The eight-time World Champion is testing with Toyota in France all through the weekend to organize for subsequent season, throughout which he’ll take part in just a few rallies with out being engaged full time. He may even need to do with out Julien Ingrassia, now retired, and get used to his new collaboration with Benjamin Veillas.
Sébastien Ogier was resulting from check the brand new Toyota GR Yaris Rally1 hybrid for the primary time final month, after the top of the season at Monza, however testing ended prematurely after an accident suffered by Elfyn Evans. The chassis used then required numerous repairs.
This time is subsequently the proper one for the French driver, who should experience this Saturday and Sunday as a way to put together for the subsequent Rallye Monte-Carlo, scheduled in a little bit over a month for the opening of the 2022 WRC season. Subsequent 12 months, Sébastien Ogier will share the third Toyota with Esapekka Lappi, again within the fold of the Japanese producer. Nonetheless, it’s unclear which different rounds of the calendar the reigning World Champion may take part in.
Along with taking a step again within the WRC, Sébastien Ogier aspires to embark on a profession on the circuit, whereas having extra time for his household. His ambition to race in Endurance has been talked about a number of instances, with debuts envisaged in LMP2 or GTE relying on the alternatives, and even a potential participation within the 24 Hours of Le Mans in one among these two classes.
As Toyota resumes testing for 2022 this weekend, Hyundai is predicted to do the identical in just a few days with the brand new i20 Rally1. Thierry Neuville is predicted there, for assessments which might happen in Germany, not removed from the producer’s manufacturing facility, all about ten days after having emerged unscathed from an accident that occurred throughout a session in France. Session which nevertheless resulted within the damage of his co-driver Martijn Wydaeghe. The latter, after having been operated on on the collarbone, indicated that he needs to be restored for the Rallye Monte-Carlo.
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