Jun. 23, 2017
Rally Poland: Preview
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing accelerates onto super-fast Polish stages
The TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team will take on some of the fastest roads in the FIA World Rally Championship on Rally Poland from June 29 to July 2, when it will look to continue its strong momentum last time out in Sardinia. Now the team faces a brand-new challenge on rapid gravel stages that are very different from those of southern Europe, but with the possibility of more very hot weather.
- Car 10 (Jari-Matti Latvala, Miikka Anttila)
Although it is the fourth consecutive round held on gravel, Rally Poland poses a very different challenge to the events held before it, with soft, sandy and flowing stages. The high speeds can be similar to those seen on Rally Finland, so it will provide a good opportunity for the team and three crews to develop the performance of the Yaris WRC in these demanding conditions ahead of the following round.
Rally Poland is based at the town of Mikolajki in the north-east of the country, where a super special stage hosts the opening stage on Thursday evening. It features again at the end of both Friday and Saturday's action, when it follows two loops of four stages. The rally ends on Sunday with two stages ran twice, featuring the new 18.68-kilometre Paprotki test that serves as the event-closing Power Stage.
To prepare for next week's rally, all three drivers took part in a test on gravel in Estonia, using similar roads to those that will be seen in Poland.
|Year||Jari-Matti Latvala||Juho Hänninen||Esapekka Lappi|
*Valid for ERC only
- 2017 FIA World Rally Championship for drivers after round seven
- Sebastien Ogier141
- Thierry Neuville123
- Ott Tanak108
- Jari-Matti Latvala107
- Dani Sordo70
- Elfyn Evans53
- Craig Breen43
- Hayden Paddon33
- Juho Hänninen29
- Kris Meeke27
- Esapekka Lappi20
- 2017 FIA World Rally Championship for manufacturers after round seven
- M-Sport World Rally Team234
- Hyundai Motorsport194
- TOYOTA GAZOO Racing WRT143
- Citroen Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team97
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