It was only the second rally in the Toyota Yaris WRC, but Esapekka Lappi claimed six stage wins, including the Power Stage win, more stage wins than any other driver this weekend. Lappi and Ferm ended 4th in the overall classification.
At the end of an incredibly challenging four days for the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team, it was an excellent result: second for Jari-Matti Latvala, narrowing the points gap to the championship leader, while Esapekka Lappi was fourth, having claimed a remarkable six fastest stage times (including the Power Stage): more than any other driver this weekend. Juho Hänninen led the rally on Friday and also won a stage, eventually finishing sixth.
Lappi won the Power Stage on only his second rally in the Yaris WRC.
“I’m happy with this rally, we learned a lot. Sunday was good, especially the Power Stage, as that’s a stage where a lot of the drivers are pushing very hard. For the first two stages today I was in full tyre saving mode: that’s why the times were not so good but in any case we had nothing to lose or gain. Then on the stage before the Power Stage I pushed a little bit harder to get a feel for the speed again, then on the Power Stage it was full attack, but we had no problems: clean with no mistakes. On this rally, the most important thing I learned was the driving style of the car on these slow and twisty roads; now I need to find out a bit more about how to drive the car when we get to fast roads.”