The frail M-Sport Ford World Rally Team driver Esapekka Lappi will be returning to the head stage class of WRC for Rally Finland next weekend in a fifth Toyota Yaris WRC rented by his crew RTE-Motorsport in hopes to fetch promising results.
Lappi has easiest competed in two rounds of WRC2 to this level this season after stepping out from WRC come on the conclude of closing season, and won each of the rounds, first the Finnish winter spherical of Arctic Lapland Rally in February and later Rally de Portugal in Can even.
Now he’ll be help in a Toyota Yaris WRC and would possibly possibly per chance well additionally be scurry by his deepest crew nonetheless with make stronger by Toyota personnel, in a car that he won the Finnish gravel broad prix because it used to be nicknamed help in 2017.
“The automobile feels truly advantageous. There bear been some changes, nonetheless in general it is miles the identical car which I drove – so I used to be in a residence to feel happy in it.” Lappi said after his first tests with the car.
“The tempo is improbable even though. It used to be so quick. The tempo you would possibly possibly per chance well well presumably additionally steal during the corners is extraordinary and right here’s what takes the time – to fetch that self belief. The tempo used to be real from the test boulevard, nonetheless that’s now now not the identical as the predominant stage. That is the trick, to steal the boldness and the flee from the test to the stage.”
“We changed one among the roads in the test and as soon as I went to the original boulevard, I could possibly per chance well well feel I used to be hesitating – right here’s what tells me it’s now now not that you would possibly possibly per chance well well presumably additionally agree with to amass this week. Whereas you would possibly possibly per chance well well presumably be hesitating, you won’t dangle this rally. It’s now now not perfect to evaluate I’m in a position to come help after being a ways from the [World Rally] car for 10 months and combat to amass in a rally relish this one.”
It is tipped that Lappi will be making a inform-time return to Toyota Gazoo Racing and would possibly possibly per chance well additionally be sharing the third or fourth car with every other person.
Rally Finland which is celebrating its 70th anniversary this season is being held later this season as a result of the lockdowns on 1-3 October.