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Toyota Yaris S2000: Set for action in South Africa

Toyota Motorsport has announced a formidable line-up of talent and experience to contest the 2013 South African Rally Championship.

Backed by the same sponsor with whom it has partnered for more than 30 years – together they have accumulated 10 national rally championships – the Castrol Team Toyota squad will sport new livery and a brand new rally contender.

In addition, Toyota Financial Service has joined the eminent group of sponsor partners that also includes the Imperial Toyota Group and the Innovation Group. “We’re delighted and proud to be associated with Castrol Team Toyota,” said Toyota Financial Services CEO Johan Brink. “Toyota Financial Services has been the Toyota customer preferred credit provider for more than a decade, underwriting nearly 50% of financed Toyota and Lexus dealer sales and close to 100,000 Toyota Hilux purchases since May 2000.”

The Castrol Toyota rally team has a new look about it that goes beyond the livery. While the driver/co-driver combinations remain unchanged – 2012 championship runners-up Johnny Gemmell/Carolyn Swan in car #2 and Leeroy Poulter/Elvene Coetzee in car #23 – the big news is they will be competing in a brand new car. The long-awaited successor to the Super 2000 Class Toyota Auris is the Yaris, which will make its debut in the TOTAL Rally in KwaZulu-Natal on 8 and 9 March.

It will be another first for South Africa and Toyota Motorsport, who helped pioneer the introduction of the S2000 class in South Africa in 2006 with the uniquely South African Corolla-based RunX rally car and its successor in 2008, the Auris. It will be the first Yaris to contest a national rally championship anywhere in the world and it has been designed and built in Toyota Motorsport’s Kyalami workshops.

“Currently, the Auris is 60kg over the minimum weight and this has been a major challenge for us,” said team principal Glyn Hall. “The international launch of the Yaris has changed all that. We’re in motorsport to win and this new car will give us a much better platform to work from, allowing us more scope within the rally regulations.

“It’s been a major challenge building this new rally car alongside our Dakar Rally and local motorsport commitments. The lads in the workshop have been extremely busy. We took everything we know from the Auris and designed and used all of this knowledge together with some innovative thinking to produce what I believe is a championship winner. It’s more nimble and has a much better weight distribution. We’ve gone the two-door route because of the rear design of the car, which is aesthetically more pleasing, and for practical reasons like accessibility.

“I believe this new car is exactly where Toyota wants to be,” said Hall. “It explores the limits of technology and it looks sensational. I am very excited about it and feel the same way as I did when I first saw the evolution 2013 Dakar Hilux. The whole project has been inspirational for the team.”

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Paddon takes next step into Super 2000 WRC

New Zealand’s top rally driver, Hayden Paddon has announced he will contest the FIA Super 2000 World Rally Championship in 2012 with co-driver John Kennard in a Skoda Fabia S2000 rally car with the support of new sponsors and a new Spanish team.

Having successfully won the Production World Rally Championship title in 2011 – the first driver from the Southern Hemisphere to ever do so – Paddon is forging ahead with his international competition goals by climbing to the next rung on the ladder of world rallying. The Super 2000 World Rally Championship (SWRC) is the key feeder series for the main game, the FIA World Rally Championship, and it’s an important and exciting step forward for the likeable and talented Kiwi. Continue reading Paddon takes next step into Super 2000 WRC

Ford Fiesta S2000 crews braced for Bulgarian battle

Dennis Kuipers in action in the Vodafone Rallye de Portugal - Picture by M-Sport.

Two Ford Fiesta Super 2000 crews will make their way to Bulgaria next week to contest the brand new FIA World Rally Championship round.

Despite Bulgaria not acting as an official Super 2000 World Rally Championship (S-WRC) round, Henning Solberg/Ilka Minor and Dennis Kuipers/Fred Miclotte will both tackle the event in the Ford Fiesta Super 2000 to gain more experience of the new generation rally car on the first all-tarmac round of the season. Continue reading Ford Fiesta S2000 crews braced for Bulgarian battle

Ypres organisers target 30 Super 2000 cars

A total of 30 S2000 cars are expected at Ypres Rally next month.

Organisers of the Geko Ypres Rally, round six of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge from 24-26 June, are hopeful of attracting 30 Super 2000 cars for the asphalt event.

With a little more than two weeks to go until entries close for the 46th running of the rally, event manager Alain Penasse has confirmed there are already 27 S2000 cars on the provisional list of registrations with more in the pipeline. Continue reading Ypres organisers target 30 Super 2000 cars

In the land of the Rising Sun – APRC Rakky Hokkaido Preview, with videos!

Alister McRae will be looking for victory on Rally Hokkaido.

Story: Evan Rothman
Picture: PROTON Media
One of the most popular rallies in Asia takes places this weekend. With over 50 000-strong crowds cheering on their favourite teams at the ceremonial start alone, Rally Hokkaido is a highlight on the FIA’s Asia-Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) calendar.

This the second round of the seven event series is hosted in the cities of Makubetsu and Obihiro, in Japan’s Tokachi region. Known for its extreme weather conditions (an annual temperature range of 60 decrees Celsius), and rain is expected to fall. The rally’s stages will be run in the north-west of Makubetsu, except the thrilling draw card Spectator Super Special stage in Obihiro next to the Kita Aikoku-based service park. Continue reading In the land of the Rising Sun – APRC Rakky Hokkaido Preview, with videos!