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Rally GB: Day 4
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing scores points in Wales

Jari-Matti Latvala and Esapekka Lappi both secured points finishes on Wales Rally GB, the penultimate round of the World Rally Championship, with Latvala also taking additional points thanks to a third-fastest time on the Power Stage. Latvala ended the rally in fifth place, less than a second behind the fourth-placed finisher, after winning two stages. Lappi was ninth, while Juho Hänninen was forced into retirement after a small mistake in tricky conditions on Saturday.

October 29, 2017 
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The final day in Wales consisted of five stages run consecutively with no service halt, including the Power Stage that concluded the rally. Latvala was locked into a tight battle with his closest rival and pushed hard to try and make up a position. With Lappi having a larger gap in front and behind him, he concentrated on bringing the car home and collecting more data that will be vital for future development of the Yaris WRC.

Quotes:
Tommi Mäkinen (Team principal) 
“I can’t really be happy with our performance here, but on the positive side we know what was holding us back and how to rectify it. During the pre-event test, we had some grippier conditions than we found on the rally. We know that we have made some big improvements in high-grip conditions, also from Rally Finland. But in Spain we made a few changes that were in the wrong direction, so next time we will make use of this experience to prepare slightly differently. Our drivers did a good job and of course we have to talk especially about Juho, who was doing his last rally of the year with us. It was a shame his rally ended the way it did, with a very small mistake that led to big consequences, especially as he had been setting such good times, but that’s motorsport. Juho has been a vital part of our test and development programme, and if we have been able to make some good achievements this year, it’s also thanks to him. So ‘thank you, Juho’ from all of us. And also congratulations to Sebastien Ogier and M-Sport for winning the titles here in Wales.”

Jari-Matti Latvala (Driver car 10) 
“I couldn’t have gone any quicker than I did on the Power Stage: I gave it absolutely everything! This has not been a perfect rally for us, but we’re happy to score some points, we know what we can do to improve, and it doesn’t take anything away from the fact that the Toyota Yaris WRC is the best car that I’ve ever driven. Conditions between the rally and the test were not exactly the same and that was one of the problems we experienced: on the polished stages today it was impossible to get the car to turn, so that was frustrating. But I’ve still enjoyed the rally: it was fantastic to see so many spectators out on the stages. Wales is always one of the most difficult events of the year, but after Finland it is definitely my second home rally: I’m always very happy to be competing here.”

Esapekka Lappi (Driver car 12) 
“For me the most important thing was to get to the finish, so I made sure that I concentrated on that above everything else, in order to improve my experience of these challenging conditions. Today we had a good run through the first loop of stages and set some promising times, but on the second run when the roads were cleaner, it was more difficult and I struggled to find the grip. We learned a lot on this rally, so even though it wasn’t the result that we wanted, it was very valuable experience that will help us for the future. I’m learning all the time and so is the team.”

PROVISIONAL FINAL RESULT, RALLY GB 
1 Elfyn Evans/Daniel Barritt (Ford Fiesta WRC) 2h57m00.6s
2 Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) +37.3s
3 Sebastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (Ford Fiesta WRC) +45.2s
4 Andreas Mikkelsen/Anders Jaeger (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) +49.8s
5 Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (Toyota Yaris WRC) +50.3s
6 Ott Tanak/Martin Jarveoja (Ford Fiesta WRC) +1m02.3s
7 Kris Meeke/Paul Nagle (Citroen C3 WRC): +1m20.5s
8 Hayden Paddon/Seb Marshall (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) +2m16.3s
9 Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm (Toyota Yaris WRC) +2m46.5s
10 Dani Sordo/Marc Marti (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) +3m50.5s
Ret Juho Hänninen/Kaj Lindström (Toyota Yaris WRC)
(Results as of 18:30 on Sunday, for the latest results please visit www.wrc.com)

2017 FIA World Rally Championship for drivers after round 12: 
1 Sebastien Ogier 215
2 Thierry Neuville 183
3 Ott Tanak 169
4 Jari-Matti Latvala 136
5 Elfyn Evans 118
6 Dani Sordo 95
7 Juho Hänninen 71
8 Kris Meeke 70
9 Craig Breen 64
10 Hayden Paddon 59
12 Esapekka Lappi 51

2017 FIA World Rally Championship for manufacturers after round 12: 
1 M-Sport World Rally Team 398
2 Hyundai Motorsport 305
3 TOYOTA GAZOO Racing WRT 241
4 Citroen Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team 210

What’s next? 
The final round of this year’s World Rally Championship will be Rally Australia, held from 16-19 November and based in Coffs Harbour, halfway between Sydney and Brisbane on the New South Wales Coast. Two examples of the Yaris WRC will contest the all-gravel event, to be driven by Latvala and Lappi. Hot and dusty conditions are expected.

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