Ott Tanak has tested the Toyota Yaris WRC for the first time this past week, as he embarks on a fresth stage of his career with the Japanese manufacturer.
The Estonian, alongside co-driver, Martin Jarveoja, tested the car in France across two days.
In very cold conditions, and with the road covered in snow, he was unable to show the outright speed of the car.
However, as a Monte Carlo Rally test, the conditions were very representative of the rally, and will hold him in good stead come January.
He completed plenty of kilometres in the car, which has already achieved two WRC wins in its first season.
Toyota won twice in 2017, including the famous Rally Finland
Alongside the driver line-up improvement for the 2018 season, the car was also sporting the impressive new front aerodynamics.
Though it’s not the first time we’ve seen these changes, they’re now particularly noticeable.
The car looks meaner and more aggressive, something that Tommi Makinen and Toyota will be hoping transfers into more rally wins.
Though we’ll need a double take when we see Ott Tanak’s name on the side of something other than a Fiesta, there’s no doubt he’ll rapidly improve the team’s chances of the 2018 manufacturer’s title.
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