Toyota Yaris WRC sweeps the podium on 2019 Rally Germany

The Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally Team claimed a lock-out of the podium places on 2019 Rally Germany. Ott Tänak claimed victory to increase his lead in the drivers’ championship to 33 points, with team-mates Kris Meeke and Jari-Matti Latvala joining him on the podium.

The result – the first time in four years that a single manufacturer has filled the overall podium on a World Rally Championship round – brings the team to within eight points of the lead in the manufacturers’ championship.

Rally Germany 2019

Tänak led 2019 Rally Germany almost from start to finish as he and co-driver Martin Järveoja notched up their third win in as many years on the demanding German asphalt event. After an intense battle on the first full day of competition, they built a gap on the fearsome Panzerplatte stages on Saturday afternoon, when Meeke and Latvala moved up into the podium positions.

On the final day the three crews protected their positions, with Tänak winning by 20.8 seconds as he clinched his fifth triumph of the year. For Meeke and co-driver Seb Marshall, second place represents their first podium finishes for Toyota, while third for Latvala and Miikka Anttila was a strong repeat of their result on the previous round in Finland.

Rally Germany 2019

Together, the 2019 Rally Germany result was a perfect one on the home event of Toyota Motorsport GmbH, based nearby in Cologne and responsible for developing the engine of the Toyota Yaris WRC.

Toyota Gazoo Racing Rally Challenge Program driver Takamoto Katsuta reached the end of his first event at the highest level of the WRC in a fine 10th place, driving a separately entered Toyota Yaris WRC.

Tänak said: “It’s an amazing result for the team, so I’m sure there will be big celebrations here, and also when we go to visit the team at TMG here in Germany [on Monday]. We still have four more rounds to go and we need to stay focused and give our maximum. The championship is still tight, and we’ve seen this weekend that nothing is coming easy. We were not always the fastest but we were more consistent, and in the end we managed to get the victory.”

Rally Germany 2019

Team principal Tommi Mäkinen added: “It feels incredible to have our three cars in the first three positions. We had the possibility to achieve a similar situation a few times already and now finally we managed it.

“Our car was clearly very strong here but this weekend we also had the strongest drivers, who showed how to do it in the most challenging asphalt conditions we have. Our test mileage is very limited on asphalt and still we are able to do this sort of result. That says a lot about our teamwork and how well everybody has been working together. I have to be very proud of everybody today.”

Rally Germany 2019

The next outing for Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT will be Rally Turkey (September 12-15), where rocky gravel roads and high temperatures should make for a gruelling event.

2019 Rally Germany, final classification

1Ott Tänak/Martin JärveojaToyota Yaris WRC3h 15m 29.8s
2Kris Meeke/Seb MarshallToyota Yaris WRC+20.8s
3Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka AnttilaToyota Yaris WRC+36.0s
4Thierry Neuville/Nicolas GilsoulHyundai i20 Coupe WRC+58.5s
5Dani Sordo/Carlos del BarrioHyundai i20 Coupe WRC+1m 16.6s
6Andreas Mikkelsen/A. Jaeger-AmlandHyundai i20 Coupe WRC+1m 46.2s
7Sébastien Ogier/Julien IngrassiaCitroën C3 WRC+1m 56.3s
8Esapekka Lappi/Janne FermCitroën C3 WRC+2m 02.2s
9Gus Greensmith/Elliott EdmondsonFord Fiesta WRC+6m 22.2s
10Takamoto Katsuta/Daniel BarrittToyota Yaris WRC+8m 19.2s

2019 World Rally Championship for Drivers (after 10/14)

1Ott Tänak205pts
2Thierry Neuville172
3Sébastien Ogier165
4Kris Meeke80
5Andreas Mikkelsen79
6Elfyn Evans78

 2019 World Rally Championship for Manufacturers (after 10/14)  



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