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TGR starts WRC 2023 season with one-two finish

Ogier claims ninth Monte win in TOYOTA GAZOO Racing one-two
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team started the 2023 FIA World Rally Championship with a one-two finish on Rallye Monte-Carlo as Sébastien Ogier claimed a record ninth victory on the legendary event ahead of team-mate Kalle Rovanperä.

GR YARIS Rally1 HYBRID impresses

Mostly dry weather made this year’s rally more a test of outright performance than usual, and Ogier set the pace from the start with five straight stage wins.

The GR YARIS Rally1 HYBRID was fastest in the first 11 stages of the season, its streak only ended on Saturday afternoon – by which point Ogier was focused on managing his lead. He carried an advantage of 16 seconds over Rovanperä into the final day, when he proceeded to claim his eighth and ninth stage wins of the weekend and finished up with a winning margin of 18.8s. 

First win for co-driver Landais

Ogier’s 56th WRC win is also the first for his co-driver Vincent Landais, in only the second event since he began working with the up-and-coming French navigator at the end of last season.

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team (TGR-WRT) has set its sights on a third successive WRC triple crown following a successful season in 2022 when they secured the triple crown.

The team continues to improve the car. For 2023, it has new rear fender bodywork featuring a revised cooling inlet for the car’s hybrid system, together with a new specification of engine with a higher output. 

Going for W2RC victory also in 2023

Rallye Monte-Carlo is the oldest and most famous event on the WRC calendar, and often also one of the most demanding. Changeable weather conditions can mean drivers sometimes face dry asphalt and snow and ice in the same stage. As a result, tyre choice is crucial.

Second rally of WRC’s 2023 season is Rally Sweden, taking place second weekend in February.  

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