WRC2 champ Lappi to return... with Toyota?
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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