WRC: Ott Tanak on his way to winning the Sardinia Rally

After reaching Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm (Toyota GR Yaris Rally1) 0.7 seconds on the second day of the race, the Finn withdrew in the first stage of the day, meaning Ott Tänak/Martin Järveoja (Hyundai i20 N Rally1) was well ahead Comfortable, more than 20 seconds ahead of Craig Breen/Paul Nagle (Ford Puma Rally1) before building up a good lead to widen the gap to 45 seconds at the end of the day, a figure that must have been a red flag due to Adrien Fourmaux’s accident at PE17 And modify.
The race for second place intensified, with the Spaniard’s overwater error causing Hyundai’s engine to stall after Craig Breen and Dani Sordo/Candido Carrera (Hyundai i20 N Rally1) started the race in fourth and fifth by 0.6 seconds That’s when most of the difference between the two came about, about 20 seconds (after a few approaches and departures between them, during the day), and already after they replaced Pierre Loubet/Vincent Landais (Ford) who started the day. Puma Rally1) in third place, and while they did not retain their position, they still performed well as they were almost guaranteed to finish fourth.
Adrien Fourmaux/Alexandre Coria (Ford Puma Rally1) were solid in the race as they finished fifth, but they crashed on the last stage of the day, bringing the rally to a halt.
After a difficult two days, the provisional sixth place was saved, the best result Kalle Rovanperä/Jonne Halttunen (Toyota GR Yaris Rally1) has achieved so far, thanks to some of his previous retirements.
Takamoto Katsuta/Aaron Johnston (Toyota GR Yaris Rally1) finished seventh, the worst race so far this year.
After yesterday’s delay, Gus Greensmith/Jonas Anderson (Ford Puma Rally 1) didn’t take a big hit and just rode without a major commitment.
Bad day for Thierry Neuville/Martin Vidag (Hyundai i20 N Rally1), who are recovering after yesterday’s problems, but a PE13 rollout took them out of action.
Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm (Toyota GR Yaris Rally1) took the lead today, but unfortunately a stone veered off his track in a tight area and the accident and subsequent abandonment was inevitable.
Andreas Mikkelsen/Torstein Eriksen (Skoda Fabia Evo Rally2) also retired, handing over command of WRC2 to Nikolay Gryazin/Konstantin Aleksandrov (Skoda Fabia Evo Rally2)
Provide more information as soon as possible. The timing of the final stage should be revised due to the red flag caused by the Adrien Fourmaux accident.

day 2 movie

One of the few perfect rally days that Ott Tänak hasn’t had in a long time. He moved forward fast, even without the slippery slip, he was already leading in the division, and since then he was unstoppable, even controlling and controlling the tempo, and he won race after race.
He remained in control throughout, increasing Craig Breen’s lead to 29.8 seconds, then 30.9 seconds, 37.2 seconds, and finally 46.0. Under normal circumstances, the rebound is a win, and let’s hope Hyundai doesn’t fail mechanically, because that’s really unfair.
Craig Breen ended the day in second place after a good fight with Dani Sordo. He and the Spaniard quickly overtook Pierre-Louis Loubet, Breen saw a tire come off the rim and he didn’t miss much as it was nearing the end of a stage where he had a bit of a hard time and they were in Something was wrong, Sordo got to 1.5s, but Breen always reacted and the Spaniard’s blunder in PE16 pulled the gap to 20.8s.
Dani Sordo responded well, he had a few surprises every now and then, such as a “strong compression” on his second pass through the same segment where Lappi was, in one segment the hood didn’t close, making it hard for him to see When does it open on one side, which leads to more wasted time. It was the accident, the poor choice of tires on the first leg of the afternoon, not the pace that put him 20 seconds behind Brin.
Pierre-Louis Loubet is doing the best rally of his WRC era. He became the best Ford and he didn’t want to follow Brin and Sodor doing well because he still didn’t have the “leather” and maybe that’s why he stayed fourth, if he didn’t he was pretty much guaranteed. Don’t make mistakes or have mechanical problems.
Adrien Fourmaux hits again. This time it was the last session of day 2 when it was under pressure from rovanpera. Instead of hitting him again, let him go without a fight.
Amendments are worse than sonnets.
In the morning, slowly, he reduced the margin for Loubet, it was his obligation, he could have gone further, but he had a puncture, the tire came off the rim, so he lost a lot of time and suffered from Kalle Rovanperä, who started on day eight and finished fifth.
There was little to do, as Loubet’s roughly 50 seconds had a hard time keeping up with the rest.
Takamoto Katsuta made some mistakes, one of the biggest on PE11, when he aggressively sliced ​​a hook after taking a pounding in the uneven shoulder with Yaris’ engine shut down.
Gus Greensmith ran late, leading WRC2 by Nikolay Gryazin, 44.9 seconds ahead of Jan Solans and 15.3 seconds behind Chris Ingram.
Among the retired drivers, Esapekka Lappi was unlucky, leading when he crashed. A boulder in the road bounced him out of control, and he hit everything that appeared on the side, leaving the wreckage of the car on the road more than 50 metres away. bad luck…
Thierry Neuville lost almost two minutes on the first day due to a transmission failure, the next day he was walking fine, he lost a few more seconds to save the life of a dog crossing the road, but on PE12 he rolled over in Tempio Pausania. He put the car back on all four wheels, but the i20 N Rally1 was too damaged to continue.
Elfyn Evans has another problem, in PE16, the suspension is broken. Another unfortunate assembly.

