Toyota World Rally Team confirmed that Ott Tänak will drive the Yaris WRC from Rallye Monte Carlo next year. Together with his co-driver Martin Jarveoja he will start a new chapter in his career. The 30-year-old Estonian won two rallies so far this season.
Toyota will enter its second season with three Yaris WRCs on every event, with Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila and Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm completing the driver line-up.
Kaj Lindström, currently co-driver for Juho Hänninen, is taking on a new role as sporting director for the team, starting from Rally Australia this year.
Tommi Mäkinen (Team Principal)
“We’re delighted to have secured the services of Ott, having had our eyes on him for a while. He represents the perfect blend of youth and experience, together with the right sort of mental attitude that means he will fit into our team very well. Ott has exceeded all expectations this year. So I’m sure it will be a strong partnership with both speed and consistency on all surfaces.”
“I’d also like to congratulate Kaj on his new role. One of my favourite memories of my own driving career is our win in Monte Carlo together. From this, and the experience of working with him since, I know that Kaj is the ultimate professional. And he is sure to be a strong asset as we continue our team’s development. Finally, I would like to express my thanks and appreciation for everything that Juho has done for us. He will always be a member of our family, and has played an important part in taking us to where we are today.”
Saaremaa Ralli test done ✔️ nice and muddy ? pic.twitter.com/SXDOjYBfIe
— Ott Tänak (@OttTanak) October 13, 2017