WRC2 champ Lappi to re­turn... with Toy­ota?

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Re­cently crowned WRC2 cham­pion Es­apekka Lappi has con­firmed he will re­turn to the World Rally Cham­pi­onship next sea­son.

Ahead of last week’s sea­son fi­nale in Aus­tralia, the Finn re­fused to com­ment on his fu­ture in the sport, be­yond con­firm­ing he would be leav­ing the Skoda team. Lappi is un­der­stood to have signed to drive a Toy­ota Yaris WRC next sea­son, but is un­able to con­firm his new agree­ment.

Lappi said: “I can’t tell you what I will be driv­ing, but I will be back here again next year. It’s ex­cit­ing to have won the ti­tle and now, like I told you be­fore, the time has come to move on from Skoda.

“I’m happy to have this cham­pi­onship – it’s good for Skoda, the team de­serves this suc­cess.”

Skoda’s mo­tor­sport di­rec­tor, Michal Hra­banek, said the Fabia R5’s first WRC2 ti­tle was a rea­son for cel­e­bra­tion for the team.

“Ten of the 13 ral­lies were won in the Skoda Fabia R5 this year,” said Hra­banek. “That says ev­ery­thing about the qual­ity and speed of our car.”

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