The first model The Toyota GR Yaris from Romanian motorsport successfully debuted in the inaugural stage of the 2023 National Rally Championship. The crew formed by Cătălin Ienășel and Adrian Diaconescu won the 11th National class and 16th place in the overall ranking of the rally.
The crew that drove the car, consisting of pilot Cătălin Ienășel and co-pilot Adrian Diaconescu, managed to demonstrate the dynamic capabilities of the Toyota GR Yaris model in the difficult conditions specific to the Harghita Rally. At the end of the 11 Special Stages and one Super Special Stage – all totaling 119.04 km timed (out of a total of just over 500 km covered in total), the car won 8 of the 12 Rally Special Stages in its class, the performance being crowned with victory in the “National 11” class and 16th place in the overall ranking of the rally.
The first Toyota GR Yaris in Romanian motorsport starts right away
“We are very proud of the impressive performance of the Cătălin Ienășel / Adrian Diaconescu crew and the Toyota GR Yaris car at the Harghitei Rally powered by Toyota and, as I said before, we are proud to support the first team that brought this model to Romanian motorsport . The efforts of the crew to prepare this car for the National Rally Championship are crowned by this first success and we can only keep our fingers crossed for the boys, to have an adaptation curve with the car as smooth as possible and with the best results”. said Costin Vulpe, Site Manager of Toyota Bucuresti Nord and Lexus Bucuresti Nord.
“For us, the debut of the Toyota GR Yaris car in the first round of the National Rally Championship came with many challenges, but also with many lessons, which we are extremely happy about. Both the car and us as a crew are constantly adjusting and learning, but we are happy that we managed to achieve a notable result at the same time”, said Cătălin Ienășel, the car’s pilot.
In the continuation of the 2023 season, the car’s competitive calendar also includes 3 appearances in the National Rally Championship (in the National 11 class) and 2 appearances in the Masters National Coastal Speed Championship:
- May 27-28 – Argeșului Rally
- June 24-25 – Maramureș Rally
- September 2-3 – Coastal Speed Masters – Cheile Grădistei
- September 29-20 – Cluj Rally
- October 14-15 – Coastal Speed Masters – Poiana Brașov
Source: Promotor by www.promotor.ro.
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