Toyota has still work to do to reach at Skoda's level in WRC2

The team principal of Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT, Jari-Matti Latvala, says that his team has still work to do on Yaris Rally2 in terms of development while he reveals that this car may be homologated at the end of 2023 for tackling the WRC stages in 2024.

Toyota presented for the first time the GR Yaris Rally2 at Rally Japan a year ago, where Tommi Makinen and Juho Kankkuned drove it in two stages on Saturday,  while the brought the GR Yaris Rally2 concept car at Rallye Monte Carlo three months ago. Since their announcement for their involvement in WRC2 class, Juho Hanninen tested this Rally2 car many times as he is the development driver of Toyota while Sebastien Ogier, Kalle Rovanpera, Takamoto Katsuta and Elfyn Evans had the chance to drive it and to give to engineers valuable feedack.  

"We have been testing quite a lot", Latvala said.

"The car is getting better and better, it’s very easy to drive, handling well, the boys have been really happy about it, it’s been quite reliable, but there is still things to do because we know the level of ┼ákoda, how strong it is.

"So you need to really have the car which is 100% ready for the competition. 

"So there is still work to be done. 

"There’s many tests coming now in the spring time, so it’s an important time for the development.

"If we want to have the car in Monte Carlo 2024, I think then the homologation needs to be done by the very end of the year.

"So I think that is what we try to look is that we would have the homologation done by the end of the year, that we could have the cars first delivered by the beginning of the year.

"That is at the moment what we are speaking and looking at this option".


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