Meeke secures Toyota WRC deal for 2019

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Meeke will return to the WRC with Toyota subsequent season
Northern Irish star secures full-time return in Yaris WRC

Northern Irish rally star Kris Meeke will be part of the Toyota squad full-time for the World Rally Championship subsequent yr.

The profession of the 39-year-old from Dungannon has been unsure since he was dropped by Citroën earlier this yr, with the French squad releasing a rare assertion citing his “excessively excessive variety of crashes”.

However Meeke, a winner of 5 WRC occasions, has secured a prime drive with Toyota, which at the moment leads the producers’ championship. 

Meeke will drive a works Yaris WRC, alongside title contender Ott Tanak and Jari-Matti Latvala. Meeke is named one of many quickest drivers within the WRC – which has led to quite a few accidents – and can also be extremely regarded for his expertise as a take a look at and improvement driver.

“The efficiency of the Yaris WRC speaks for itself, however the workforce spirit right here is unimaginable at each stage, together with the Japanese tradition of honour and respect,” stated Meeke, who held talks with Toyota a number of years in the past earlier than signing for Citroën.

Meeke additionally famous that he claimed his first rally championship – as his brother’s co-driver on highway rallies – in a Toyota Corolla.

Toyota chairman Akio Toyota issued an announcement with a message to Meeke, saying: “I’ve nice hopes that along with your huge expertise you’ll assist make the Yaris WRC even higher. Below the management of workforce principal Tommi Makinen, we’ll make sure the Yaris WRC may be pushed with even better peace of thoughts. I belief you’ll sit up for the beginning of subsequent season with nice pleasure.”

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Rising Finnish star Esapekka Lappi, who has pushed for Toyota for the previous two seasons, will change to Citroën subsequent season. He’ll be part of five-time World Rally champion Sebastien Ogier, who will change from the Cumbrian-based M-Sport privateer Ford workforce.

Learn extra

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Behind the scenes of Toyota’s WRC return


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