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  1. Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally Team opened their 2020 account with a double podium result in Monte Carlo. Their all-new driver line-up was immediately on the pace on the opening round of the new season, finishing the event on Sunday with a brace of podium places Six-time world championship winner, Sébastien Ogier and Welshman Elfyn Evans finished second and third respectively after strong performances on their debuts with the Toyota Yaris WRC, even though they ultimately missed out on victory in a three-way final-day fight. Rookie driver Kalle Rovanperä rounded out a positive weekend for the team with a fine fifth place on his first appearance at rallying’s highest level. Although disappointed not to claim his seventh successive Monte Carlo victory, Ogier was positive about his first event in the Yaris WRC: “I had hoped to deliver even more and bring the team a win straight away. But it’s always such a huge challenge to adapt to a new environment, especially on such a challenging rally, so I think we can be happy. I tried to stay in my comfort zone the whole weekend, not overdo it. We missed it by just a little bit, but 22 points is very good for the championship,” he said. Demonstrating immediate front-running pace in their new cars, Ogier and Evans traded the lead with each other from Friday morning through to Saturday afternoon. Evans led with a 4.9-second advantage over his team-mate going into the final day’s four stages. Their third-placed rival was only 1.5s further back, however, and posted a succession of stage wins to ultimately deny the Toyota duo. Ogier edged Evans for second overall on the rally-ending Power Stage, where he missed out on the fastest time by just 0.012 seconds. His second place together with co-driver Julien Ingrassia marked a strong beginning to his bid for a seventh world title this season. Evans – co-driven by Scott Martin – achieved his best Monte-Carlo finish yet. Rovanperä, who at 19-years-old is the youngest full-time factory driver yet to compete in the WRC, moved up to fifth place with co-driver Jonne Halttunen on the final day to round out an impressively mistake-free and mature performance in demanding conditions. Takamoto Katsuta made it four Toyota Yaris WRC in the top seven with his best finish to-date at the start of an eight-round campaign with the Toyota Gazoo Racing Rally Challenge Program, navigated by Dan Barritt. In spite of missing out on the win, Team Principal Tommi Makinen was pleased with the performance: “We are competing at the highest level and it is so, so tight. The overall result is still incredible for our first rally with our new drivers: Not just to have Sébastien and Elfyn both on the podium, but also for Kalle to finish fifth in his first rally at the top level. It is very promising for the future.” Next date on the calendar is Rally Sweden, the championship’s only full winter event, contested on snow and ice since the WRC’s first season in 1973. The Yaris WRC posted its maiden victory on the event in 2017 and won again in 2019. Monte Carlo Rally, final classification 1 Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) 3h10m57.6s 2 Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (Toyota Yaris WRC) +12.6s 3 Elfyn Evans/Scott Martin (Toyota Yaris WRC) +14.3s 4 Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm (Ford Fiesta WRC) +3m09.0s 5 Kalle Rovanperä/Jonne Halttunen (Toyota Yaris WRC) +4m17.2s 6 Sébastien Loeb/Daniel Elena (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) +5m04.7s 7 Takamoto Katsuta/Daniel Barritt (Toyota Yaris WRC) +11m27.9s 8 Teemu Suninen/ Jarmo Lehtinen (Ford Fiesta WRC)) +13m30.4s 9 Eric Camilli/François-Xavier Buresi (Citroën C3 R5) +13m42.2s 10 Mads Østberg/Torstein Eriksen (Citroën C3 R5) +14m21.8s
  2. In this session of The Verandah, Felicity Urquhart hears how Tracy Alder of Rural Aid, Sean Hanley of Toyota Australia and musician Fanny Lumsden, are ...
  3. Fanny Lumsden performs Real Men Don't Cry (War On Pride), an impassioned commentary on issues surrounding mental health in Australia, encapsulated in a ...
  4. Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Toyota Australia, Sean Hanley, explains how through our partnership with the Tamworth Country Music Festival, we're ...
  5. Co-founder and Director of Rural Aid, Tracy Alder, gives a first-hand account of how music affects communities around Australia.
  6. In this session of The Verandah, Sammy White is our brand new 2020 Toyota Star Maker and her biggest journey is about to kick off. Past winner, Blake ...
  7. Blake O'Connor explains how winning the Toyota Star Maker changed his life completely, filling Sammy White in on what to expect.
  8. The 2020 Toyota Star Maker, Sammy White, tells us about her natural love for country music, inspiring her to write her own tunes.
  9. The 2019 Toyota Star Maker, Blake O'Connor, rumbles into a performance of his track 'Keep Rollin'. Written about a love for music, it's as energetic as country ...
  10. The 2020 Star Maker performs her winning track, 'Drowning My Sorrows', a song written about taking life head.
  11. Host of The Verandah, Felicity Urquhart, treats us to a very special and uplifting performance #TCMF2020.
  12. In this session, Golden Guitar winners Mollie McClymont, Andrew Swift and Felicity Urquhart and first time nominee, Gretta Ziller, show that no rise to the top ...
  13. Now a veteran of the Golden Guitars, Mollie McClymont reminisces about the first time she watched sister, Brooke, present at the famed awards #TCMF2020.
  14. Two-time Golden Guitar winner, Andrew Swift, was inspired by the outpouring of support for fire-affected communities - with musicians, truckies and news ...
  15. In perfect harmony, Gretta Ziller and Andrew Swift took it to another level for this session of The Verandah #TCMF2020.