The manufacturing unit Toyota duo have been entered into the snow rally to assemble beneficial miles driving their GR Yaris Rally1 automobiles forward of the WRC’s to Rally Sweden from 15-18 February.
Evans took the victory with a 5m02.3s margin from 2022 Finnish rally champion Mikko Heikkila after bother hit long-time chief Rovanpera, who competed in his first rally since electing to contest a part-time WRC programme this yr.
Reigning WRC champions Rovanpera and co-driver Jonne Halttunen, who will kick-off their WRC partial season in Sweden, led the rally by means of 11 of the 12 phases earlier than a technical problem struck on the ultimate stage.
The Finnish pair led Evans and co-driver Scott Martin by 24.6s on the finish of Friday after Rovanpera gained 4 of the 5 phases.
Rovnapera elevated the result in 54.5s after setting a string of blistering stage occasions earlier than his rally ended on the ultimate stage, handing Evans the victory.
“The entire day has been good and at last at present we discovered the final tweaks within the automotive and the automotive felt quick on a regular basis,” stated Rovanpera.
“The morning loop went very well and the afternoon additionally. We have been having good tempo on a regular basis, however sadly we had some technical points just a few kilometres from the tip so sadly we couldn’t end on prime, however we loved it and acquired an important factor which was the kilometres.
“We acquired the automotive and the arrange extra clear, so I feel the testing was necessary and hopefully we will have a significantly better feeling earlier than Sweden.”
Rovanpera was one stage away from successful
Photograph by: Toyota Racing
Evans gained the ultimate stage of the rally by 42.6s from Heikkila, driving Toyota’s new GR Yaris Rally2 automotive, to clinch the rally victory from the Finn.
“I feel it was actually helpful to come back and do the rally, in fact having mileage on snow and ice is a large profit as a result of it’s such a novel floor, so to take the mileage was necessary,” stated Evans.
“It’s not a secret that we anticipated to have some work forward of us to get the automotive within the window we needed, and for certain we made some steps, however I nonetheless have just a few left to really feel totally comfy in equity. Let’s see what we will discover.”
Toyota’s WRC group principal Jari-Matti Latvala additionally competed within the rally, ending twentieth general behind the wheel of a Toyota Celica ST185.
The Japanese model’s WRC Problem drivers Hikaru Kogure and Yuki Yamamoto have been in motion bringing their GR Yaris Rally2 entries house in ninth and tenth general.