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.