Meet Toyota Gazoo Racing’s rising rally star -Takamoto Katsuta

Meet Takamoto Katsuta. The 26 years old is a product of the Toyota Gazoo Racing Challenge Program. From the age of 12, Takamoto (Taka-san to his mates) looked to be fast track bound for Formula 1. Karting quickly became popular with the Formula Challenge Japan title (a slicks and wings single-seater series for young Japanese racers), which became the runners-up spot in Japanese Formula 3 for the TOM’S team.

But then this third-generation competitor Katsuta changed lanes and followed his celebrated father into the sport’s muddier side. His father? Norihiko Katsuta a rallying legend, with eight Japanese Rally Championship titles.

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