Jari-matti Lat­vala/mi­ikka Ant­tila: 2nd Juho Han­ni­nen/kaj Lind­strom: 16th Monte fastest times: 0

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Toy­ota’s Monte re­sult bodes very well for the rest of the year – sim­ply be­cause both cars made it through the event with­out any ma­jor re­li­a­bil­ity is­sues. The set-up aboard both Yaris WRCS evolved con­sid­er­ably through the rally, but that was born out of the fact that they hadn’t tested in the con­di­tions found in the Alps last month.

Swe­den should bring an­other step in pace: Lat­vala has tested ex­ten­sively in the snow and both he and Han­ni­nen have huge ex­pe­ri­ence to draw on in those con­di­tions. But it’s on the gravel where the Yaris could work best. Most of the 12,000-plus miles of test­ing were com­pleted on the loose in Fin­land, Spain and Por­tu­gal and this is where team prin­ci­pal Tommi Maki­nen feels the car ex­cels.

What­ever hap­pens, the Ja­panese gi­ant’s re­turn has been ex­cep­tional so far. Right now, Toy­ota’s record is just as good as that of re­cent WRC bench­mark Volkswagen – when the Polo R WRC ar­rived it ‘only’ man­aged a se­cond on its de­but.

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