This would be the third co-driver Katsuta has labored alongside this season following a sequence of surprising occasions.
Common co-driver Daniel Barritt sustained a neck and again harm throughout July’s Rally Estonia and has been on the sidelines ever since.
Keaton Williams was then drafted in to sit down in for Barritt, competing with Katsuta for the primary time in August’s Ypres Rally, however was forced to withdraw from the Acropolis Rally due to a family emergency that required Williams to return house. His departure left Katsuta with out co-driver and unable to compete within the Greek occasion.
Williams is unable to contest subsequent week’s outing in Finland resulting from his ongoing private state of affairs and with Barritt nonetheless not able to return, Katsuta has known as up Johnston to fill the void.
The drive for Johnston comes simply days after it was confirmed he would part ways with Solberg after a three-year partnership. Johnston has already made a prime flight WRC look this season when he joined Solberg to drive in June’s Safari Rally.
“I’ll compete Rally Finland with Aaron Johnston. I’m so excited we are going to do our greatest and I need to say, due to Dan in your enormous assist behind us all the time,” mentioned Katsuta.
“Thanks very a lot Keaton Williams for the onerous work with me.
“Life may be onerous however I absolutely agree together with your choice. I hope you can be again in a rally automobile when all the things is obvious sooner or later. You’re a nice co-driver. Keep robust.”
Takamoto Katsuta, Keaton Williams, Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Toyota Yaris WRC
Picture by: McKlein / Motorsport Images
Williams added: “As a lot of , I needed to withdraw from WRC Greece for private causes.
“Sadly, the state of affairs continues to be ongoing, so for now, my rallying profession places be placed on pause.
“Thanks to everybody in your variety messages, I hope to see you on the levels quickly.”
Katsuta and new co-driver Johnston have teamed up this week for Toyota’s pre-Finland check to assemble some invaluable mileage.
Katsuta will likely be considered one of 5 Toyota Yaris WRC entries in Finland as Esapekka Lappi joins regulars Sebastien Ogier, Elfyn Evans and Kalle Rovanpera in a one-off drive.