Esa-Pekka Lappi made his debut for Toyota at Portugal and finished 10th. In Italy he finished credible 4th, with fastest times on stages 5,6,7,18 and 19 with second fastest time on stage 9.

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After he completed the SS5 in the fastgest time without second gear, he commented in his laconic style, " Tell Tomi (Makinen) that 5 gears are enough". Sound like he might add bit of interest in the championship by more than just his driving.