TEAM & DRIVER

WRC 2022 TEAM & DRIVER

DRIVER

  • Elfyn Evans

    Elfyn Evans

    Driver
    Born— December 28, 1988 Nationality— UK (Wales)

    Elfyn Evans is a British rally driver. Son of the former British Rally Championship champion Gwyndaf Evans, Elfyn Evans made his rally debut in 2006 in a Nissan Micra. He appeared in a WRC rally for the first time at the Wales Rally GB in 2007. In 2010, Evans won the British Junior Rally Championship, and secured four victories out of six rallies in the 2012 WRC Academy (now the Junior WRC) as he claimed the series title. He joined M-Sport Ford in 2013, and made a one-off appearance at Rally Italia Sardegna, where he finished sixth overall. The same year, Evans also participated in WRC2 in the Ford Fiesta R5, winning Wales Rally GB, his home event. In 2016, Evans secured three rally victories on his way to second in the WRC2 Driver's Championship. He has participated in the WRC since 2017, a year in which he won the Wales Rally GB and also finished second overall in two further rallies. A series of dependable performances saw Evans finish fifth in the Driver's Championship. In 2019, he held the lead until the final stage at the Tour de Corse, proving his talent as an all-rounder and demonstrating he has the ability to win even on tarmac.
    Evans has been a member of TOYOTA GAZOO Racing WRT since 2020. He won victories at Rally Sweden and Rally Turkey, and finished second overall in the Drivers' Championship. In 2021 he also won twice - at Rally Portugal and Rally Finland - and finished second in the Drivers' Championship.

    【CAREER HIGHLIGHTS】

    • 2021
      Second in WRC for drivers
    • 2020
      Second in WRC for drivers
    • 2017
      First WRC win (Britain)
    • 2016
      British Rally Champion
    • 2012
      WRC Academy Champion
    • 2010
      British Junior Rally Champion
    • 2008
      British and Irish Fiesta Trophy Champion
    CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
  • Scott Martin

    Scott Martin

    Co-Driver
    Born— November 6, 1982 Nationality— UK

    Scott Martin is a British rally co-driver. He works together with Elfyn Evans. Martin made his rally debut in 2001, and was active largely on the domestic U.K. rally scene. In 2004, he made his first WRC appearance at Wales Rally GB, as co-driver to Matthew Wilson, the son of M-Sport founder Malcolm Wilson. Martin began competing in the WRC more seriously from 2006 onward, gaining experience in Group N cars. In 2008, Martin participated fully in the WRC alongside Wilson in a Ford World Rally Car. Since then, he has worked as co-driver to Khalid Al-Qassimi and Craig Breen, and secured two podium finishes in a Citroën World Rally Car. In 2019, Evans returned to his former team, M-Sport Ford, and formed a new pairing with Evans. The two finished third overall at Rally Mexico and Tour de Corse. Despite sitting out three rounds due to an injury to Evans, Martin finished fifth overall in the Co-driver's Championship.
    In 2020, Martin joined TOYOTA GAZOO Racing WRT along with Evans. Together they secured two victories, and Martin achieved his best-ever finish in the Co-drivers' Championship with second overall. In 2021 the pair also won two rallies, in Portugal and Finland, and Martin was again second in the Co-drivers' Championship.

    【CAREER HIGHLIGHTS】

    • 2021
      Second in WRC for co-drivers
    • 2020
      Second in WRC for co-drivers
    • 2019
      Fifth in WRC for co-drivers
    • 2016
      First WRC podium - Rally Finland overall third
    • 2014
      Third in European Rally Championship
    • 2007
      Fiesta Sporting Trophy International series champion
    CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
  • Kalle Rovanperä

    Kalle Rovanperä

    Driver
    Born— October 1, 2000 Nationality— Finland

    Kalle Rovanperä is a Finnish rally driver. He is the son of Harri Rovanperä, who won the WRC Rally Sweden in 2001 and was a works driver for Peugeot and Mitsubishi. Even before he acquired his driver's license, Rovanperä honed his driving skills by driving in practice areas that had been closed due to ice, and he had mastered drifting techniques by the age of eight. Rovanperä started his rally career when he was 12, participating in rally sprints in Latvia. In Latvia, a driver's license is not required to take part in rallying, and Rovanperä took part in many events, with his co-driver taking the wheel on public roads. He won the Latvian R2 class in 2015, before securing the championship in the Open Class two years in a row. In 2016, Rovanperä expanded his sphere of activities outside Latvia, and made his WRC2 debut at the 2017 Wales Rally GB. He took his maiden WRC2 victory at Rally Australia later the same season. In 2018, he was selected as a works driver for the Škoda Motorsport team, and secured two victories on his way to third overall in the WRC2 Driver's Championship. In 2019, he participated in WRC2 Pro, the highest category for R5 rally cars; behind the wheel of a Škoda Fabia R5, Rovanperä won five rallies and clinched the Driver's Championship.
    Rovanperä joined TOYOTA GAZOO Racing WRT for the 2020 season. Despite it being his first full season in a World Rally Car, the Finn stood on the podium with third place at the second event of the season, Rally Sweden. In 2021 he became the youngest ever driver to win a WRC round when he triumphed on Rally Estonia, before also claiming victory on the Acropolis Rally in Greece.

