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Toyota has introduced its 2019 World Rally Championship signing Kris Meeke might be co-driven by Seb Marshall.
Autosport reported in October that Meeke, who was axed by Citroen after Could’s Rally Portugal, and co-driver Paul Nagle had break up amicably forward of Meeke’s 2019 WRC return with Toyota.
Marshall, who has served as Hyundai driver Hayden Paddon’s co-driver, was understood on the time to be favorite to associate the five-time rally winner.
Toyota has now confirmed Marshall will co-drive Meeke in certainly one of its three Yaris WRCs, which can mark Marshall’s first full co-driving marketing campaign within the sequence.
Marshall (pictured under) has 4 years’ expertise within the WRC, having co-driven Kevin Abbring earlier than becoming a member of Paddon – who contested a part-campaign this 12 months – from Rally Portugal in 2017.
A press release from Toyota confirming Marshall’s arrival mentioned he “has shortly turn out to be probably the most revered co-drivers in rallying”.
“Within the comparatively brief time period Hayden and I’ve labored collectively we have achieved an ideal deal,” mentioned Marshall in a publish shared on his Twitter account.
“My time with him has undoubtedly been my most profitable within the sport – registering quite a few stage wins, WRC podiums and plenty of different profession highlights.
“It is robust to name time on a partnership as sturdy as ours and it is a determination I deliberated over at size. Nonetheless, a possibility arose that I felt I could not ignore.
“I will be stepping right into a seat with some massive footwear to fill, however I am vastly excited by the prospect of working with Kris and the Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally staff – and contesting a full WRC season for the primary time.
“I need to specific my monumental because of Hayden and all people within the Hyundai staff, who I’ve spent the final 4 years with.”
Toyota added that Meeke and Marshall will begin their co-operation later this month, in preparation for January’s Monte Carlo Rally season opener.