Rekindling old memories of rally success, getting to know the rally world of 2017 for the first time and showing support to TOYOTA GAZOO Racing WRT; all these and more motivated TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH to invite employees to join the German round of the FIA World Rally Championship on 19 August.
All of the 83 colleagues arrived early in the morning under a blue sky at TMG and used the bus trip to Saarland as a starting point to meet and great their colleagues, before the thrilling rally action got under way, with the first stage in Freisen. Jari-Matti Latvala, Juho Hänninen and Esapekka Lappi blasted past in their impressive Yaris WRC to give the group an exciting first taste of rally action before visiting our TOYOTA GAZOO Racing WRT colleagues in the service park.
The service park on the shore of Bostalsee offered fascinating insights behind the scenes of this major event. We met our colleagues from TGR WRT and enjoyed a guided tour from our engine department members Falk, Thorsten and Norio. “The explanations from our team were very interesting as many points differ from the handling in the WEC,” said Sabrina, while Sandra added: “I now have a much better idea of the activities going on behind the scenes.”
It was not only a popular point to warm up and take a rest; there was also food and drink to keep everyone’s energy levels high and fuel the fascination. Employees enjoyed chatting with one another on a personal and professional level while people from different departments got to know each other better. Getting out of the office and spending time with the team away from day-to-day tasks was very welcome. “It created a wonderful atmosphere,” said Andrea.
One highlight was to see the cars coming in for the service, providing a perfect view and the best place to watch the team at work. The international TOYOTA GAZOO Racing WRT team used the limited time available at service to prepare the three Yaris WRC cars for the next stages, impressing our group with their efficiency and motivation.
We then headed straight to the spectacular Panzerplatte. The Baumholder military training ground is once again one of the hotspots at the ADAC Rallye Deutschland in 2017. In glorious weather, the event allowed all employees to truly relax and have fun, giving everyone the opportunity to feel motorsport up close with the smell, sound and dust of cars passing only a few meters away.
As is often the case in the unpredictable world of rally, the event featured drama, excitement, wins and losses for TOYOTA GAZOO Racing WRT. For our 83 colleagues who visited to give their support, it was an enjoyable day spectating on the stages and everyone felt pride to be associated with the team and Yaris WRC, which showed its great potential yet again.
“It was a special event for many reasons and a complete success,” said Sabrina. “The atmosphere among team members was very relaxed and natural, almost like in a big family. It fostered the international team spirit.”
“We all enjoyed this day, we cannot express it enough,” said Mariany. Marc agreed: “I felt very excited at the idea to spend a day at the rally. It was a magnificent motorsport experience.”
Anyone who has visited a round of the WRC can understand why the TMG employees enjoyed themselves so much. To get up close and personal with the Yaris WRC and the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing WRT team was a privilege which everyone appreciated. “The employee events are always very well organized and create a great benefit for us TMG employees,” said Konny.
“I really enjoyed this day at the rally. Thank you so much for a wonderful first time experience. It was very interesting to see how much a rally differs from the circuit races of the WEC. It has been great to be so close to the action; I definitely got really addicted to the world of rally and I am looking forward to the next time,” said Severine.
We are all looking forward to the next get together. We can guarantee you that it will not be our last.