    【CAREER HIGHLIGHTS】

    • 2021
      Fourth in WRC for drivers
    • 2020
      Fifth in WRC for drivers
    • 2019
      WRC 2 Pro champion, five wins
    • 2018
      Third in WRC 2, two wins
    • 2017
      First WRC 2 win (Australia)
    • 2017
      Latvian Rally Champion
      First WRC 2 win (Australia)
    • 2016
      Latvian Rally Champion
    CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
  • Jonne Halttunen

    Jonne Halttunen

    Co-Driver
    Born— December 13, 1985 Nationality— Finland

    Jonne Halttunen is a Finnish rally co-driver. He works together with Kalle Rovanperä. He made his first appearance as a co-driver in 2009, in a domestic Finnish rally. In 2011, he began to participate in more events, appearing in rallies in both Finland and Estonia, before expanding his sphere of activities to include the whole of Europe. Halttunen made his WRC debut at the 2011 Rally Finland, and took part in Rally Finland every year alongside drivers such as Matias Kauppinen and Teemu Asunmaa. In 2017, Halttunen teamed up with Rovanperä for the first time, taking part in WRC2 at Wales Rally GB and Rally Australia in a Ford Fiesta R5. In 2018, he participated in the entire WRC2 series together with Rovanperä, securing two wins in the Škoda Fabia R5 and placing third overall in the Co-driver's Championship. In 2019, Halttunen recorded 10 podium finishes, including five victories, as he won the Co-driver's Championship. Halttunen joined TOYOTA GAZOO Racing WRT for the 2020 season alongside Rovanperä, finishing fifth overall in the Co-drivers' Championship. In 2021 they claimed their first two WRC victories on Rally Estonia and Acropolis Rally Greece, and Halttunen finished fourth in the Co-drivers' Championship.

    【CAREER HIGHLIGHTS】

    • 2021
      Fourth in WRC for co-drivers
    • 2020
      Fifth in WRC for co-drivers
    • 2019
      WRC 2 Pro champion, five wins
    • 2018
      Third in WRC 2, two wins
    • 2017
      Finnish Rally Championship SM1 class champion
      First WRC 2 win (Australia)
    • 2017
      Finnish Rally Championship SM1 class champion
    • 2016
      Finnish Rally Championship SM2 class champion
    CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
  • Sébastien Ogier

    Sébastien Ogier

    Driver
    Born— December 17, 1983 Nationality— France

    Sébastien Ogier is a French rally driver. He began his rally career in 2005, when he was selected to take part in the FFSA Rallye Jeunes, a talent-spotting event organized by the French Federation of Automobile Sport. In 2007, he won the Peugeot 206 Cup, then went on to secure the Junior World Rally Championship in 2008. Impressed by his performances, Citroën provided Ogier with the opportunity to compete in the final rally of the 2008 season, Wales Rally GB. Despite this being his first appearance in a World Rally Car, Ogier recorded the fastest time in SS1 and held the rally lead until SS5. In 2009, he became a member of the Citroën Junior Team, where he won his first WRC event at the 2010 Rally de Portugal. The following year, Ogier clinched five rally victories on his way to third place in the Driver's Championship. In 2013, he joined Volkswagen Motorsport and won four consecutive driver's championships between 2013 and 2016. He moved to M-Sport Ford in 2017, where he added a further two championships; this meant he had won an incredible six WRC Driver's Championships in a row. Ogier returned to Citroën in 2019, before moving to the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing WRT for 2020. He won two rallies for his new team and secured his seventh drivers' championship in the process. Ogier extended his full-time WRC career by one more season as he stayed with the team for 2021, and he began the season by claiming his 50th WRC victory on Rallye Monte-Carlo. Four further wins followed as he clinched his eighth drivers' championship. He will continue to participate in selected rounds in 2022, sharing a car with Esapekka Lappi.

