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Esapekka Lappi

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Nationality:  FIN
Date of Birth: 17.01.1991
Age: 26
Rally Wins: 1
Website: www.esapekkalappi.fi

Season 2017

Classification: WRC
Car No: 12
Car: Toyota Yaris WRC
Team: TOYOTA Gazoo Racing WRT
Co-driver: Janne Ferm
Points: 62
Standing: 11
Rally Wins: 1
Retirements: 0
Podiums: 1

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A lack of funding dashed Esapekka Lappi’s hopes of a career in circuit racing and at the age of 20 he switched his focus to rallying, rapidly making his mark by being named Rookie of the Year in Finland in 2010.

His big breakthrough came in 2012 when he won all seven rounds of the Finnish Championship to lift the national title. He was signed by Skoda Motorsport the same year and won his debut event in the FIA European Rally Championship (ERC) in Poland.

In 2013 Lappi finished runner-up in the FIA Asia-Pacific series after three victories, and made his mark in the WRC by winning WRC 2 in Portugal. A full ERC campaign followed in 2014 with Skoda and the Finn won in Latvia, Ireland and Switzerland to lift the title in a Fabia S2000.

WRC 2 was the focus in 2015 and Lappi's season began in Portugal with the all-new Fabia R5. Second place there and wins in Poland and Finland put him on course for the title before misfortunes in Germany and Spain dashed his hopes.

He ended the season fourth and is back with Skoda again in 2016.

His big breakthrough came in 2012 when he won all seven rounds of the Finnish Championship to lift the national title. He was signed by Skoda Motorsport the same year and won his debut event in the FIA European Rally Championship (ERC) in Poland.

In 2013 Lappi finished runner-up in the FIA Asia-Pacific series after three victories, and made his mark in the WRC by winning WRC 2 in Portugal. A full ERC campaign followed in 2014 with Skoda and the Finn won in Latvia, Ireland and Switzerland to lift the title in a Fabia S2000.

WRC 2 was the focus in 2015 and Lappi's season began in Portugal with the all-new Fabia R5. Second place there and wins in Poland and Finland put him on course for the title before misfortunes in Germany and Spain dashed his hopes.

He ended the season fourth and is back with Skoda again in 2016.

Rally Classification Co-driver Rank Points
Vodafone Rally de Portugal WRC Janne Ferm 10. 1+2
Rally Italia Sardegna WRC Janne Ferm 4. 12+5
ORLEN 74th Rally Poland WRC Janne Ferm 41. 0
Neste Rally Finland WRC Janne Ferm 1. 25
ADAC Rallye Deutschland WRC Janne Ferm 21. 0+4
RallyRACC Catalunya - Rally de España WRC Janne Ferm 56. 0
Dayinsure Wales Rally GB WRC Janne Ferm 9. 2
Kennards Hire Rally Australia WRC Janne Ferm 6. 8+3

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