Esapekka Lappi is the 2012 Finnish Rally Champion and the youngest winner of Arctic Lapland Rally. Just a year after becoming an EVEN Management athlete, Esapekka became a professional rally driver when he signed a contract with ŠKODA Motorsport to compete in the 2013 FIA European Rally Championship. The multi-year deal also included selected rounds of the FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship, as well as the opportunity to gain more FIA World Rally Championship experience.
Esapekka became FIA European Rally Champion in 2014, after another fantastic season in the factory ŠKODA Motorsport Fabia S2000.
In 2015 Lappi continued his successful partnership with Skoda Motorsport, and competed in the WRC2 with the brand new Skoda Fabia R5, along with the continuation of the development work with the car. He contested 8 rallies in total, took 4 podiums and together with co-driver Janne Ferm, he celebrated victory at both Rally Poland and Rally Finland.
The Skoda Motorsport success story continued for 2016, when the Finnish duo nailed the 2016 WRC2 championship at the final round in Australia. In the Skoda Fabia R5 Lappi and Ferm wrapped up four wins (Finland, Germany, Wales and Australia) and two 3rds in the 2016 WRC2.
In 2017 a new chapter begin for our Finnish crew as they took a step up to the WRC. Lappi and Ferm were signed with Toyota Gazoo Racing WRC and set to compete in the WRC with the brand new Toyota Yaris WRC. The highlight of the season came with their overall victory at Rally Finland. In their first year in the FIA World Rally Championship, they managed to secure their maiden win at their home event.
2018 was another strong season by Lappi and Ferm. 3 podiums in total, and also 3 Power Stage wins, saw them secure 5thin the Driver’s Standings, while their team Toyota Gazoo Racing claimed the manufacturer title.
For 2019 the Finnish duo will start another chapter in their WRC-adventure, with a move to Citroën Racing. Alongside world champion Sebastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia, they will compete in a Citroën C3 WRC.