WRC Challenge Program

Toyota GAZOO Racing WRC Challenge program aims to discover new young Japanese drivers to become top level drivers in the FIA World Rally Championship.

About the program

The program was first initiated on 2015 and the first top level Japanese WRC driver is ready: Takamoto Katsuta has climbed to the podium, first time at WRC Safari Rally Kenya in 2021.

Now it is time for the new season of the Challenge Program, autumn 2021 we have opened the applications for Japanese drivers to apply for the new programme which will start in January 2022.

Selection process

1. Online application

Japanese applicants’ with motorsport background, previous results and motivation are the selection criteria.

Based on the received applications, approximately 20 drivers will be invited to next phase.

2. GR Yaris driving test at Fuji Speedway

– The candidates’ basic driving skill and talent are measured in a driving test. In addition to that
TGR-WRT coaches will interview each candidate.

– Performing in a driving test and interview is the selection criteria. Based on GR Yaris driving test, maximum of 10 drivers will be invited to the final qualifications in Finland.

– Due to the Covid-19 restrictions in Japan – GR Yaris driving test at Fuji Speedway is cancelled. Therefore, TGR-WRT coaches will interview candidates via remote connection. Based on the interviews and document screening, maximum of 15 drivers will be invited to the final qualifications in Finland.

3. Training camp in Finland

– The candidates are tested thoroughly in driving, physical and mental tests.

– The selection criteria are the candidates’ ability to learn and natural characteristics. The potential to become a professional rally driver matters more than the current level of skill.