Rally of Japan: Evans did not give up

Rally of Japan: Evans did not give up

This Sunday, Briton Elfyn Evans (Toyota) won the last WRC rally of the season, in Japan. Sébastien Ogier finished second.

The 2023 WRC World Rally Championship season is officially over. This Sunday, Elfyn Evans won the last round on the program, contested against Japan. The Briton kills two birds with one stone, to the extent that he also finishes vice-world champion in this same premier category. And this for the third time since the start of his career, after the 2020 then 2021 seasons. The Toyota team, for which Evans evolves and crowned among the manufacturers, also finished in style, with a hat-trick achieved on its own land. Indeed, the second in this same rally is none other than the French Sébastien Ogier, who signs his fourth podium of this season and who is ahead of Kalle Rovanperä.

Evans had been in the lead since Friday

The Finn, already assured for some time now of winning the world champion title this year, finished third. Evans took the lead in this same rally this Friday. Despite particularly tricky roads, the Briton was never surprised again. Even just managing, once his various competitors could no longer really catch up with him. After securing this victory, the Welshman, now 34 years old, spoke in comments reported byAFP : “It wasn’t easy with the conditions (editor’s note: weather) that we had this week, even if we already had a significant gap on Friday evening. »

RALLYE – WRC / JAPON
Final classification, after SS22 (out of 22) – Sunday November 19, 2023
1- Elfyn Evans – Scott Martin (GBR-GBR/Toyota) en 3h32″08″8
2- Sébastien Ogier – Vincent Landais (FRA-FRA/Toyota) at 1’17″7
3- Kalle Rovanperä – Jonne Halttunen (FIN-FIN/Toyota) à 1’46″5
4- Esapekka Lappi – Janne Ferm (FIN-FIN/Hyundai) à 2’50″3
5- Takamoto Katsuta – Aaron Johnston (JAP-IRL/Toyota) at 3’1

Special stage winners
Neuville: 4 (SS1, SS18, SS20, SS22)
Evans : 4 (ES2, ES3, ES11, ES12)
Try : 10 (ES5, ES6, ES7, ES9, ES10, ES13, ES14, ES15, ES19, ES21)
Lapland : 2 (ES8, ES16)

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