first day movie
Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm (Toyota GR Yaris Rally1) cautiously started the day in 5th place because of the dust, but moved quickly to the 2nd stage today after having problems with Elfyn Evans Front. At Monti di Ala and Budduso, a touch of a rock scared them and they took the lead, but Tanak took the lead after Lappi’s puncture and didn’t waste much time holding the 3.7sec lead.
He was 6.4 seconds behind in the early afternoon, but the Estonian suffered a mechanical failure on PE7 which gave Esapekka Lappi the lead.
Ott Tänak/Martin Järveoja (Hyundai i20 N Rally1) finished second in 0.7 seconds, but he could have come out on top had it not been for a new mechanical problem with his Hyundai.
He started the day in second place and moved on in PE4 but didn’t like the way his car drove. He had a good start in the afternoon, but then a gearbox failure caused him to run intermittently with three drive wheels, losing time and the test lead.
Pierre Loubet/Vincent Landais (Ford Puma Rally1) Good morning, they finished third. He had a dust problem at the start of the day and was still in 3rd, he lost two places after the summit but was back in 3rd, passing Craig Breen and taking advantage of Evans’ retirement.
They remained in the front row and Brin passed him early in the afternoon, but then it was the Irishman’s turn to spin and lose position again, with Craig Brin/Paul Nagel (Ford Puma Rally 1) with a 15.5sec Distance ends the day. Nice rhythm, but small mistakes can reverse the time gained with the rhythm. He was lucky not to be “glued” to the wall in PE6.
Dani Sordo/Candido Carrera (Hyundai i20 N Rally1) got off to a bad start but improved, finishing fifth with 16.1 seconds ahead, a decent enough distance to recover.
He won two stages in a row in the morning, rising from 11th to 5th and is in the running for the podium. At least.
Adrien Fourmaux/Alexandre Coria (Ford Puma Rally1) was sixth with a time of 30.8 seconds and the driver was gaining confidence and was doing better than the Portuguese race. He started the day at the top of the Ford team and climbed to sixth despite a puncture, but ended the day in no man’s land with a 14.7-second lead over Takamoto Katsuta/ Aaron Johnston (Toyota GR Yaris Rally1) 34.7 seconds, the latter had a lot of dust problems in the morning and ran slower than the best WRC2.
To make matters worse, Kalle Rovanperä/Jonne Halttunen (Toyota GR Yaris Rally1) finished eighth in 1:13.1. No dust, but a lot of grime to “clean up”. And there are no “miracles” like in Portugal, because in our country the roads were repaired on the first day, and without knowing it, they helped the Finns, because there was so much dirt in these sections, even those that were more People who are far away also suffer.
He started 7.9s from the front, then 12.5, 19.2, 42.5, ripped the rear spoiler off his GR Yaris after a “moment” between the trees, was slower than some WRC2s in the final stages before the assist .
Thierry Neuville/Martijn Wydaeghe (Hyundai i20 N Rally1) ninth, he started wasting time in the dust, if in Portugal he lost more than a minute to a propshaft failure, this time a new transmission failure led to more waste time.
Game over for good results.
To make matters worse, Elfyn Evans/Scott Martin (Toyota GR Yaris Rally1) retired after passing the lead. With a light touch, a moment later, the engine temperature “spiked”. Giving up is inevitable. It lost control in electric mode and gave up shortly after PE4.
Gus Greensmith/Jonas Andersson (Ford Puma Rally1) gave up almost two minutes after losing hope of a good result after a technical problem with the top. The car wouldn’t start and ended up being spoiled.
Andreas Mikkelsen/Torstein Eriksen (Skoda Fabia Evo Rally2) leads the WRC2 Open with 15.8 seconds and leads Nikolay Gryazin/Konstantin Aleksandrov (Skoda Fabia Evo Rally2) after Yohan Rossel/Valentin Sarreaud (Citroën C3 Rally2) leaves the road.

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