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TOYOTA IS WRC TEAM OF THE YEAR

//TOYOTA IS WRC TEAM OF THE YEAR

TOYOTA IS WRC TEAM OF THE YEAR

TOYOTA Gazoo Racing’s clean sweep of the podium at ADAC Rallye Deutschland has earned it the Asahi Kasei Team of the Year accolade in the WRC end-of-season awards.

World champion Ott Tänak headed the 1-2-3 for Tommi Mäkinen’s squad in his Yaris World Rally Car on Germany’s asphalt. Kris Meeke claimed second and Jari-Matti Latvala completed Toyota’s delight in third.

It marked Toyota’s first podium lockout since 1993 and the first by a manufacturer in the WRC since Germany in 2015.

Toyota Gazoo Racing sporting director Kaj Lindström accepted the trophy on behalf of the team in Coffs Harbour and thanked fans on wrc.com who voted for the award.

Others on the shortlist were Citroën Racing’s 1-2 finish in Turkey, M-Sport Ford’s on-event rebuild of Teemu Suninen’s damaged roll cage in Sweden and Citroën’s emergency trans-Atlantic airfreight of a new C3 shell after Esapekka Lappi’s Argentina crash.

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Chris Nixon

Chris Nixon is Media Manager for Kennards Hire Rally Australia.