THE MOTORSPORT LAP
Tanak wins again
Toyota Gazoo Racing claims back-to-back victories at the German Rally
The Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally Team is celebrating a second straight victory after Ott Tanak followed his Rally Finland triumph by securing victory in Rallye Deutschland. The result is the maiden win on asphalt for the Toyota Yaris WRC. As in Finland, the team achieved a double podium result, with Esapekka Lappi finishing in third place to help Toyota climb to second in the manufacturers’ championship and close to within 13 points of the lead. Splitting the two Toyotas was the Hyundai i20 WRC team of Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul. Tanak almost led the rally from start to finish, only briefly conceding the lead after SS2. He carried an advantage of 43.7 seconds into the final day and sealed the win on the Bosenberg Power Stage. It was Tanak and co-driver Martin Jarveoja’s third win since joining Toyota in 2018, the pair’s second on Rallye Deutschland in as many years. The next rally will be in Turkey from September 14-16. Low temperatures did not deter a large crowd from ...