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Toyota Team gears up for the Rally of Portugal

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Joining regulars Elfyn Evans and Takamoto Katsuta will be the two stalwarts of the Japanese team, namely Sébastien Ogier and Kalle Rovanperä.

For the first time this season, the Toyota team is set to field four cars. This significant milestone will occur during the Rally of Portugal, the fifth round of the World Rally Championship.

The Stalwarts Return

Joining regulars Elfyn Evans and Takamoto Katsuta will be the two stalwarts of the Japanese team, namely Sébastien Ogier and Kalle Rovanperä.

Ogier, the Frenchman, has a storied history with the gravel roads of Portugal. His first victory came in 2010 behind the wheel of the Citroën C4 WRC, a success he repeated the following year, but this time in the Citroën DS3 WRC. Between 2013 and 2014, he achieved two more victories, this time driving the Volkswagen Polo GTi R5. His last victory dates back to 2017 when he won behind the wheel of the Ford Fiesta WRC.

Aiming for a Hat-Trick

Coming off a double victory in the last two outings in Portugal (2022 and 2023), Kalle Rovanperä is aiming for a hat-trick in 2024. This young driver has shown exceptional skill and determination, and all eyes will be on him as he seeks to make history.

Chasing the Win

Elfyn Evans, on the other hand, will be chasing his first win of the season, and his second in Portugal after triumphing on the Lusitanian roads in 2021. His experience and skill make him a strong contender in the upcoming rally.

Aiming for the Podium

Takamoto Katsuta, the other regular member of the team, will be aiming for a place on the podium. His consistent performances have shown his potential, and a podium finish in Portugal would be a significant achievement.

The entry list for the Rally of Portugal will be published on Wednesday, March 17th. As the date approaches, the anticipation builds, not just for the Toyota team but for rally fans worldwide. The Rally of Portugal promises to be an exciting event, showcasing the best of what the World Rally Championship has to offer.