Finnish WRC legend Jari-Matti Latvala was left without a seat at Toyota Gazoo Racing after the 2019 season and ahead of this season he invested in driving a privately entered Toyota Yaris WRC at three races. While he started Rally Sweden it was over all too soon when a fault hit one of the cables, as compensation, Toyota team manager Tommi Mäkinen offered the Finn a run out a Rally Italia Sardegna.
But both Sardinia and the planned round in Finland and Wales have now been cancelled, as the Finn is done for the year, instead putting his focus on his own company and to win the battle against the Finnish tax authority. They are investigating the Finn because he says he has spent too much time in Finland when he was listed as living in Monaco.
This year he increased the pace of his own company, manufacturing and supplying spare parts for historic rally cars, in August he will also start building his first customer car for historical rally.
The current plans for next year are the aim of a WRC campaign alongside a full entry to the FIA Historic Sporting Rally Championship, he explained in an interview with the Finnish rally news publication Rallit.
It will be in this own Toyota Celica GT-Four ST165 he enters to ERC Historic, a perfect way to enjoy rally competitions and at the same time reach the target group within his own company.