Katsuta retired from Rally Estonia final month after standard associate Daniel Barritt reported again and neck ache following a heavy touchdown on the fourth stage.
While medical checks confirmed Barritt didn’t break any bones, he was suggested to overlook the Belgian spherical in an effort to make a full restoration.
The late call-up will mark Williams’ first ever aggressive outing in a World Rally Automobile and he admitted it was a chance he couldn’t refuse.
“I bought a cellphone name, they usually mentioned, ‘what do you reckon?’,” Williams advised WRC.com. “After all I used to be going to say sure – I wouldn’t flip it down or something.
“Clearly it’s a disgrace that Dan’s been injured like he has been, however I’m right here to do a job on the finish of the day.”
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The 26-year-old revealed he has examined with Katsuta on earlier events. He additionally defined how working with a top-tier crew shall be a key studying level on the asphalt encounter.
“I’ve achieved round 5 checks with Taka now, so I’ve bought an thought of what I’m getting myself into,” he mentioned. “Outdoors the automotive he’s character. He’s very laid again and crack, which sort of makes my job a bit simpler.
“It’s simply going to be the issues in between the levels just like the work with the engineers and the crew communication and that facet of issues,” he added.
“Toyota have been bang on and actually supportive – everybody’s helped me, like Kaj [Lindström, sporting director] and Jarmo [Lehtinen, event leader].”
Bumper entry for Belgium WRC debut
Renties Ypres Rally Belgium (13 – 15 August) has attracted the largest entry for an FIA World Rally Championship spherical in virtually …
Belgium has by no means featured within the FIA World Rally Championship earlier than, however Williams has a good suggestion of what to anticipate because of earlier expertise.
He co-drove for Josh McErlean in Ypres in 2019 when the occasion featured as a spherical of the Motorsport UK Junior British Rally Championship with a Peugeot 208 R2.
“Clearly it’s going to be totally different in comparison with the little R2,” joked the Englishman. “I feel there are 5 levels that are precisely the identical, and it’s sort of the same structure aside from the Sunday.
“For Taka, it’s extra the long-term image. If he can hold plucking his manner in the direction of the rostrum positions then it’ll be pleased days.”
Full protection from Renties Ypres Rally Belgium shall be accessible on WRC+ All Stay right here, together with each stage broadcast because it occurs in addition to key interviews, options and knowledgeable evaluation from the service park.