    【CAREER HIGHLIGHTS】

    • 2021
      Eighth drivers' championship victory
    • 2020
      Seventh drivers' championship victory
    • 2013-18
      Six consecutive WRC titles
    • 2010
      First WRC wins (Portugal and Japan)
    • 2008
      Junior WRC Champion
    • 2007
      French 206 Cup Champion
    CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
  • Benjamin Veillas

    Benjamin Veillas

    Co-Driver
    Born— February 26, 1978 Nationality— France

    Benjamin Veillas is a French rally co-driver. He works together with Sébastien Ogier. He began co-driving in 1997 and was mostly active in the French domestic scene. In 2010 he finished third on Rallye Monte-Carlo alongside Nicolas Vouilloz, when the event was a round of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge. At the end of 2014 he teamed up with up-and-coming French driver Eric Camilli, and in 2015 they competed in WRC2, finishing second in the class on Rallye Deutschland and on Rally GB. Camilli was then promoted to the M-Sport World Rally Team for 2016, resuming his relationship with Veillas from round three onwards, and together they finished fifth overall on Rally Portugal. For 2017 they returned to WRC2, taking class victory on Rallye Deutschland, and Veillas finished second in the Co-drivers’ Championship. At M-Sport, Veillas also began working with Ogier during tests, and served as a member of Ogier’s gravel crew during his 2020 and 2021 championship-winning seasons with TOYOTA GAZOO Racing WRT. In 2022, following the retirement of Julien Ingrassia, Veillas will serve as Ogier’s co-driver as they contest selected rounds of the WRC.

    【CAREER HIGHLIGHTS】

    • 2019
      WRC 2 victory, Rally Spain
    • 2017
      WRC 2 runner-up, one win
    • 2016
      Fifth place, Rally Portugal
    • 2015
      Sixth in WRC 2
    • 2010
      Third place, Rallye Monte-Carlo
    • 1999
      First WRC rally
    CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
  • Esapekka Lappi

    Esapekka Lappi

    Driver
    Born— January 17, 1991 Nationality— Finland

    Esapekka Lappi is a Finnish rally driver. As a teenager he was a national karting champion, before he switched to rallying and made his WRC debut at Rally Finland in 2011. In 2012 he won the Finnish Rally Championship with seven wins from seven rallies. After signing with Škoda he was second in the Asia-Pacific Rally Championship in 2013, then became European Rally Champion in 2014. He moved on to WRC2 and came third in the championship in 2015 before claiming the championship in 2016. In 2017 he joined TOYOTA GAZOO Racing WRT and made his World Rally Car debut on Rally Portugal before claiming his maiden victory in just his fourth event; Rally Finland. He went on to finish third in Sardinia, Germany and Britain in 2018. In 2019 and 2020, Lappi competed for other teams. He started 2021 with WRC2 wins in Arctic Rally Finland and Rally de Portugal before returning to a Toyota Yaris WRC as a privateer for Rally Finland and finishing fourth overall. In 2022 he rejoins TOYOTA GAZOO Racing WRT, sharing a car with Sébastien Ogier.

    【CAREER HIGHLIGHTS】

    • 2018
      Rally Italia, Rallye Deutschland 3rd in WRC
    • 2017
      First WRC victory – Rally Finland
    • 2016
      WRC 2 World Champion
    • 2014
      European Rally Champion
    • 2013
      First WRC 2 victory – Rally Portugal
    • 2011
      First WRC rally
    • 2009
      First rally
    • 2008
      Rallysprint (won all races)
    • 2007
      Karting Finnish Champion
    CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
  • Janne Ferm

    Janne Ferm

    Co-Driver
    Born— August 29, 1980 Nationality— Finland

    Janne Ferm is a Finnish rally co-driver. He began rallying in 2005 and competed in the Finnish Rally Championship alongside Andreas Amberg in 2009 before linking up with Esapekka Lappi in 2010. His WRC debut came alongside Lappi at Rally Finland in 2011, and in 2012 the pair won the Finnish Rally Championship. Ferm joined Lappi in signing with Škoda Motorsport, and in 2014 he became European champion before claiming the WRC2 title in 2016. He graduated with Lappi to TOYOTA GAZOO Racing WRT in 2017 and celebrated victory on their home event, Rally Finland. In 2018 they claimed podiums together in Sardinia, Germany and Britain before moving on to other teams for 2019 and 2020. After finishing fourth on Rally Finland 2021 in a privately-entered Toyota Yaris WRC, Ferm remains by Lappi’s side as they return to the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing WRT line-up for a partial schedule of rallies in 2022.

    【CAREER HIGHLIGHTS】

    • 2018
      Rally Italia, Rallye Deutschland 3rd in WRC
    • 2017
      First WRC victory – Rally Finland
    • 2016
      WRC 2 World Champion
    • 2014
      European Rally Champion
    • 2013
      First WRC 2 victory – Rally Portugal
    • 2011
      First WRC rally
    • 2007
      First rally
    CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

TEAM

  • Team Chairman Akio Toyoda
    Team ChairmanAkio Toyoda
  • Team Principal Jari-Matti Latvala
    Team PrincipalJari-Matti Latvala
  • Project Director Yuichiro Haruna
    Project DirectorYuichiro Haruna
  • Sporting Director Kaj Lindström
    Sporting DirectorKaj Lindström
  • Technical Director Tom Fowler
    Technical DirectorTom Fowler