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Erik Wevers

Erik Wevers lives in a part of the Netherlands where rallying is very popular. The Hellendoorn Rally, the largest and best known Dutch rally, passes practically his front door. In 1991 Erik starts to rally himself in an Opel Ascona. As his skills grow he switches to a iconic BMW E30 M3.

In 1997 Erik Wevers buys a Toyota Celica GT4. It results in the first contact with Toyota Team Europe (TTE), the official Toyota factory team. After team principal Ove Andersson announces Toyota’s withdrawal from rallying, Erik proves to be a successful entrepreneur.

He takes over all TTE rallying activities. His company Target Racing Holland is the sole provider for official works parts for Toyota Group A en WRC cars. A logical next step is the preparation of Toyota rally cars. In 2008 the company name is changed to Wevers Sport.

On the stages Erik Wevers also stays successful. In 2004 he wins the BeNeLux Rally Trophy with Michiel Poel alongside him in a Toyota GT4. One year later he wins his first Dutch title co-driven by Belgian Filip Goddé in a Toyota Corolla WRC. In 2006 they end up third in the Deutsche Rallye Serie in 2006.

Erik is also present in his two home events: Hellendoorn and Hengelo. The latter of the two becomes a real media hype. The Netherlands are on the brink of general elections in november 2006. Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende is known for his motorsports love.

His campaign team and Wevers Sport plan a big surprise by teaming up Erik with co-driver Jan Peter Balkenende for the first leg of the Conrad Euregio Rally. By special permission of the Dutch motorsports federation KNAF, Balkenende will be replaced by Patrick Gerritsen for the second leg of the rally. Surprisingly Wevers and Balkenende are leading the rally after the first leg. Erik wins the rally co-driven by Jan Peter Balkenende and Patrick Gerritsen, a unique fact in the history of Dutch rallying.

His long term history with Toyota has provided Erik with the nickname ‘Mr. Toyota’ but in 2007 Erik Wevers and Wevers Sport take a new step: they buy four factory Skoda Fabia WRC. In the final moments of the championship 2007 Erik has his first contacts with M-Sport, the official Ford team. Erik get the chance to buy an ex-Mikko Hirvonen Ford Focus RS WRC 06. With this car he wins his second Dutch title in 2008 co-driven by Jalmar van Weeren. They also win the Euro Rally Challenge 2008 and 2009.

For season 2010 and 2011 Erik Wevers focusses on his role as team principal. Wevers Sport assists Erik van Loon and Harmen Scholtalbers in winning the Open Dutch Championship 2010 and provides Erik van Loon and Bernhard ten Brinke the arrive and drive package to compete at WRC and IRC level with the Skoda Fabia S2000.

In 2012 Erik Wevers debuts in the famous Dakar Rally and with two top ten day results and finishes at 34th spot. Wevers Sport is also the technical mastermind behind the ambitious Riwald Dakar Team with drivers Erik Wevers, Gert Huzink and Bernhard ten Brinke, who finishes ninth on his first Dakar.