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Aaron Johnston Totoya Gazoo WRC Co-Driver

With the launch of C&M Motorsport Sales at the end of 2021, moving forward into 2022 we are proud to be a partner of Aaron Johnston in the FIA World Rally Championship competing for Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally Team.

Aaron, alongside Takamoto Katsuta, will complete in the full WRC Calendar in 13 Countries around the globe, bearing the C&M Motorsport Logos, on both his Overalls and Helmet. As-well-as being a Brand Ambassador for our company.

Although, this is only the beginning of the partnership between C&M Motorsport and Aaron, it is a relationship that has grown personally between M.D. Martin McKenna and Aaron stretching back over 5 years, when Aaron Co-Drove in the C&M Motors backed Fiesta WRC alongside Marty on the Enniskillen Motor Club Lakeland Stages Rally.

From here, Aaron’s career grew from strength to strength, competing alongside UAE’s Mohamed Al-Mutawaa, Norway’s Oliver Solberg, and currently Japans’s Takamoto Katsuta, in a range of cars including the Volkswagen Polo GTi R5, Skoda Fabia R5 Evo, Subaru Impreza WRX STi, Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC, Toyota Yaris WRC, and for 2022 is competing in the all-new Toyota Yaris GR Rally1 Hybrid at the pinnacle of the sport.

Aaron started with humble beginning’s competing with his father Ian, in a little Nissan Micra in the Northern Ireland Night Navigation Rally Championship from the age of 12 until 16, when he moved into Stage Rallying.

From here, Aaron spent several years, with local drivers, honing his skills and gaining experience alongside a multitude of local drivers, in events all over Ireland and the U.K.

In 2018, C&M Motorsport Sales M.D. Marty, gave Aaron his first opportunity to compete in the highest calibre of machinery aboard his Ford Fiesta WRC. Later that year, Aaron got the call to partner 2003 World Champion, Petter Solberg, on the debut test of the brand new Volkswagen Polo GTi R5 in Spain.

From here, ahead of the 2019 season, Aaron teamed up with Petter’s son Oliver, for the following 3 years. A partnership that proved extremely successful as the pairing amassed a total of 10 Rally Wins on both sides of the Atlantic, for Subaru, Volkswagen and Hyundai. In 2020, the crew became Junior European Rally Champions. A result that caught the eyes of Hyundai Motorsport for a 2021 Drive.

In 2022 Aaron was granted the opportunity to compete in a full campaign at the highest level of World Motorsport, as part of the reigning World Manufactures Champions, Toyota. In this 2022 season Aaron and Taka finished 5th overall in the championship! 

The 2023 campaign was very similar for Aaron and Taka who had some good results throughout the year. The best being a 3rd overall in Rally Finland which seen them stand proud on the podium! 

Moving onto the current 2024 campaign the two guys are having anther fantastic season after completing 6 rounds of the WRC campaign so far. Their best finish to date also has came this year with a 2nd overall in WRC Safari Kenya where the C&M logo stood proud on the podium. 

With 8 more rallies to go this season, everyone here at C&M Motorsport, wishes the best of luck to Aaron & Takamoto, and are hoping to see the C&M Motorsport Logo standing proud on the World Rally Championship Podium again some point throughout the year! 

 

WRC 2024 CALENDER

Rally

Surface

Date

Rally Monte Carlo

Tarmac

25th-28th Jan.

Rally Sweden

Snow

15th-18th Feb.

Safari Rally Kenya

Gravel

28th-31st Mar.

Croatia rally

Tarmac

18th-21st Apr.

Rally Portugal

Gravel

9th-12th May

Rally Italia Sardinia

Gravel

30th May-2nd Jun.

Rally Poland

Gravel

27th-30th Jun.

Rally Latvia

Gravel

18th-21st Jul.

Rally Finland

Gravel

1st-4th Aug.

Acropolis Rally Greece

Gravel

5th-8th Sep.

Rally Chile

Gravel

26th-29th Sep.

Central European Rally

Tarmac

31st October-3rd Nov.

Rally Japan

Tarmac

21st-24th Nov.