The manufacturing unit Toyota duo have been entered into the snow rally to collect helpful 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 12 months.
Reigning WRC champions Rovanpera and co-driver Jonne Halttunen, who will kick-off their WRC partial season in Sweden, led the rally by way of 11 of the 12 phases earlier than a technical subject 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 instances earlier than his rally ended on the ultimate stage, handing Evans the victory.
“The entire day has been good and at last in the present day we discovered the final tweaks within the automotive and the automotive felt quick on a regular basis,” mentioned 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 a number of kilometres from the top so sadly we couldn’t end on prime, however we loved it and obtained a very powerful factor which was the kilometres.
“We obtained the automotive and the arrange extra clear, so I believe the testing was vital and hopefully we are able to have a significantly better feeling earlier than Sweden.”
Rovanpera was one stage away from profitable
Picture 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 believe it was actually helpful to come back and do the rally, after all 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 vital,” mentioned Evans.
“It’s not a secret that we anticipated to have some work forward of us to get the automotive within the window we wished, and for certain we made some steps, however I nonetheless have a number of left to really feel absolutely snug in equity. Let’s see what we are able to discover.”
Toyota’s WRC workforce principal Jari-Matti Latvala additionally competed within the rally, ending twentieth total 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 residence in ninth and tenth total.