Test spy: Toyota Gazoo

As we build up to the WRC's second round in Sweden [15 - 18 February], we take a look at how the surprise star of last year's event, Toyota Gazoo Racing, is preparing.

Last February, on only its second rally back after a 17-year absence from the sport, the Japanese manufacturer claimed victory courtesy of Jari-Matti Latvala and the all-new Yaris world rally car.

Fast forward 12 months and the Finnish-based team is back on snow. Latvala is back too, this time as part of a three-car squad that also features Esapekka Lappi, who scored a second victory with the Yaris in Finland last year, and the team's most recent signing, Ott Tänak.

All three drivers tested in full snow this month, in conditions that mirror those on the actual rally route today [read more here].

And we have onstage video footage too, thanks to dedicated WRC spotters The Teevoman and Videos Nettirabbi.

Here are some highlights from each driver's time behind the wheel:

Ott Tänak

Jari-Matti Latvala

Esapekka Lappi


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