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Esapekka Lappi

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Info

Nationality:  FIN
Date of Birth: 17.01.1991
Age: 27
Rally Wins: 1
Website: www.esapekkalappi.fi

Season 2018

Classification: WRC
Car No: 9
Car: Toyota Yaris WRC
Team: Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT
Co-driver: Janne Ferm

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Here’s what makes him special:

• About as laid back as a driver can get. He barely broke into a sweat as he drove to his first WRC victory on home soil at Neste Rally Finland in 2017.

• Known as ‘EP’ to those that know him, the Finn is a popular figure in the WRC service park. Chip away at his ice-cool exterior and there’s a great sense of humour to be found.

• Having broken into the manufacturer ranks in 2017, Lappi is the right age to enjoy a long and distinguished career at the top of the sport – results permitting.

The story so far

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 taking 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.

After romping to the WRC 2 title in 2016, Lappi was rewarded with an eight-rally programme at the wheel of a Toyota Yaris WRC in 2017. Winning in Finland was a season highlight and he’ll be looking to replicate that kind of form on a more consistent basis as he returns with the Japanese squad in 2018.

Season Classification Starts 1. 2. 3. Car Points Standing
2017 WRC 8 1 0 0 Toyota Yaris WRC 62 11.
2016 WRC 7 0 0 0 ŠKODA Fabia R5 16 12.
2016 WRC2 7 0 0 0 ŠKODA Fabia R5 132 1.
2015 WRC 7 0 0 0 ŠKODA Fabia R5 4 20.
2015 WRC2 7 0 0 0 ŠKODA Fabia R5 88 3.
2013 WRC 3 0 0 0 Skoda Fabia S2000 1 30.
2013 WRC2 2 0 0 0 Skoda Fabia S2000 25 16.
2012 S-WRC 1 0 0 0 10 12.

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