Kovalainen wins Rally Montre – TER Promo Event in Japan
Former F1 driver Heikki Kovalainen, codriven by Sae Kitagawa on a Škoda Fabia R5, has won Rally Montre in Japan.
After two eventful days on the challenging stages of the Gunma area, the former F1 and GT driver, winner of the 2008 Hungarian GP, secured his fourth season win despite a puncture, extending his lead in the national series.
The Toyota Gazoo Racing crew of Tomoyuki Shinkai and Yuichi Ando, with a Toyota GR Yaris, finished second ahead of the sister car of Hiroshi Yanagisawa and Naoki Kase.
Local hero Hiroki Arai (TER Series Ambassador, Subaru driver, former Toyota Gazoo Racing driver in the World Rally Championship) drove the event as course car, enjoying the experience of his home roads and the many fans that gave an extra touch to Rally Montre.
New Zealander Michael Young (multiple APRC Cup winner) with Amy Hudson drove a Toyota C-HR. Gaining precious experience for his maiden tarmac outing, Young secured second place in the APRC standings ahead of the Subaru Impreza Yasushi Taoyama codriven by Noriko Takeshita.
The event results are available here: