Pirelli’s Sottozero tyres equipped the Toyota Yaris WRC of Takamoto Katsuta, as the young Japanese driver won the Itäralli – a round of the Finnish Rally Championship – on his debut in a World Rally Car. This is the second time in just a couple of months that Pirelli’s tyres have successfully appeared on the latest generation of World Rally Car. Valtteri Bottas made his rallying debut on the Arctic Lapland Rally in January, piloting an M-Sport-prepared Ford Fiesta WRC fitted with studded Sottozero tyres.
Katsuta, a Toyota protégé competing in WRC2, enjoyed a strong run through the six stages of the Itäralli, but prioritized learning about the car in the snowy conditions rather than outright pace. The 25-year-old driver has previously used Pirelli Sottozero studded tyres to good effect in WRC2, winning the class on last year’s Rally Sweden.
The Pirelli Sottozero studded tyres proved themselves to be as suitably adapted to the Toyota Yaris WRC as they were to the Ford Fiesta WRC, where Bottas was also a stage-winner on the Arctic Rally.
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