The Toyota Gazoo Racing team principal headed Takamoto Katsuta’s father, Norihiko, home for a Yaris one-two on the Obihiro-based gravel rally.
Latvala was co-driven by Toyota’s test driver Juho Hänninen and used his countryman’s set-up for the car. He said: “We took the base set-up Juho used in Sardinia at the test. I had some understeer on the first day, but we changed the front diff to make the car more accurate for my driving style and then it was just damper clicks. We were able to concentrate on the functionality of driving the car through the stages.
“On the rally, there was some Tarmac, some technical gravel roads and some faster places and I felt very comfortable in the car. This is something that’s so important for the customers for this car – it’s easy to feel comfortable, confident and quick.