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Toyota hands Katsuta eight WRC starts for 2020

Single-seater convert Katsuta started two top-level events for Toyota this year in Germany and Spain, finishing 10th in the former, and also took a WRC2 victory in Chile at the wheel of a Tommi Makinen Racing-run Ford Fiesta R5. Next season, the 26-year-old will start all seven European rallies in addition to his home event, with the experienced Dan Barritt continuing as his co-driver. Toyota WRC boss Tommi Makinen said: “Takamoto
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Skoda axes works WRC2 team after “losing great drivers”

This year, Rovanpera became the fourth different driver in as many years to win the title in a Skoda Fabia R5, taking honours in the newly split-off WRC2 Pro category with five wins. The 19-year-old Finn follows Esapekka Lappi, Pontus Tidemand and Jan Kopecky in becoming WRC2 champion, and has landed a factory Toyota seat for 2020. Skoda had already scaled back from five to two factory cars for Rovanpera
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Red Bull junior programme expands into Dakar

The new initiative, which will follow in the footsteps of the circuit racing Red Bull Junior Team that produced Formula 1 champion Sebastian Vettel and grand prix winners Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen, will be run in partnership with off-road racing mainstay Overdrive. Also a major contributor to Toyota's Dakar efforts, Overdrive has built and designed a 4x4 prototype under the lightweight FIA T3 regulations - which govern the SxS
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Alonso completes final Dakar test in Abu Dhabi

Two-time Formula 1 champion Alonso completed two-and-a-half days of running with his Toyota Gazoo Racing South Africa team alongside co-driver Marc Coma, which will be his last running before the start of the Saudi Arabian event on January 5. The main objective of the test, which concluded on Tuesday, was for the Spaniard to continue gaining experience in reading the terrain in the dunes, focussing particular on following roadbooks with
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Hyundai could run second WRC team for Mikkelsen, Breen

Breen impressed the team with his first WRC outing of 2019 in Finland, where he was sixth until he ceded the spot for his teammate Thierry Neuville's title hopes. Mikkelsen finished fourth in the championship for the squad, despite missing a number of events as part of Hyundai's driver rotation. Both drivers helped the team to its first WRC manufacturers' title in 2019, but the three-car team of Ott Tanak,
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Ogier has no interest in reasons for Tanak’s Toyota exit

The Frenchman admits the new world champion's decision to leave Toyota was a surprise, but he's focusing his energies on working alongside his childhood hero Makinen. Motorsport.com revealed Tanak would leave Toyota bound for Hyundai in October after the Estonian was unable to agree terms to extend his two-year stay in a Yaris WRC. Asked how he intended to survive his season with Toyota, Ogier told Motorsport.com: "I'm not sure
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Toyota named Rally Car of the Year

The Tommi Makinen-led Toyota Gazoo Racing project entered the third year of the marque’s return to the World Rally Championship in 2019 but proved to be the benchmark in the world’s top rally series in the hands of Estonian star Tanak. Tanak, who has won the Rally Driver of the Year award tonight, guided the Yaris to six wins from the 13 rallies run this season, beating Hyundai-backed Thierry Neuville
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Tanak named Rally Driver of the Year

Tanak took his first WRC title in 2019 - before then making a shock switch to Hyundai for his title defence next year - managing the impressive feat of preventing Sebastien Ogier from taking seven crowns in a row. Winning the Rally Driver of the Year award means Tanak also ends Ogier's dominance of the award, the Frenchman having won the last six. The Toyota driver won six of the 12
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Tanak has “no doubts” after first Hyundai test

Tanak made a shock switch to Hyundai on a two-year deal after wrapping up this year's WRC crown for Toyota, and had his first taste of the car in which he'll attempt to defend his title on Thursday in the French Alps. The Estonian, who joins Thierry Neuville, Sebastien Loeb and Dani Sordo at Hyundai for 2020, says he is already convinced that he'll be in a position to fight
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Alonso hits back at “self-centred” suggestions

Ferrari endured a run of headaches in 2019, with Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc clashing over slipstream assistance at Monza, team orders in Singapore and Russia, and then crashing into each other in Brazil. Speaking ahead of the FIA Prize Gala in Paris, Alonso laughed off a suggestion that he had a reputation for being ‘self-centered’ “I think the reputation is always one thing and the facts are different,” said