PHOTO: Hiroki Arai of Japan and Australian Glenn Macneall finished seventh in WCR2 in Rally Sweden (Toyota pic)
AWAY from the excitement of Jari-Matti Latvala’s Rally Sweden victory last weekend, Australian co-driver Glenn Macneall was part of another impressive achievement on the snow for the Toyota Gazoo organisation.
Perth-based Macneall, one of Australia’s busiest and most experienced professional co-drivers, called notes for Japanese driver Hiroki Arai, the pair finishing seventh in the WRC2 category aboard a Ford Fiesta R5.
Their entry was supported by the Toyota Gazoo Racing Rally Challenge Program, which is mentoring potential WRC careers for Arai – son of former Subaru WRC driver Toshi Arai – and Takamoto Katsuta.
After contesting the Finish championship last year, the crews are undertaking some WRC2 events in 2017 to build their experience.
Rally Sweden provided the young Japanese drivers with a chance to not only practise their driving skills and pacenotes, but also acclimatise to the physical and mental effort needed to master a top-level world event.
The role of Macneall, current Asia Pacific Rally Champion co-driver, is to contribute his experience to assisting Arai’s development.
Toyota Gazoo Racing Rally Challenge Program instructor Jouni Ampuja said: “We’re happy with the progress that our drivers have made in Sweden and we’re especially happy to see two cars at the finish in the same good condition as they started. Both drivers are improving all the time, helped by their co-drivers, and fulfilling the objectives that we have set for them.”