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Martin loses the notebook of notes, technology saves them

Evans-Martin, Portugal Rally 2024

Thus, as the Toyota GR Yaris Rally1 tackled curves and straights, Scott Martin read the notes from his phone screen, guiding Elfyn Evans through the challenges of the Rally Portugal course. It was a moment of pure improvisation and professionalism that underscored the strength of a united team.

Under the blazing sun against the azure sky of Portugal, engines roar and cars zoom through the winding dirt tracks. The Rally Portugal 2024 was an adrenaline-fueled spectacle, steeped in tradition, yet it stood out for a series of unique events that made it unforgettable. At the forefront was Sébastien Ogier, the legendary rally driver who had etched his name in the annals of rally history. With skill and determination, Ogier faced off against all comers, determined to climb the podium once more.

However, nothing came easy as the new hybrid technologies of the Rally1 cars continued to prove their complexity and fragility, with technical issues not uncommon. But the teams were ready to overcome obstacles, determined to push their cars beyond limits.

In this context, the crew of Elfyn Evans and Scott Martin faced an unusual challenge. During one of the special stages, Scott Martin realized too late that he had left his notebook of pace notes behind, essential for navigating the course. Panic and disorientation could have been the consequences of such a grave error, but Scott, with calm and determination, found a technological solution: he had saved a copy of the notes on his mobile phone.

Thus, as the Toyota GR Yaris Rally1 tackled curves and straights, Scott Martin read the notes from his phone screen, guiding Elfyn Evans through the challenges of the Rally Portugal course. It was a moment of pure improvisation and professionalism that underscored the strength of a united team.

The story of this unusual episode spread rapidly, so much so that even Akyo Toyoda, president of Toyota, was impressed by Martin’s brilliance. With a smile and a gesture of compassion, Toyoda sent a message of support to the crew. “Let’s be careful not to forget things! But the backup you made was fantastic,” Toyoda wrote to Martin.

And despite the error, the Evans-Martin duo received forgiveness and support not only from Toyota but from the entire rally community. Because at that moment, what truly mattered was the ability to overcome obstacles and persevere to the end. The Rally Portugal 2024 will be remembered not only for victories and challenges, nor just for Séb Ogier’s record, but also for this extraordinary tale of resilience and ingenuity.