The TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team has claimed a historic lock-out of the podium places on Rallye Deutschland. Ott Tänak claimed victory to increase his lead in the drivers' championship to 33 points, with team-mates Kris Meeke and Jari-Matti Latvala joining him on the podium. The result―the first time in four years that a single manufacturer has filled the overall podium on a WRC round―brings the team to within eight points of the lead in the manufacturers' championship.
- Podium Ceremony
Tänak led the rally almost from start to finish as he and co-driver Martin Järveoja notched up their third win in as many years on the demanding German asphalt event. After an intense battle they built a gap on the fearsome Panzerplatte stages on Saturday afternoon, when Meeke and Latvala moved up into the podium positions.
On the final day the three crews protected their positions, with Tänak ultimately winning by 20.8 seconds as he clinched his fifth triumph of the year. For Meeke and co-driver Seb Marshall, second place represents their first podium finishes for Toyota, while third for Latvala and Miikka Anttila was a strong repeat of their result on the previous round in Finland. Together, it was a perfect result on the home event of Toyota Motorsport GmbH, based nearby in Cologne and responsible for developing the engine of the Toyota Yaris WRC.
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Rally Challenge Program driver Takamoto Katsuta reached the end of his first event at the highest level of the WRC in a fine 10th place, driving a separately-entered Toyota Yaris WRC.
- Car 8 (Ott Tänak, Martin Järveoja)
- Akio Toyoda (Team Chairman)
- "All six TOYOTA GAZOO Racing WRT drivers and co-drivers stood on the podium at Rally Germany. It was a great sight! I would have loved to be standing next to you while being soaked in champagne on the podium. But today I feel great! And Takamoto Katsuta finished his first WRC event with the Yaris. This was also something I wanted to see. The scene I truly want to see is him standing on the podium. But today I feel great! Thank you very much to the drivers, co-drivers, Tommi, the team members, and all of the fans who are pleased with this result. Ott and Martin, thank you very much for your two consecutive wins, and your wins in Germany, the home of the Yaris WRC engine. Kris and Jari-Matti were continually saying in interviews, 'I will drive for the team! I'll drive through and get the points for the manufacturers' championship!' It's normal for a driver to want to drive faster than anyone else. I really thank them for controlling that feeling and driving for the team. It's a really good team. Let's keep fighting for the remaining four events this season with this team! And let's do our best to keep delivering the best sights for the fans! To all the fans, I wish for your continuous support for TOYOTA GAZOO Racing WRT."
Tommi Mäkinen (Team Principal)
Ott Tänak (Driver car 8)
Jari-Matti Latvala (Driver car 10)
Kris Meeke (Driver car 5)
FINAL RESULT, RALLYE DEUTSCHLAND
- Ott Tänak / Martin Järveoja (Toyota Yaris WRC) 3h15m29.8s
- Kris Meeke / Seb Marshall (Toyota Yaris WRC) +20.8s
- Jari-Matti Latvala / Miikka Anttila (Toyota Yaris WRC) +36.0s
- Thierry Neuville / Nicolas Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) +58.5s
- Dani Sordo / Carlos del Barrio (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC)+1m16.6s
- Andreas Mikkelsen / Anders Jaeger-Amland (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC)+1m46.2s
- Sébastien Ogier / Julien Ingrassia (Citroën C3 WRC)+1m56.3s
- Esapekka Lappi / Janne Ferm (Citroën C3 WRC)+2m02.2s
- Gus Greensmith / Elliott Edmondson (Ford Fiesta WRC)+6m22.2s
- Takamoto Katsuta / Daniel Barritt (Toyota Yaris WRC)+8m19.2s
Rally Turkey (September 12-15) returned to the WRC in 2018 in a new location around Marmaris on the Mediterranean coast. Rocky gravel roads and high temperatures make for a gruelling event.
- Car 8 (Ott Tänak, Martin Järveoja)
- Car 10 (Jari-Matti Latvala, Miikka Anttila)
- Car 5 (Kris Meeke, Seb Marshall)