Podcast: Inside Toyota’s dramatic 1998 title defeat

Toyota team manager George Donaldson talks protests and counter-protests galore during that famous GB finale

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Earlier this month, we got Mitsubishi’s line on the battle of the Japanese brands for World Rally Championship honors. Now, as promised, it’s time for Toyota’s take on its painful 1998 near-miss.

In this epsiode of Spin, the Rally Pod, then Toyota team manager George Donaldson talks Colin Clark through a fascinating season, which went down to the wire – on the final stage of the season on Rally GB, no less.

Donaldson sheds light on a previously untold theory about the failure Carlos Sainz suffered on that stage that prevented the Spaniard from claiming a third WRC title, and the other key moments from that season that shaped the title fight.