TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team confirmed today that they signed contract with Ott Tanak for next season. He will be driving with his codriver Martin Jarveoja.
Toyota represented also official crews for next season, where is missing crew Juho Hanninen – Kaj Lindstrom:
Jari-Matti Latvala – Miikka Anttila
Esapekka Lappi – Janne Ferm
Ott Tanak – Martin Jarveoja
Kaj Lindstrom is taking on a new role as sporting director for the team, starting from Rally Australia this year.
Tommi Makinen, Toyota Gazoo team principal, said: “We are delighted to have secured the services of Ott, having had our eyes on him for a while. He represents the perfect blend of youth and experience, together with the right sort of mental attitude that means he will fit into our team very well.”
Malcom Wilson, M-Sport team principal, said: “He has always been quick. From the moment he first came to my attention there was no doubting his speed, and in recent years he has developed into the full package – a rally winner and a potential championship contender.”
Ott Tanak, two times WRC winner, has still chances for World Rally Championship title for season 2017. He is 37 points behind Sebastien Ogier and one point ahead Thierry Neuville, two events before finish of season.