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TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team announced new Team Principal is Jari-Matti Latvala
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Toyota GAZOO Racing World Rally Team is preparing for the 2021 season for further success in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). Sebastien Ogier, who joined the team in 2020 and won his seventh drivers’ title, will fight for the 2021 season alongside Elfin Evans, who extended his career by one season and finished second in the Drivers Championship in 2020, and rapidly growing youngster Kalle Robampera.
In addition to these three talented drivers, Jari-Matti Latvala has been appointed as the team’s representative. Latvala, the most experienced driver in WRC history, will lead the team, succeeding Tomi Makinen, who will become Toyota Motor Corporation’s motorsport advisor from January 2021. With a driver’s perspective, Latvala will lead the team alongside project director Yuichiro Haruna, sporting director Kai Lindstrom and technical director Tom Fowler.
An 18-time WRC winner, Latvala has been part of the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team’s success story since 2017, the first year of wrc participation. He played a key role in the development of the Yaris WRC a few weeks before his debut at the 2017 rally Monte Carlo, and led the Yaris WRC to second place overall in his own driving. And in the second round of Rally Sweden, we had our first win over the team and the Yaris WRC. He also won the final rally in 2018, which was a major contribution to Toyota’s manufacturing title.
Latvala is known not only for being one of the most popular drivers in the rally world, but also for his strong passion for rallying, and he competes in rallies in his own maintained Toyota historic rally car. He has also served as an ambassador for TOYOTA GAZOO Racing around the world in 2020, which will be taken over even after he becomes team representative.
With a lot of knowledge, Latvala understands what top rally drivers want from cars and teams. His extensive experience at the forefront of the WRC until recently will also be of great help to the team’s youngsters, Robampera, and Takamoto Katsuta, driver of the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing WRC Challenge Program.
Akio Toyoda (TGR team owner) to Jari-Matt
i. It was a year ago that I sent you out of the team as a driver. I’m glad to be able to send you another message a year later. When I thought about creating a new team from 2021, jari-matti’s face came to my mind. Because, since I met you, I have been able to sympathize with you in many situations. You value your fans
and teammates more than anyone else. As a driver, you always got off the car at the service park and went to the fans first. He cared about all the team members, including mechanics and engineers, and always called out to me. At that time, it led to the immense power of the team, and I think that your personality was the source of the strength that led to the team title. When I first met
you, you told me all the stories about Celica and Corolla that I cherished, even though I was a top driver in a Volkswagen uniform. The next year, you changed into a Toyota uniform, and you loved Yaris and really cherished it. As one of the car guys who loves cars, I still remember your love of cars and the love of Toyota. And the last thing we have in common is “losing ass not ou
t.” When you re-tireed at the 2017 Australian Rally, you should have been more disappointed than anyone else, but you came back to the service park and apologized to everyone on the team for your fault. You have a strong sense of responsibility. I know that the mind of “losing” makes the team and the car stronger. Your power as
a manager is unknown. I don’t know what the possibilities are for you, too. However, there is no doubt that the commonalities mentioned earlier were the decider to entrust the team to you. I believe you will definitely tie it to the strength of the team and build a strong team. Ask for the new TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team. I’m looking forward to the day we get on the roof of Yaris together.
Jari-Matti Latvala (Team Representative) I
am truly honored that Akio Toyoda trusted me and appointed me to represent the team. I’ve been a part of this team since the early days as a driver, so it’s a great pleasure to be able to take over this job that Akio and Tomi have done together. As a team representative, we need to look at things with a big vision going forward. We need to motivate everyone on the team to work together to get the best results. It’s a new challenge for me, but I feel very rewarding. Tomi has done a great job building the team from scratch and leading it to success. Still, there’s room for further improvement and I want to take advantage of what I’ve learned over the years as a driver and work with each director of the team to bring as much success as possible to this team. The 2021 season is just around the corner, but the team already has proven machines and strong drivers, and everyone understands what to do ahead of the Rally Monte Carlo in January.
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M-SPORT EVALUATION CENTRE PROGRESS CONTINUES
M-Sport's state-of-the-art evaluation center is well underway, and the company's millions of pounds of facility in Cambrian's Dovenby Hall Estate is expected to be completed this fall.
This facility is considered essential to the future of cockermouth-based business, and when completed, it can protect existing jobs and create new skills in the region.
A team of specialist builders in Northern Development spends months in the summer, and the building is complete.
All pre-cast concrete walls are installed inside, and the first partition to separate the 10,723 m2 workshop from various departments is beginning to take shape along with mechanical and electrical equipment.
A concrete road is laid as an entrance from the outside, and structural glass is installed in front of the impressive showroom of the development front.
The project was made possible by investing in the UK government's Regional Growth Fund (RGF) and the Growth Fund provided by the Cambrian Regional Enterprise Partnership (CLEP), enabling M-Sport to develop its own facilities.
The M-Sport Evaluation Center was designed to provide a unique center of outstanding engineering and boost the Cambrian economy, skills and innovation in the northern power plant.
M-Sport Management Director, Malcolm Wilson OBE
"We are very proud of what we are creating here at Dovenby Hall.It's important to move operational facilities forward to attract new businesses and protect existing jobs and new skills in their areas.
These are particularly difficult times for so many companies, but once the evaluation center is up and running, we are confident that we can continue to offer Cambria out of the other side.
Together with Northern Development, we work closely with the Alladale Borough Council to ensure that the facility functions properly and complies with the safety measures deployed in the community.
Following the latest test, we aim to withdraw the current plan application and submit a revised application for approval in the near future.This will allow it to run in the coming months.」