Toyota Claims Another Win With Double Podium In Greece
The GAZOO Racing (GR) World Rally Team celebrated another spectacular result recently when Kalle Rovanperä claimed his second FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) victory in the No. 69 Toyota Yaris WRC after conquering the legendary Acropolis Rally in Greece. Sébastien Ogier completed a double podium finish in the No. 1 Toyota Yaris WRC, strengthening both his and the team’s leads in the championship standings.
Rovanperä produced an incredible stage win during the final day’s opening test, finishing 14.1s faster than anyone else. He went on to seal the victory in the No. 69 Toyota Yaris WRC with the fastest time in the Power Stage. Rovanperä and Ogier formed part of a top-three separated by just 3.9 seconds at the conclusion of the second day. Rovanperä and his co-driver Jonne Halttunen enjoyed a storming start to day three in which they won all four stages in the opening loop, allowing them to build a lead of more than half a minute going into the fourth and final day.
Elfyn Evans came in second during the Power Stage, while Ogier finished third, gaining more points for the team. Ogier and co-driver Julien Ingrassia earned a valuable podium finish, securing third place in the No. 1 Toyota Yaris WRC. Ogier now leads the drivers’ standings by 44 points with just three rounds remaining. Thanks to the team’s fifth double podium result of the year and the bonus points from the Power Stage, Toyota has now increased its Manufacturers’ Championship lead to 57 points.
Rally Finland will be run for the first time in over two years from October 1-3. The GR team, which has its headquarters close to the service park in Jyväskylä, has won the three previous editions of its ‘home’ rally. However, the autumn date could bring different conditions and characteristics to an event known for high speeds and big jumps.
- No. 69 Toyota Yaris WRC (Kalle Rovanperä & Jonne Halttunen)
- Position: 1st
- Time: 3h28m24.6s
- No. 1 Toyota Yaris WRC (Sébastien Ogier & Julien Ingrassia)
- Position: 3rd
- Time: 3h29m35.9s
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