Esapekka Lappi can be again within the WRC at Rally Finland the primary weekend in October, having landed a chance with Toyota. A return of the Finnish driver to Toyota was already talked about not too long ago with a view to a steering wheel for subsequent season.
30-year-old Esapekka Lappi is absent from the WRC championship this yr, after dropping his place on the finish of final season at M-Sport, a workforce he joined after Citroën’s withdrawal from the self-discipline on the finish of 2019.
This return deliberate for his spherical at house will significantly swell Toyota’s squad for this occasion. There’ll thus be at least 5 Yaris WRCs firstly of Rally Finland, together with Sébastien Ogier, Elfyn Evans, Kalle Rovanperä and Takamoto Katsuta.
“I’m very glad to be firstly line of Rally Finland with the Yaris WRC”, rejoices the particular person involved. “It is nice to come back again to the WRC and work with Toyota. We had a good time collectively, I really feel like coming house. A giant thanks to my sponsors and my administration for this chance.”
Esapekka Lappi had pushed for Toyota within the World Championship partially in 2017 after which for your complete season in 2018. The primary yr, he had gained what stays to today his solely victory within the WRC … on his rally grounds. from Finland. For his return to Toyota, he’ll all the time be accompanied by his co-driver Janne Ferm. The 2 males had notably accomplished the 2018 season in fifth place total, after ending second 3 times.
After this look scheduled for subsequent month, Esapekka Lappi may very well be invited by Toyota to share one of many new Yaris hybrids with Sébastien Ogier in 2022, because the Frenchman has determined he’s at the moment taking part in his final full season. On the similar time, the producer reportedly intends to retain the providers of its present full-time pilots.