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Esapekka Lappi: I made a mistake last year but I can use that experience to have a strong finish”

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Departing Toyota GAZOO Racing World Rally Team driver Esapekka Lappi believes his team can win the manufacturer’s title this season.

Lappi, who is leaving for Citroen next season hopes before he moves to help the Japanese manufacturer wrap up its first constructors title.

He said ahead of RallyRACC Rally de España this weekend: “Unfortunately I made a mistake last year but hopefully I can use that experience this time to have a strong finish. I am fully committed to helping the team fight for the manufacturers’ title over the final two events of the season.”

“As a team we have had some really nice results recently and I hope to continue that in Spain. I like the challenge of the two surfaces: as a driver you do need to adapt to the chance but I think we all get used to it pretty quickly. The asphalt stages in Spain are very special and I really enjoy driving them.”

RallyRACC Rally de España gets underway tomorrow evening with a opening super special based in the Montjuïc area of Barcelona before a day of gravel stages on Friday followed by a change to tarmac for the remaining stages on Saturday and Sunday.

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