Elfyn Evans and Scott Martin secured a dominant victory on Sunday at FORUM8 Rally Japan as his Toyota Gazoo Racing
Welsh driver Evans secured his eighth career win in the final round of the 2023 FIA World Rally Championship, finishing over a minute ahead of his teammate Ogier. This result secured Evans’ position as the runner-up driver for the third time in his career. Evans built a substantial lead during the rain-soaked opening leg on Friday, allowing him to control the rally and adapt to the changing conditions. Rovanperä’s third-place finish completed a perfect season for Toyota, which also won the drivers’ and manufacturers’ championships. Ogier faced setbacks due to damage to his car’s chassis, preventing him from challenging Evans’ lead. Rounding out the top seven were Lappi, Katsuta, Tänak, Mikkelsen, Gryazin, and Kajetanowicz.