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Takamoto Katsuta

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Nationality:  JPN
Date of Birth: 17.03.1993
Age: 24

Season 2017

Classification: WRC2
Car No: 43
Car: Ford Fiesta R5
Team: Tommi Mäkinen Racing
Co-driver: Marko Salminen
Points: 17
Standing: 21
Rally Wins: 0
Retirements: 0
Podiums: 0

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Katsuta began his motorsport career in karts. He made his debut aged 12 and was crowned Formula Challenge Japan (FCJ) champion at the age of 18.

He progressed to Japanese Formula 3 and secured second place in the series at the age of 20. It was during the 2014 Formula 3 season that he branched out into rallying, adding a campaign in the All Japan Rally Championship to his calendar and taking his first victory in the JN class.

His talent was noticed by Toyota, who in 2015 selected him to be part of its Toyota Gazoo Racing Challenge Program for young drivers. Based in Europe, and training under the watchful eye of Tommi Makinen, Katsuta's development programme included a variety of rallies in Finland and Europe.

He made his WRC debut in the WRC 2 class of Neste Rally Finland in 2016 and returns for an expanded programme of WRC rallies in 2017.

He progressed to Japanese Formula 3 and secured second place in the series at the age of 20. It was during the 2014 Formula 3 season that he branched out into rallying, adding a campaign in the All Japan Rally Championship to his calendar and taking his first victory in the JN class.

His talent was noticed by Toyota, who in 2015 selected him to be part of its Toyota Gazoo Racing Challenge Program for young drivers. Based in Europe, and training under the watchful eye of Tommi Makinen, Katsuta's development programme included a variety of rallies in Finland and Europe.

He made his WRC debut in the WRC 2 class of Neste Rally Finland in 2016 and returns for an expanded programme of WRC rallies in 2017.

Rally Classification Co-driver Rank Points
Rally Sweden WRC2 Marko Salminen 22. 2
Vodafone Rally de Portugal WRC2 Marko Salminen 36. 0
Rally Italia Sardegna WRC2 Marko Salminen 13. 15
Neste Rally Finland WRC2 Marko Salminen 49. 0

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