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Ogier finally tests the new hybrid Toyota

Ogier finally tests the new hybrid Toyota

They had a date in November, but he had to wait until this weekend. The first meeting between Sebastien Ogier and the new Toyota hybrid had to be postponed due to an accident suffered by Elfyn Evans, and finally the eighth champion has managed to test the Yaris Rally1 next season this weekend in France.

Ogier was on his way from his German home to the French town of his birth, Gap, on Wednesday, November 24, three days after completing his eighth world title at Monza. But he got a call from the team that made him change plans. Evans had been in an accident and the car could not be repaired on site, so it had to return to the base in Finland to be repaired. Failed first date with the new generation of hybrid vehicles.

A meeting that is finally taking place this weekend in France. The Frenchman has taken command of the new Toyota together with his also new co-driver, Benjamin Veillas, in a two-day test. A test of vital importance to achieve the best adaptation to the hybrid vicissitudes before the Monte Carlo Rally (January 20-23), which will be the first of his five participations in 2022.

In the absence of knowing its resistance program, once it has been ruled out that it will compete with the official Toyota team in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Jari-Matti Latvala, the head of the Japanese brand in rallying has revealed what the rallies could be in the that Ogier will run. After the first meeting in Monte Carlo, the Frenchman could compete in Croatia, Italy, New Zealand and Japan … as long as he does not regret it and decides to expand his program.

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