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General information
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Official name: Toyota Castrol
Operated by: Toyota Team Europe TTE
Headquarters: Cologne, Germany
Regular drivers
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Car nr 5: Carlos Sainz
6: Didier Auriol
6: Freddy Loix (selected events)
6: Thomas Radstrom (Rally Sweden)
Key personnel
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President of Toyota Motorsport: Ove Andersson
Team manager: George Donaldson
Rally engineer: Gerd Pfeiffer
Car and tyres
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Car: Toyota Corolla WRC
Tyres: Michelin
Sponsors and partners
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Castrol, Telefonica Movistar
Season statistics
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Best results: 1st: Monte Carlo (Carlos Sainz)
 1st: Catalunya (Didier Auriol)
 1st: New Zealand (Carlos Sainz)
Rallies contested: 13 (works entries)
WRC starts: 29 (works entries)
Outright wins: 3 (wins to rallies ratio 23.1 %)
Podiums: 12 (podiums to starts ratio 41.4 %)
DNF's: 8 (DNF's to starts ratio 27.6 %)
Stage wins: 81
Points scored: 85 (manufacturer championship)
Avg points per rally: 6.5
Entries
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Monte Carlo  


Sweden  



Safari  


Portugal  


Catalunya  



Corsica  


Argentina  


Acropolis  


New Zealand  


Finland  


San Remo  


Australia  


Great Britain  

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Carlos Sainz  
Didier Auriol  

Carlos Sainz  
Thomas Radstrom  
Didier Auriol  

Carlos Sainz  
Didier Auriol  

Carlos Sainz  
Didier Auriol  

Carlos Sainz  
Freddy Loix  
Didier Auriol  

Carlos Sainz  
Didier Auriol  

Carlos Sainz  
Didier Auriol  

Carlos Sainz  
Didier Auriol  

Carlos Sainz  
Didier Auriol  

Carlos Sainz  
Didier Auriol  

Carlos Sainz  
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Carlos Sainz  
Didier Auriol  

Carlos Sainz  
Didier Auriol  
Marcus Gronholm  
1st
14th

2nd
retired (accident)
6th

retired (suspension)
4th

2nd
retired (gearbox)

7th
2nd (1st in manufacturers)
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8th
6th (4th in manufacturers)

2nd
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3rd

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retired (clutch)
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drivers
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1998 Toyota drivers: Sainz - Auriol - Giraudet - Moya Click picture to see larger version in a pop-up window
Size of TTE
Of the big teams in late 1990's, TTE was perhaps the biggest of all. In 17,000 m2 facilities at Cologne team employed some 260 people.

About one fifth worked with Le Mans project but rest in various rally projects, including customer operations which Toyota was very active with.
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