WRC 2024 result after Round 2: Rally Sweden

Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally Team continued its 2024 FIA World Rally Championship campaign with a strong points haul for Elfyn Evans on a challenging Rally Sweden. The British driver set the pace on the final day and claimed second overall. But how does this WRC 2024 result leave the rest of the team?

WRC 2024 result

WRC 2024 result: Rally Sweden

Rally Sweden is the only full winter event in the WRC season, yet the studded tyres and high speeds of this snowy fixture are familiar territory for Toyota Gazoo Racing. It was the location of the team’s first victory in 2017, and since then we have secured a further three outright wins – partly guaranteed by participation in the Arctic Lapland Rally, which is usually scheduled a couple of weeks beforehand.

WRC 2024 result

This year’s action began on Thursday morning with the pre-event shakedown, where double world champion Kalle Rovanperä set the early pace in the GR Yaris Rally1 Hybrid. But the first competitive stage took place close to the service park with a three-mile evening sprint from the forest roads outside the host city of Umeå to a technical spectator arena that had been heavily watered for maximum ice and minimal traction. Here Rovanperä once again set the fastest time, with team-mates Takamoto Katsuta and Elfyn Evans locking-out the remaining top three positions.

WRC 2024 result

Unfortunately, day two’s story was not so good for Toyota’s flying Finn. After winning the first stage, Rovanperä made contact with a snow bank on SS4. His Yaris sustained too much damage to continue, so the team set about repairing it for him to restart on day three.

WRC 2024 result

Somewhat miraculously, Evans recovered from a high-speed 360-degree spin on Friday’s second stage, while Katsuta acted judiciously and made it through the morning unscathed to take the rally lead. Heavy snowfall blighted the afternoon stages and created a situation where each competitor felt like they were having to sweep the road afresh. What’s more, the final two stages were run in darkness. Despite these difficulties, Katsuta (below) only lost a small amount of time and concluded the day in second position.

Katsuta reduced the gap to first place to less than a second with a good run through day three’s opening test. But tragically the Japanese driver’s efforts were brought to an abrubt halt following a damaging interface with a snowbank – the team’s second in as many days. As was the case with Rovanperä the day before, Katsuta’s car was too damaged to continue but would be able to return to action the following day.

WRC 2024 result

Having suffered from the worst of the conditions at the front of the road order on Friday, Evans was finally able to recover some positions during the Saturday morning loop. He then began the afternoon with a stage win and concluded the day in the third place and the honour of being the fastest driver. Meanwhile, Rovanperä restarted his Sweden campaign on the morning of day three. He won the morning’s second test and aimed to target further team points on the final day.

Beginning the final day in third place, Evans (above) stormed into second on Sunday’s opening stage. He was fastest in the subsequent second pass of that stage, and finished just 0.039 seconds behind team-mate Rovanperä in the rally-ending Power Stage. That performance was enough to top the Super Sunday classification, giving Evans and co-driver Scott Martin a total of 24 points from the weekend – more than any other crew.

Adding Rovanperä’s winnings into account, Toyota Gazoo Racing took the maximum 22 points available on Sunday to remain jointly in the lead of the manufacturers’ championship after two rounds.

WRC 2024 result in Round 2: Rally Sweden

POSITION TEAM DRIVERS VARIATION 
Hyundai Motorsport Esapekka Lappi / Janne Ferm  
2 Toyota Gazoo Racing Elfyn Evans / Scott Martin + 29.6s 
M-Sport Ford Adrien Fourmaux / Alexandre Coria + 47.9s 
Hyundai Motorsport Thierry Neuville / Martijn Wydaeghe + 1m 46.3s 
Toksport WRT Oliver Solberg / Elliott Edmondson + 5m 04.2s 
39 Toyota Gazoo Racing Kalle Rovanperä / Jonne Halttunen + 48m 31.9s 
45Toyota Gazoo Racing Takamoto Katsuta / Aaron Johnston+ 59m 04.5s

WRC 2024 championship standings: drivers and co-drivers

POSITION TEAM DRIVERS POINTS 
Hyundai Motorsport Thierry Neuville / Martijn Wydaeghe 48 
2 Toyota Gazoo Racing Elfyn Evans / Scott Martin45 
M-Sport Ford Adrien Fourmaux / Alexandre Coria 29 
4 Toyota Gazoo Racing Sébastien Ogier / Vincent Landais 24 
Hyundai Motorsport Ott Tänak / Martin Järveoja21 
7 Toyota Gazoo Racing Takamoto Katsuta / Aaron Johnston12 
8 Toyota Gazoo Racing Kalle Rovanperä / Jonne Halttunen 11 

Where is the WRC heading next?

Round three is the legendary Safari Rally Kenya, which takes place on 28-31 March. This event represents the only African round of the WRC, and as such has been brought forward to coincide with the start of Kenya’s rainy season. This move will no doubt increase the challenge for the teams while continuing to provide the gruelling conditions that this iconic rally is famous for.

2 comments

  1. Very good article and hoping Toyota Gazoo Racing have better look in Kenya. Wishing Elfyn Evans and Scott Martin continued success in their GR Yaris.

  2. I would like along with many others too see WRC coming too Scotland. It’s been a long time since we seen these superb drivers and car performing in Scotland.

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