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Toyota GAZOO Racing´s team structure

December 4, 2015

Toyota GAZOO Racing´s team structure, when Toyota will return to the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) in 2017:

Team name: TOYOTA GAZOO Racing
Team Chairman: Akio Toyoda
Team Principal: Tommi Mäkinen, age: 51
Team Vice Principal: Koei Saga
Toyota Motorsport GmbH President: Toshio Sato

Sporting Manager: Jarmo Lehtinen, age: 46 (former co-driver to Mikko Hirvonen)
Marketing Director: Shikegi Tomoyama
Head of Marketing & Public Relations: Tiina Lehmonen, age: 50 (former chief executice officer of AKK Sports Oy)
Press Officer: Terhi Heloaho
Operations Director: Lauri Riipinen, age: 33 (former director of Tommi Mäkinen Racing)
Technical Director: Michael Zotos, age: 48 (former rally engineer of Prodrive)
Chief Designer: Simon Carrier, age: 51 (former designer of M-Sport)
Chief of Engineering: Tom Fowler, age: 33 (former engineer of M-Sport)
Engineer: Kevin Postec, age: x (former engineer of KTM)
Chief of Eelectronics: Mikko Ruoho, age 35 (former engineer of Tommi Mäkinen Racing)

Responsible for designing and producing the Yaris WRC’s engine: Toyota Motorsport GmbH
Responsible for producing the transmission: Xtrac

TMG was testing in Finland during the summer 2015 with the “old” Yaris WRC, but Toyota GAZOO Racing is due to start it´s own testing programme during spring 2016.

There will be two separate testing teams. The one is located all the time in Finland and the other all over the world. Test schedule will start at the middle of March 2016. At the beginning in Finland on snow and after that the other test team will start in Europe.

Test drivers will be Tommi Mäkinen, Juho Hänninen, Mikko Hirvonen, Jarkko Nikara, Bryan Bouffier (on tarmac) and Teemu Suninen (not confirmed).

Source: Rally Paradise &

Read also: Tommi Mäkinen leads Toyota Gazoo Racing´s WRC return in 2017 / JULY 7, 2015

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