Esapekka Lappi and co-driver Janne Ferm finished 3rd on his first start for Toyota since 2018. – It’s great to be back and to be back on the podium, Lappi said after the podium celebrations in Umeå on Sunday afternoon.
February 27, 2022
Lappi made a fine start to his first event in the team’s colours since 2018, already claiming a stage win and the rally lead on the second stage of the rally. For most of the rally he were part of a close fight for victory on the high-speed roads with the new hybrid car. On Sunday Esapekka and Janne were in a close fight for second position, but finished 3rd to complete a fantastic comeback in the WRC.
- It’s great to be back and to be back on the podium. That was my target before the weekend but I knew it would be tough. But we managed it and I’m so happy. I’m so proud of myself, of Janne and of the whole team. We didn’t have any issues on my car the whole weekend. I couldn’t get second place without taking more risks. It cannot have started better than this. To expect more would have been ridiculous. We had a long break, our last rally was in October last year so this is a top result.
Overall classification WRC Rally Sweden
2 Neuville +22,0
3 Lappi +30,6
4 Katsuta +2.19,4
5 Greensmith +3.20,4