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Fri 05 Jan 2024

Pajari confirms WRC2 tilt in Toyota

Former FIA Junior WRC Champion Sami Pajari has confirmed he will drive a Toyota GR Yaris Rally2 in WRC2 this season.

After spending last season with Toksport, the 22-year-old Finn announced he and co-driver Enni Mälkönen will switch to Printsport Racing for 2024. The Jyväskylä-based team will run an all-new GR Yaris Rally2 for the pairing.


Pajari said: “I am grateful to all our partners for the opportunity to continue my career in this new, exciting project. Special thanks go of course to my long-term supporters, such as our headline partner CapitalBox, who all greatly believe in me. It's wonderful to see our cooperation continue.”


Pajari tested the GR Yaris Rally2 in France last year and was pleased to announce his news hot on the heels of the confirmation of the car’s homologation – which came from the Japanese manufacturer earlier this week.


Pajari added: “While Toyota has made winning cars in the past, I also believe in their vision for the future. That is why I really wanted to choose this car, especially now that I also had the unique opportunity to be among the first to drive it in a WRC event.



“Naturally it will be interesting to get to compare its performance to others in the first event. All in all, the opportunity is so wonderful that I decided to take it.”


“It’s a pretty cool thing.”


Pajari, who won his home WRC2 round in Finland last season, was quick to thank the Toksport team for a successful 2023.


Talking about the German-based squad, he said: “It was a great team, from which I received enormous support and endless valuable lessons. Toksport was a wonderful place for me to develop as a driver in every way. The performance of the car was always good and our cooperation was nothing but smooth. I want to thank the team manager Serkan Duru from the bottom of my heart for the time we have spent together.”