The master was to test the hybrid. His friend crashed it [WIDEO]

Sebastien Ogier has no respite after winning the eighth world rally title in the general classification. After the end of the Monza Rally, the French planned his first rides behind the wheel of the Toyota Yaris Rally1 hybrid. Unfortunately, the tests did not take place.

Evans crashed Yaris

The day before the French rides, Elfyn Evans sits at the wheel of the car, who is becoming the leader of the team next season. We would like to remind you that Ogier has announced the end of regular starts and that next year he will switch to Esapekka Lappi in a car. Kalle Rovanper will be awarded the second Toyota for the entire season.

Stages in the Alps have been selected for the rides in order to prepare directly for the season opening Monte Carlo Rally. Evans, unfortunately, fell off the road and badly crashed the car. Luckily, the crew was fine, but the wreckage returned to the team’s headquarters in Finland instead of a makeshift service at Gap.

We can confirm that our Rally1 test car fell off the road this afternoon during testing in France. Elfyn Evans and Scott Martin rode. They are both fine and no one was hurt. All safety systems worked exactly as they should. The situation is still being judged, but we know these things can happen in testing and we don’t expect it to have a big impact on our work – we read in a statement from Toyota.

A chance for Loeb

After the Monza Rally, many teams decided to test the new designs. The M-Sport team also appeared in the Alps, which was the first to start preparations for the 2022 season. The Puma WRC was driven by Gus Greensmith and Craig Breen. Thursday is for rally legend Sebastien Loeb.

The French already had the opportunity to test the Puma Rally1 last month in Spain. However, talks between M-Sport, Red Bull and Loeb about a possible program of starts in the 2022 season are still ongoing. Neither side wants to reveal anything yet.

Thursday, however, is one of the last opportunities for Loeb to test ahead of his eventual Monte Carlo appearance. In January, the Frenchman will be competing on the routes of the Dakar Rally, and if he appears at the WRC season inauguration, he will do so after traveling directly from Saudi Arabia.

The Monte Carlo Rally is scheduled for January 20-23. Competitors will have seventeen special stages to ride, with a total length of over 300 kilometers.


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