The head of Toyota WRC Tommi Makinen has entrusted Esapekka Lappi permanent place in the team until the end of season 2017.
Lappi made his debut for the Japanese team at Rally Portugal, where he finished tenth, in the Rally of Sardinia Esapekka became the fourth.
Moreover, Finn can finish the race in Italy, on the podium, if the first day of competitions on his Yaris not having problems with the transmission.
“I’m surprised how quickly you are able to go Esapekka – quoted Makinen AUTOSPORT.com. Usually the pilot needs a year to figure out the factory car, but he jumped in the car and immediately felt comfortable in it.
He has huge potential. Soon we can see it already on the podium. Now he will be in the car at all stages – he will take part in all the competitions until the end of the season.”
Lappi said: “I understand how the machine works slow on pavement, but now I need to adapt to the high speeds.
Rally Finland – the home stage for me, but it is unlikely I will be able to win here. Actually, I was surprised at the result that I was able to show in Italy. It is the fruit of good work with the race notes. Also in this case important motivation.”
We will remind that the next two stages of the WRC will take place in Poland (June 30 – July 2) and Finland (28-30 July).
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