The change comes simply days after Ogier scored his first WRC win of the season in Rally Spain alongside Benjamin Veillas, who took over the co-driver seat this 12 months, following the retirement of long-time navigator Julien Ingrassia on the finish of 2021.
In a choice taken with the crew after securing the producers’ title, eight-time world champion Ogier has determined to supply a possibility to up and coming co-driving star Landais to hitch him in Japan to guage a potential future collaboration.
Serving to develop new expertise into the WRC has been a long-time goal of Ogier and Ingrassia, with Landais’ promotion a part of this initiative.
Landais has spent nearly all of his profession alongside M-Sport Ford driver Pierre-Louis Loubet. The pair competed in seven WRC occasions this 12 months, scoring profession finest fourth place finishes in Sardinia and Greece.
Whereas desirous to see how Landais performs in Japan, Ogier was fast to reward the efforts of Veillas, who has contested 5 rallies alongside the outgoing world champion this season.
“Firstly I wish to say thanks to Benjamin for his laborious work and software throughout our programme of rallies this 12 months, and it was a particular second to share our first victory collectively in Spain,” stated Ogier.
“Now that the crew has secured all three championships and the primary targets for the season have been achieved, we’d in fact like to complete on a excessive on the house rally for Toyota Gazoo Racing in Japan.
“However this last spherical can be an opportunity to arrange and consider some issues for the longer term and to present a possibility to Vincent, who’s a gifted and motivated younger co-driver.
“He has been working with us in our gravel crew and after this good expertise I’m excited to compete in our first rally collectively and to see the way it works out.”
Winners Sebastien Ogier, Benjamin Veillas, Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Toyota GR Yaris Rally1
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Veillas added: “The choice to present a possibility to a younger and gifted co-driver for Rally Japan is subsequently one which I fully perceive and which I absolutely assist.
“I wish to thank Seb and the crew for his or her assist and assist this season and need them along with Vincent one of the best of luck in Japan.”
Ogier’s new recruit, Landais, admitted it could be a proud second to name notes for considered one of his function fashions in Japan.
“Will probably be a giant honour to hitch Seb and the Toyota Gazoo Racing crew for Rally Japan,” stated Landais.
“Seb and Julien have been like function fashions for each French driver and co-driver, so this can be a nice alternative and one which I’m very happy with.
“Julien has been serving to me lots throughout my profession, and I already had the possibility to work with Seb as a part of his gravel crew in Monte Carlo this 12 months.
“Japan will likely be a giant problem with lots to be taught however I’ll concentrate on doing my finest as at all times and attempt to profit from this opportunity. Lastly I wish to thank M-Sport, Pierre-Louis Loubet and his sponsors for this season and the great outcomes we might do collectively.”
That is the second co-driver change among the many Rally1 area for Japan as M-Sport’s Craig Breen will welcome James Fulton into the co-driver seat, following the retirement of his skilled navigator Paul Nagle.
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