The opening round of the 2018 FIA World Rally Championship took place last weekend in the glamorous surroundings of Monte-Carlo. These are five bite-size moments from the Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally Team trio during this unpredictable asphalt rally.
2018 Monte-Carlo Rally: Shakedown
Jarri-Matti Latvala (driver car #7): “In the first two runs I wasn’t completely happy with the turn-in, but then we changed the front differential in service and afterwards the car was turning easier and that gave me more confidence.”
2018 Monte-Carlo Rally: Day 1
Ott Tänak (driver car #8): “That was quite a [memorable] start to Rallye Monte-Carlo; it was already very tricky. In the first stage the first kilometres were quite dry but after this it was like proper sheet ice.”
2018 Monte-Carlo Rally: Day 2
Tommi Mäkinen (team principal): “It has been a very positive day. It was an incredible performance from Ott. We are all surprised what he has done so far and how quickly he has learned about the car. It is looking very good for the future with him.”
2018 Monte-Carlo Rally: Day 3
The crews faced typical Rallye Monte-Carlo conditions this morning, with the opening stage in particular covered in snow. Tänak set another fastest time in SS11, going 15.3 seconds faster than anybody else despite being one of several drivers to take an unplanned diversion through a field.
2018 Monte-Carlo Rally: Day 4
Jarri-Matti Latvala: “Rallye Monte-Carlo is never easy. We had difficult conditions again today, particularly with the ice on the Col du Turini that came since the recce. I’m really relived to get to the finish and to be on the podium. The team has done an excellent job and the car is performing really well, so I’m excited for the season ahead.”
2018 WRC: results after Round 1
|1||Sebastien Ogier / Julien Ingrassia||Ford Fiesta WRC||4h 18m 55.5s|
|2||Ott Tanak / Martin Jarveoja||Toyota Yaris WRC||+ 58.3s|
|3||Jari-Matti Latvala / Miikka Anttila||Toyota Yaris WRC||+ 1m 52.0s|
|4||Kris Meeke / Paul Nagle||Citroen C3 WRC||+ 4m 43.1s|
|5||Thierry Neuville / Nicolas Gilsoul||Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC||+ 4m 53.8s|
|6||Elfyn Evans / Daniel Barritt||Ford Fiesta WRC||+ 4m 54.8s|
|7||Esapekka Lappi / Janne Ferm||Toyota Yaris WRC||+ 4m 57.5s|
|8||Bryan Bouffier / Xavier Panseri||Ford Fiesta WRC||+ 7m 39.5s|
|9||Craig Breen / Scott Martin||Citroen C3 WRC||+ 9m 06.7s|
|10||Jan Kopecky / Pavel Dresler||Skoda Fabia R5||+ 16m 43.0s|
Rally Sweden, the second round of the 2018 World Rally Championship, takes place on 15-18 February.