Takamoto Katsuta will take on 8 rounds of subsequent 12 months’s Global Rally Championship in a Toyota Yaris WRC, together with his house tournament – the season-closing Rally Japan.
The 26-year-old drove a Yaris all the way through his top-class WRC debut in Germany this 12 months – the place he took a peak 10 end – and likewise contested Spain in the similar automobile.
He spent 2017-’19 development his velocity within the WRC 2 class in a Ford Fiesta R5, and helps to keep the similar co-driver for subsequent season, Dan Barritt.
Katsuta begins his programme with subsequent month’s Monte Carlo Rally. Sweden, Portugal, Sardinia, Finland, Germany and Wales practice in Europe prior to he heads east for Japan.
Katsuta’s fourth Yaris WRC will run along the manufacturing unit automobiles of Sebastien Ogier, Elfyn Evans and Kalle Rovanpera, however it is more likely to be serviced one after the other by means of Tommi Makinen Racing and run a unique livery to the professional automobiles.
“I’ve just right revel in of each and every tournament from this 12 months, however with the intention to compete on the peak degree in a Global Rally Automotive is a large step up,” mentioned ex-Eastern System three racer Katsuta.
“Even though my first occasions within the Yaris WRC this 12 months had been very certain, I do know I nonetheless want to beef up my using and my pace-notes to succeed in the next degree.
“I am in reality motivated to try this and I am taking a look ahead to seeing how a lot growth I will be able to make subsequent 12 months.
“I am hoping I will be able to display a just right step between the start and the tip of the season, and I am in reality excited for it to begin and I will have to say thanks very a lot to Toyota Gazoo Racing and Tommi Makinen Racing for giving me this superb alternative.”
Toyota Gazoo Racing Rally Problem Program manager Makinen added: “Takamoto has already won some revel in using the Yaris WRC this 12 months, and simply this week he did the overall day of our take a look at to arrange for Monte Carlo.
“So he is turning into extra an expert in regards to the automobile and gaining a greater working out of the way a Global Rally Automotive behaves, in comparison to what he is pushed prior to.
“In Spain we had already observed him set some just right level occasions, particularly on his 2nd time throughout the levels.
“Now he simply wishes extra revel in, which is able to lend a hand him to beef up his consistency.
“I am very assured that he’ll display just right issues right through his programme of occasions in 2020.”