22 August 2019

Toyota Signs up as a Major Sponsor of Rally Australia

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Toyota Australia has strengthened its support for local and international rally motorsport, signing up as a major sponsor of Rally Australia for the third year in a row.

Rally Australia - the final round of both the Australian Rally Championship (ARC) and World Rally Championship (WRC) - will be held on the fast-flowing gravel roads around Coffs Harbour on the northern NSW coast from November 15-17. 

The sponsorship announcement comes as the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Australia (TGRA) rally team aims to extend its success in the Eureka Rush ARC event, to be held in Ballarat, Victoria, this weekend. 

TGRA's Harry Bates and co-driver John McCarthy, campaigning a turbocharged all-wheel drive Yaris AP4 rally car, will be aiming to win their third Eureka rally in a row and cement their lead in this year's championship.

Toyota Australia Chief Marketing Officer Wayne Gabriel said Toyota was committed to supporting rally motorsport on a global and local level and its sponsorship of the iconic Rally Australia event delivered benefits for fans and customers.

"As the final round of both the ARC and WRC, Rally Australia always provides plenty of spectacular rally action for fans as teams battle it out for the fastest times across more than 300km of special stages," Mr Gabriel said.

"Last year, our world rally team won here in Australia, giving Toyota its first WRC manufacturers' title since 1999.

"We are hoping for a repeat performance this year with lead driver Ott Tänak and co-driver Martin Järveoja leading the championship.

"Locally, our factory-backed TGRA rally team is also having a great season and we are very proud of the team.

"Harry and John are leading the championship with younger brother Lewis Bates and co-driver Anthony McLaughlin in third place as they go into the fourth round at Ballarat this weekend.

"But Toyota's support for rallying is not just about winning championships. The learnings we gain from this extreme form of motorsport are continually fed back into our development of ever-better cars for customers," he said.

As official automotive sponsor of Rally Australia, Toyota Australia will supply 23 support vehicles for officials to use during the event.

After this weekend's rally in Ballarat, the ARC heads for the Adelaide Hills on September 20-22 before finishing at Rally Australia in November.

The TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team runs three Yaris WRC rally cars in the 13-round championship with the team headed by rally legend Tommi Mäkinen.

TGR goes into the 10th round in Germany on August 22-25 with Tänak and Järveoja having had four rally victories so far this season. 

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