As anticipated, Takamoto Katsuta will nonetheless have a full WRC program with Toyota in 2022. The Japanese driver will likely be on the wheel of a fourth automobile lined up by the producer, as was already the case this season for his first full marketing campaign within the World Championship.
The renewal of the settlement was formalized this Friday, whereas Toyota had confirmed the distribution of its first three crews just a few weeks in the past. As a reminder, the primary two new era Yaris will likely be entrusted to Elfyn Evans and Kalle Rovanperä whereas Sébastien Ogier will share the third with Esapekka Lappi.
Takamoto Katsuta will due to this fact be current on all rallies, whereas this yr he signed as the most effective consequence a primary podium with a pleasant second place on the Safari Rally in Kenya. The 28-year-old Japanese driver continues to progress after beginning within the WRC in 2019 with two rallies, then 5 in 2020.
Subsequent season will likely be marked by a change of co-driver for him since Daniel Barritt, who has accompanied him for a number of years, doesn’t come again. The Briton has encountered well being considerations this season with accidents to his neck and again, which even disadvantaged the crew of a participation in Rally Estonia in July. He will likely be changed by Irishman Aaron Johnston, former co-driver of Oliver Solberg at Hyundai.
“I am unable to wait to see you subsequent yr with the brand new era of automobiles, which will likely be very fascinating and complicated”, explains Takamoto Katsuta. “Quite a bit will change and I am actually trying ahead to seeing what it seems like within the automobile, and seeing what we will obtain. I additionally stay up for persevering with to work with Aaron. We’ve an excellent relationship and I am certain that they are often even stronger over the course of the rallies. “
“I wish to thank Dan for his super help since 2016. With out him I’d not have been capable of accomplish the nice outcomes we’ve got achieved collectively. He gave me loads of recommendation and we had some enjoyable occasions. will at all times work carefully collectively out of the automobile. Due to Toyota Gazoo Racing for his or her help. I’m very completely satisfied to work with this group and can proceed to do my finest to attain good outcomes. “
Takamoto Katsuta is having a fairly combined 2020 season as he was initially the one driver to complete within the high 6 within the first six rallies, however has since confronted a dismal success. Absent in Estonia after which in Greece because of issues affecting his co-pilots, he was then the sufferer of accidents in Belgium, Finland and Spain. He at the moment occupies seventh place within the championship with 68 factors.
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