The Japanese brand announced its 2023 line-up earlier in the day – with Takamoto Katstuta stepping up to score points for Toyota’s main team on alternate routes selected with Sébastien Ogier. Katsuta will also play events Ogier attends but will not score points.
It does mean, however, that there could be a fourth Yaris available on rallies that Ogier does not choose to enter.
Speaking just hours after his team’s driver announcement, Latvala revealed that Toyota was ready to lease the spare car to private drivers if requested.
“It’s now clear that our roster is what we’re going to do for the season,” Latvala said, referring to Friday morning’s announcement. “But, of course, we considered that – on [seven] events where we have a fourth car available – we would consider a rental option.
“But it’s purely about the rental, nothing else,” he insisted. “If anyone is interested in renting a car, we are looking at that option. At this stage we don’t know if this will happen, but we are of course collecting data to see if there are any pilots who are interested in this.
“This fourth car which is a rental option is 100% for business – we are not aiming to score points. We have received a few requests but have not made any decisions at this stage.
Toyota steered clear of customer programs until recently, when it unveiled its GR Yaris Rally2 at FORUM8 Rally Japan last week.
. Toyota could rent a fourth Yaris