Toyota has made an impressive comeback to the World Rally Championship. The Yaris WRC car has registered its first victory in the second round of the FIA WRC in Sweden.
The Rally Sweden victory is Toyota's first victory since 1999. Finnish driver Jari-Matti Latvala drove the Yaris WRC and won the rally in his second event with the Japanese world rally team.
Hyundai driver Thierry Neuville was the fastest driver in his i20 Coupe WRC until the penultimate day. But the Belgian driver faltered once again and was out of the rally due to broken suspension on the super special stage.
M-Sport driver Ott Tanak was really quick in his Fiesta WRC and won all the three stages of the final day. The Estonian finished the rally in the second position beating his teammate Sebastien Ogier.
M-Sport spearhead Sebastien Ogier was sweeping the loose snow on the first day of the rally due to his road position. The Frenchman was not at his best but he fought back hard on the second and third day and managed to finish in the final podium position.
Hyundai driver Dani Sordo had a good rally and finished fourth. Citroen driver Craig Breen, struggled with the new C3 WRC and was happy to finish fifth in his first outing in the modern WRC machine.
DMack driver Elfyn Evans finished fifth after suffering puncture on Friday and engine issue on the final day of the rally. Hyundai driver Hayden Paddon finished the rally in the seventh position and Citroen driver Stephane Lefebvre rounded off the top eight WRC finishers.
WRC Rally Sweden 2017 Overall Results
1. Jari-Matti Latvala (Toyota): 2h36m 03.6s
2. Ott Tanak (Ford): +29.2s
3. Sebastien Ogier (Ford): +59.5s
4. Dani Sordo (Hyundai): +2m11.5s
5. Craig Breen (Citroen): +2m51.2s
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