsuta began two top-level occasions for Toyota this yr in Germany and Spain, completing 10th within the former, and in addition 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 Eu 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 received some enjoy using the Yaris WRC this yr, and simply this week he did the overall day of our check to organize for Rallye Monte Carlo, so he’s turning into extra an expert in regards to the automotive and gaining a greater working out of ways a Global Rally Automobile behaves, in comparison to what he’s pushed sooner than.
“In Spain we had already observed him set some just right level occasions, particularly on his 2nd time in the course of the phases. Now he simply wishes extra enjoy, which is able to assist him to strengthen his consistency. I’m very assured that he’s going to 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 enjoy of each and every match from this yr, however so to compete on the height point in a Global Rally Automobile is a huge step up.
“Even though my first occasions within the Yaris WRC this yr had been very sure, I do know that I nonetheless wish to strengthen my using and my pace-notes to succeed in a better point. I’m in reality motivated to try this and I’m taking a look ahead to seeing how a lot growth I will be able to make subsequent yr.
“I’m hoping that I will be able to display a just right step between the start and the top of the season, and I’m in reality excited for it to start out.”
Toyota is box to set a minimum of 4 Yaris WRCs for the 8 rounds which Katsuta contests, even if Jari-Matti Latvala could also 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 Jap marque’s full-time manufacturing facility drivers remaining month.
Sebastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia, Toyota Yaris WRC