Toyota Le Mans stars savouring Neste Rally Finland visit

Toyota Le Mans stars Kamui Kobayashi and Kazuki Nakajima have spoken of their admiration for their FIA World Rally Championship counterparts during a visit to Neste Rally Finland today.

Nakajima was part of Toyota’s Le Mans 24 Hours-winning line-up last month, while Kobayashi finished in second place.

They are in Jyväskylä as guests of TOYOTA GAZOO Racing WRT and will take in a tour of the Paviljonki service park and visits to special stages during their trip to Finland.

“It looks very strong and the Toyota looks like a really brilliant car,” said Kobayashi. “They are not driving like I would drive a racing car but they look fast and confident and they really make an effort with their preparations.

“Just watching the on-board camera [angles] is very impressive. I have a big respect for [the drivers] because it’s not an easy challenge, they are watching the road but also listening [to the pacenotes] but it’s a big part of being a professional. I can’t wait to get out onto the stages to watch.”

Asked if we would like to get behind the wheel of a Yaris WRC, Nakajima said: “Why not? Not on a competition but I want to try one for sure. I am sure it’s very difficult but to make the pacenotes and I think [racing drivers] would be too lazy. Hopefully this weekend it will be another big celebration for Toyota.”

Photo: Sami Lamminaho / AKK

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