Toyota Gazoo Racing Clinches Top Two Spots in Thrilling Croatia Rally Finish

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In an exhilarating conclusion to the Croatia Rally, Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally Team secured a one-two finish, with Sébastien Ogier claiming the top spot over his teammate Elfyn Evans. This victory marks a continuation of TGR-WRT’s dominance at the asphalt event, maintaining their unbroken winning streak since its introduction to the FIA World Rally…

In an exhilarating conclusion to the Croatia Rally, Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally Team secured a one-two finish, with Sébastien Ogier claiming the top spot over his teammate Elfyn Evans. This victory marks a continuation of TGR-WRT’s dominance at the asphalt event, maintaining their unbroken winning streak since its introduction to the FIA World Rally Championship in 2021.

The rally, held near Zagreb, presented a series of demanding stages that tested the drivers’ skills under tight competition and challenging conditions. Throughout the event, the lead alternated, with less than ten seconds separating the top competitors.

The rally saw a critical moment on its final day during the morning’s second stage when both Thierry Neuville of Hyundai and Evans encountered setbacks, allowing Ogier to take the lead after a flawless run. Ogier, alongside co-driver Vincent Landais, managed to maintain their lead, securing Ogier’s 59th career victory and his 100th podium finish.

Evans, paired with co-driver Scott Martin, demonstrated resilience by finishing strongly in second place, just 9.7 seconds behind Ogier. Despite a challenging weekend, Evans’ performance keeps him just six points behind in the driver’s championship race.

Another noteworthy performance came from Takamoto Katsuta and co-driver Aaron Johnston, who showed marked improvement and secured a fifth-place overall finish. They also topped the Super Sunday standings, highlighting their progress throughout the rally.

The GR Yaris Rally2, driven by Sami Pajari and Enni Mälkönen, also made headlines by finishing third in its category and tenth overall, further demonstrating the team’s depth and capability.

Toyota Gazoo Racing continues to lead the manufacturers’ standings, now with a slightly increased margin, thanks to the concerted effort of all its crews, who navigated the unpredictable weather and rigorous stages without major issues.

As the WRC moves to its next round in Portugal, the team looks to build on their current success and address last year’s challenges to ensure a strong performance across all entries.

This rally not only showcased the skill and determination of the drivers but also the strategic acumen of the entire Toyota team, proving once again why they remain at the forefront of the World Rally Championship.


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