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    Sebastien Ogier’s maiden test of Toyota’s Rally1 2022 World Rally Championship challenger has been rescheduled following a crash in testing.

    Toyota abandons plan for Ogier’s maiden Rally1 test
    Toyota has confirmed to Autosport that an off during a test on asphalt roads in France on Wednesday has forced the team to abandon plans for Ogier to sample the new hybrid Rally1 GR Yaris for the first time.

    It is understood Elfyn Evans was at the wheel of the Yaris when the car was involved in an incident. Both Evans and co-driver Scott Martin are believed to have emerged from the incident unscathed.

    However, a Toyota spokesperson has confirmed that the team has been unable to repair the car and will now reschedule Ogier’s test, expected to take place on Thursday, to a later date.

    The newly crowned eight-time world champion is expected to contest next year’s Monte Carlo Rally season opener in January, as part of a partial WRC campaign, after announcing plans to call time on his full-time career earlier this year.

    Ogier has yet to drive the all-new hybrid Yaris with the bulk of the recent development being carried out by Kalle Rovanpera, who drove the car on Tuesday and Evans. The Welshman took over the running on Wednesday.

    “There was an off today during testing, so unfortunately Ogier’s test had to be rescheduled,” a Toyota spokesperson told Autosport.

    “We were glad to see, that all the safety systems worked as they should, so in that sense it was all okay.


    “Unfortunately we weren’t able to fix the car for tomorrow (Thursday) onsite, so we have packed up and out test team is heading home.”

    It is unclear when Ogier’s test will be rescheduled.

    M-Sport Ford has also been testing in France with its Puma Rally1 to bolster preparations for next year’s season opener.

    New signing Craig Breen is onsite while it is understood Adrien Fourmaux and the newly re-signed Gus Greensmith have been sharing the driving thus far.

    It is also understood nine-time world champion Sebastien Loeb will drive the Puma this week in what will be his second test in the car after an outing last month.

    Loeb has been heavily linked to a possible return to the WRC next year with the Frenchman tipped to to compete at the Monte Carlo Rally.

    Hyundai is also set to test its new-look final iteration of its Rally1 i20 this week with a six-day test to begin on Sunday.

    https://www.autosport.com/wrc/news/t...-test/6816895/
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    must be a big crash to pack the car and go to their base.

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    the more vids i saw the more i believe that yaris will be again the fastest.
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    i dont know about that and i wont judge before first gravel round of next year

    but what i do know is that these cars wont be slow like some said/expected. i really like what i am seeing

    and is it just me who feels that Msport and Toyota have turned up their game this week? The cars seem much more lively and faster compared to previous tests
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    Quote Originally Posted by spyros View Post
    the more vids i saw the more i believe that yaris will be again the fastest.
    In our country, old carpenters have on saying:
    Only the lenght of the dick can be measured with the eye.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bandit12 View Post
    In our country, old carpenters have on saying:
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    I know that cause im greek
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    A Spanish rally site said that the (crashed) Yaris GR test car was in it's final phase, so it must be quite a blow to them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EstWRC View Post
    i dont know about that and i wont judge before first gravel round of next year

    but what i do know is that these cars wont be slow like some said/expected. i really like what i am seeing

    and is it just me who feels that Msport and Toyota have turned up their game this week? The cars seem much more lively and faster compared to previous tests
    I was also relieved to hear that Hyundai is completely remaking their car because the test videos have looked so cumbersome.

    I can only hope and expect the three cars will be just as equal as the 2017 WRC cars, and we'll be in for exciting seasons!

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    Quote Originally Posted by EstWRC View Post
    i dont know about that and i wont judge before first gravel round of next year

    but what i do know is that these cars wont be slow like some said/expected. i really like what i am seeing

    and is it just me who feels that Msport and Toyota have turned up their game this week? The cars seem much more lively and faster compared to previous tests
    I’m with you, I think the testing ramped up a notch this week. The cars look more edgy for sure.
    Let’s see what this ‘real’ Hyundai is like when some videos appear.

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