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TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Achieves Spectacular Victory in Rally México

26 Mar 2023

The TOYOTA GAZOO Racing (TGR) World Rally Team has scored a superb victory and double podium finish at Rally México, with Sébastien Ogier becoming the undisputed master of the gravel event in the No. 17 GR YARIS Rally1 Hybrid Electric Vehicle after his record seventh win.

In the FIA World Rally Championship’s first trip to the high-altitude stages in the mountains above León since 2020, the team performed strongly to lock out three of the top four positions in a thrilling conclusion that also saw Elfyn Evans finish third in the No. 33 GR YARIS Rally1 Hybrid Electric Vehicle and Kalle Rovanperä fourth in the No. 69 GR YARIS Rally1 Hybrid Electric Vehicle.

Having led from the first stage of Saturday morning, Ogier and co-driver Vincent Landais came into Sunday’s finale with a lead of 35.8 seconds. This cushion allowed them to take a safe approach to the morning’s stages, which included the longest of the weekend, the 35.63 kilometre-long Otates.

Ogier then delivered an incredible performance to seal the victory with the fastest time on the rally-ending Power Stage in the No. 17 GR YARIS Rally1 Hybrid Electric Vehicle, securing a maximum score that puts him top of the championship standings by three points despite having contested only two of the three events held so far.

The WRC championship resumes with the Croatia Rally from April 20-23

The WRC championship resumes with the Croatia Rally from April 20-23

Akio Toyoda, President of Toyota Motor Corporation and TGR Team Founder, said: “Sébastien, congratulations on your latest consecutive win in Mexico! Vincent, congratulations on your first victory there! This was the first Rally México with the GR YARIS Rally1 Hybrid Electric Vehicle, and I think the crews were able to drive with confidence in their engines thanks to the Denso radiator team’s ‘Rei-kyaku Damashii’ – the special name for their devotion to cooling, or ‘Cooling Spirit’. I would like to express my appreciation for their strong support and partnership with us. Elfyn, Scott, congratulations on your first podium of the season! The whole team will continue ever-better car-making for you.”

Over the years, Toyota has been participating in many different forms of motorsports, ‎including Formula One, the World Endurance Championship (WEC), and the Nürburgring 24 ‎Hours endurance race. Toyota’s participation in these events was overseen by separate ‎entities within the company until April 2015, when Toyota established TGR, ‎to consolidate all of its motorsport’s activities under one in-house brand. Representing ‎Toyota’s belief that ‘the roads build the people, and the people build the cars,’ TGR highlights the role of motorsports as a fundamental pillar of Toyota’s commitment to ‎making ‘ever-better’ cars. Harnessing years of experience gained under the extreme ‎conditions of various motorsports events, TGR aims to forge new ‎technologies and solutions that bring the freedom, adventure, and joy of driving to everyone.

The WRC championship resumes with the Croatia Rally from April 20-23. The first pure asphalt round of the season, the rally will take place in the capital city, Zagreb.

Race Notes:

● No. 17 GR YARIS Rally1 Hybrid Electric Vehicle (Sébastien Ogier & Vincent Landais)

o Position: 1st

o Time: 3h16m09.4s

• No. 33 GR YARIS Rally1 Hybrid Electric Vehicle (Elfyn Evans & Scott Martin)

o Position: 3rd

o Time: 3h:16m:37.3s

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ASTON MARTIN VALKYRIE AMR-LMH HYPERCAR HITS THE TRACK

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The new Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR-LMH has hit the track for the first time, as Aston Martin with The Heart of Racing begins a comprehensive testing programme ahead of the British ultra-luxury sportscar brand’s bid to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans outright next year and for the first time since 1959.

The new Hypercar, developed by Aston Martin Performance Technologies and works team The Heart of Racing, completed a shakedown and initial evaluation testing in the UK this week, The car was driven by Aston Martin High Performance development driver Darren Turner (GBR), The Heart of Racing’s Mario Farnbacher (DEU) and Harry Tincknell (GBR), who won the LMGTE class of the 2020 24 Hours of Le Mans with Aston Martin.

Aston Martin with The Heart of Racing will now commence a full development schedule to prepare the car ahead of FIA homologation in the autumn and its competitive debut in early 2025. The Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR-LMH is the first racing car to be built to Hypercar regulations to contest both the FIA World Endurance Championship [WEC] and the US-based IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship [IMSA] simultaneously.

The Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR-LMH is unique in the top Hypercar class of global endurance motorsport in that it is the only one among its contemporaries to derive its roots from an existing production-based extreme performance car – Aston Martin Valkyrie, the ultimate hypercar. Works team The Heart of Racing will enter two Valkyrie AMR-LMH contenders in WEC and a single car in IMSA in 2025.

Adam Carter, Aston Martin Head of Endurance Motorsport, said: “The Valkyrie AMR-LMH sets its own standard as a thoroughbred endurance competition car. It is a pure, leading edge racing machine, and while it is very early in the testing cycle, from what we have witnessed so far, we are satisfied that it is achieving the targets and criteria we have set out for it to accomplish.”

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