Toyota Australia has thrown its support behind its local round of the World Rally Championship, with a ‘leading’ sponsorship deal for this year’s Rally Australia.
Toyota has a strong rallying heritage in Australia, with two lengthy stints as an official manufacturer in the Australian Rally Championship between 1990 and 2008.
Former factory squad Neal Bates Motorsport still runs Corollas in the ARC, with Neal Bates’ son Harry currently leading the ARC standings over Molly Taylor – who, ironically, is the daughter of Neal Bates’ long-time co-driver Coral Taylor.
According to Toyota Australia’s executive director sales and marketing Tony Cramb, the Rally Australia sponsorship deal is a reflection of the brand’s commitment to rallying both locally and on the world stage.
“We are also proud of our relationship with four-time Australian Rally Champions Neal Bates and Coral Taylor – a 25-year relationship during which time Toyota has also won two local manufacturers’ titles.
As it stated in Toyota Australia has been announced as a leading sponsor of this year’s Kennards Hire Rally Australia.
The arrangement will see Toyota Australia become the official vehicle supplier for the Coffs Harbour World Rally Championship season finale held from November 16-19.
The Japanese marque has a strong reputation in Australia having won four Australian Rally Championship titles courtesy of Neal Bates.
“We expect to see the Bates clan – including Neal’s sons Harry and Lewis – competing at their usual high standard during this year’s event.”“As Rally Australia in 2017 celebrates its 25th year as a WRC event, it’s wonderful to welcome a partner with its own great rally history,” added Rally Australia chairman Ben Rainsford.
Toyota has returned to the World Rally Championship this year, after an 18-year hiatus, with a factory Yaris WRC effort spearheaded by Jari-Matti Latvala, Juho Hanninen and Esapekka Lappi.
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Toyota Australia will sponsor Rally Australia
Toyota Australia has signed as the lead sponsor for the Australian round of 2017’s WRC, held in Coffs Harbour NSW.
Toyota Australia’s sales and marketing head Tony Cramb adds that the company is keen to show its support for Rally Australia.
Rally Australia chairman Ben Rainsford says the return of Toyota to the competition has been a welcome change.
“As Rally Australia in 2017 celebrates its 25th year as a WRC event, it’s wonderful to welcome a partner with its own great rally history.
The decision was made due to the return of Toyota to the competition this year, the first time Toyota has competed as a team in WRC since 2000.
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