A few words from Akio Toyoda (Team Founder)
“This weekend, I would like to congratulate Kalle Rovanperä for three things. Firstly, congratulations on the 22nd birthday! Secondly, congratulations on the victory at Rally New Zealand! And thirdly, congratulations on becoming drivers’ champion for 2022! With two events still remaining, it is overwhelming to win the World Rally Championship with six victories out of 11 events so far.
A journalist asked me the other day why Kalle is this strong, and my prompt answer was “because he loves donuts”. I think those words came out because I remember very well that Kalle did donuts during one of the Power Stages before, and I believe he is strong because he always enjoys driving. I really thank him for driving and enjoying the GR YARIS Rally1 HYBRID and becoming world champion. I hope we can have a place to celebrate somewhere and enjoy donuts together.
I also very much appreciate Jonne, who has been fighting together with Kalle. Congratulations on becoming co-drivers’ champion! I learned in Belgium that he was not only supporting Kalle but supporting the whole team by bringing a good mood. I’m sure he will continue offering big support to win the manufacturers’ title.
I think Seb’s result was also down to the fact that he enjoyed our GR YARIS again after a while away. I want to thank Seb for driving for the team and bringing important points towards the manufacturers’ title. Elfyn and Taka were unfortunate but they also did their best for the team and we can try again in Spain and Japan.
The drivers were able to push and gave everything because the whole team moved in the same direction after the disappointment of the previous event in Greece. Members of Toyota New Zealand also gave us strong support to boost the event’s return for the first time in 10 years. I would like to thank everyone who contributed so much to this victory and this great weekend.
I believe that the entire team, together with Jari-Matti, will continue working hard so that our four cars and four crews are able to drive comfortably on any roads.”
Provisional Final Classification, Rally New Zealand
- Kalle Rovanperä/Jonne Halttunen (Toyota GR YARIS Rally1 HYBRID) 2h48m01.4s
- Sébastien Ogier/Benjamin Veillas (Toyota GR YARIS Rally1 HYBRID) +34.6s
- Ott Tänak/Martin Järveoja (Hyundai i20 N Rally1 HYBRID) +48.5s
- Thierry Neuville/Martijn Wydaeghe (Hyundai i20 N Rally1 HYBRID) +1m58.8s
- Oliver Solberg/Elliott Edmondson (Hyundai i20 N Rally1 HYBRID) +3m55.3s
- Hayden Paddon/John Kennard (Hyundai i20 N Rally2) +10m03.7s
- Lorenzo Bertelli/Lorenzo Granai (Ford Puma Rally1 HYBRID) +10m39.0s
- Kajetan Kajetanowicz/Maciej Szczepaniak (Škoda Fabia Rally2 evo) +12m36.8s
- Shane van Gisbergen/Glen Weston (Škoda Fabia Rally2 evo) +13m28.8s
- Harry Bates/John McCarthy (Škoda Fabia Rally2 evo) +16m51.6s
Retired Elfyn Evans/Scott Martin (Toyota GR YARIS Rally1 HYBRID)
Drivers’ World Rally Champions with Toyota:
1990: Carlos Sainz (Toyota Celica GT-Four ST165)
1992: Carlos Sainz (Toyota Celica Turbo 4WD ST185)
1993: Juha Kankkunen (Toyota Celica Turbo 4WD ST185)
1994: Didier Auriol (Toyota Celica Turbo 4WD ST185)
2019: Ott Tänak (Toyota Yaris WRC)
2020: Sébastien Ogier (Toyota Yaris WRC)
2021: Sébastien Ogier (Toyota Yaris WRC)
2022: Kalle Rovanperä* (Toyota GR YARIS Rally1 HYBRID)
* Subject to the official publication of the results by the FIA
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