Top Page | English | 简体中文 | 繁體中文 | 한국어 | 日本語
Tuesday, 18 October 2016, 16:10 HKT/SGT
Share:
    

Source: Toyota
Juho Hanninen Named as TOYOTA GAZOO Racing WRC Driver in 2017!

Toyota City, Japan, Oct 18, 2016 - (JCN Newswire) - TOYOTA GAZOO Racing is delighted to announce that Finnish driver Juho Hanninen and his co-driver Kaj Lindstrom will compete in the 2017 FIA World Rally Championship.

Led by four-time World Rally Champion Tommi Makinen, the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing WRC team has been working around the clock and racking up the miles in the Yaris WRC since the beginning of the year. Involved in the intense development program as the official test driver, Juho Hanninen has a good understanding of TOYOTA GAZOO Racing's goal-making ever-better cars-and was the obvious choice to work with during the Japanese brand's first season competing in the FIA World Rally Championship. He has signed a one-year contract, with an option to extend beyond 2017.

After winning the Intercontinental Rally Challenge championship in 2010, Juho built on his success by claiming the FIA S-WRC title in 2011 and then becoming European Rally Champion the year after. He took part in the top category on various occasions in 2013 and 2014, delivering impressive performances at events such as Rally Sweden, Rally Poland and Rally Finland. He will be completing a full programme with the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing WRC team in 2017, alongside co-driver Kaj Lindstrom.

"This really feels like a dream come true!" noted the Finnish driver. "Joining a works team with such potential for a full season is a real opportunity for me. We have been working together since the car's first outing, so that makes it all the more exciting and motivating. The Yaris WRC is incredible. I can't wait to get started at the Rallye Monte-Carlo!"

Tommi Makinen, TOYOTA GAZOO Racing WRC Team Principal, was pleased with the choice of Juho, reiterating that the 2017 season would be first and foremost a learning experience for the entire team. "When he joined the team, Juho was incredibly motivated and involved," said Makinen. "He also understood very clearly that we didn't want to cut any corners and that the 2017 season would be about coming to grips with the championship and learning. He has quite a lot of experience in World Rally Championship, and I'm sure that because he has developed the Yaris WRC from the beginning, he knows the car best. Therefore, it seems to be the perfect combination to me. I know that everyone in the team will do their very best to ensure that all the energy and hard work spent on this project over the last few months bring us success."

Koei Saga, chief officer and technical director of TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Factory, and also TOYOTA GAZOO Racing WRC Team Vice-Principal, made the following comment: "I am delighted that Juho will be part of the team for the 2017 season. Juho has been involved in the development of the Yaris WRC since the start of the project. We are looking forward to working together with him as we target a podium finish at the earliest possible opportunity and continue to strive to make ever-better cars."

Website: http://toyotagazooracing.com/release/2016/wrc/1018-01.html


About Toyota

Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) is the global mobility company that introduced the Prius hybrid-electric car in 1997 and the first mass-produced fuel cell sedan, Mirai, in 2014. Headquartered in Toyota City, Japan, Toyota has been making cars since 1937. Today, Toyota proudly employs 370,000 employees in communities around the world. Together, they build around 10 million vehicles per year in 29 countries, from mainstream cars and premium vehicles to mini-vehicles and commercial trucks, and sell them in more than 170 countries under the brands Toyota, Lexus, Daihatsu and Hino. For more information, please visit www.toyota-global.com.

Contact:
Toyota Motor Corporation
Public Affairs Division
Global Communications Department
Tel: +81-3-3817-9926



Oct 18, 2016 16:10 HKT/SGT
Source: Toyota

Topic: Press release summary
Sectors: Automotive
http://www.acnnewswire.com
From the Asia Corporate News Network


Copyright © 2018 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved. A division of Asia Corporate News Network.


Multimedia
Kaj Lindstrom and Juho Hanninen
View Image
 
Toyota Links

http://www.toyota-global.com

https://www.facebook.com/ToyotaMotorCorporation/

https://twitter.com/TOYOTA_PR/

https://www.youtube.com/user/toyotajpchannel/

Toyota
Apr 24, 2018 12:56 HKT/SGT
KDDI, OYO and Toyota Agree to Cooperate on Gathering Data to Realize Disaster Prevention and Mitigation through the IoT
Apr 9, 2018 08:33 HKT/SGT
Toyota's Rally France (Tour de Corse): Day 3
Apr 6, 2018 13:06 HKT/SGT
Toyota Environmental Activities Grant Program Accepting 2018 Applications
Apr 5, 2018 22:23 HKT/SGT
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Ready for New Challenge
Apr 3, 2018 13:01 HKT/SGT
Toyota and Park24 to Sign Agreement on Car Sharing Service Trial in Central Tokyo
Apr 2, 2018 15:28 HKT/SGT
Toyota to Merge Tokyo Sales Companies to Form New Company in April 2019
Mar 29, 2018 15:00 HKT/SGT
Toyota and Suzuki Reach Basic Agreement toward Mutual Supply of Hybrid and Other Vehicles in India
Mar 29, 2018 14:20 HKT/SGT
Toyota Announces Results for February 2018
Mar 23, 2018 13:09 HKT/SGT
Hatch is Back! All-New 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback Wows at the 2018 New York International Auto Show
Mar 22, 2018 13:07 HKT/SGT
Toyota Introduces Premium Class in Car Rental Line of Business
More news >>
 News Alerts
Copyright © 2018 ACN Newswire - Asia Corporate News Network
Home | About us | Services | Partners | Events | Login | Contact us | Privacy Policy | Terms of Use | RSS
US: +1 800 291 0906 | Beijing: +86 10 8405 3688 | Hong Kong: +852 2217 2912 | Singapore: +65 6304 8926 | Tokyo: +81 3 6721 7212

Connect With us: