Toyota leads the FIA WRC Manufacturers’ Championship by 47 points going into the season finale
The GAZOO Racing (GR) World Rally Team (WRT) achieved another podium finish recently in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) when Elfyn Evans claimed second place in the No. 33 Toyota Yaris WRC at the Rally de España in Spain. The result sets up a final-round Driver’s Championship title decider with his team-mate Sébastien Ogier at next month’s Rally Monza in Milan.
Evans and co-driver Scott Martin had led the rally in the No. 33 Toyota Yaris WRC after winning the first three stages, and went on to finish second on the podium by the end of the four-day event. The points gained ensure that Evans still has an opportunity to secure his first Drivers’ Championship going into the final round in Italy. Sébastien Ogier and co-driver Julien Ingrassia now hold a 17-point lead over their teammates as they look to claim an eighth world title.
In the Manufacturers’ Championship, the points scored by Evans and Ogier have added to Toyota’s tally and brought it a step closer to sealing the title. Toyota now leads by 47 points with a maximum of 52 available from the season finale in Italy, which takes place from 19 to 21 November at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza.
Over the years, Toyota has been participating in many different forms of motorsports, including Formula One, the World Endurance Championship (WEC), and the Nürburgring 24 Hours endurance race. Toyota’s participation in these events was overseen by separate entities within the company until April 2015, when Toyota established GR, to consolidate all of its motorsports activities under one in-house brand. Representing Toyota’s belief that ‘the roads build the people, and the people build the cars,’ GR highlights the role of motorsports as a fundamental pillar of Toyota’s commitment to making ‘ever-better’ cars. Harnessing years of experience gained under the extreme conditions of various motorsports events, GR aims to forge new technologies and solutions that bring the freedom, adventure, and joy of driving to everyone.