The young Stilo driver, Ott Tanak (Navigator Jarveoja) at the wheel of the formidable Ford Fiesta WRC 17 has written his name into history by winning a round of the World Championship. At the Rally of Sardinia (Italy), the seventh round of the WRC, the duel between the champion Stilo drivers Thierry Neuville (Navigator Gilsoul – Hyundai i20 WRC 17) and Tanak was absolutely intense.
Neuville, unfortunately had to abandon his dream of victory in the final stages when a problem relegated him to third place. The classification highlighted the dominance of our products with the leaders among those using Stilo products.
After his initial success, Ott had this to say; “We’ve been close many times so I was sure the win would come someday, but it was very important to do it here in Sardinia”, said the M-Sport World Rally Team driver. “I knew in Poland there would have been big pressure, so I was already really trying in Portugal to get the win. After this it gets easier to go there”.
Three times Tanak has come close to breaking his own win duck. He eventually finished second in Poland last year and repeated that in Britain and then again in Sweden this year. So many near misses made it easier to cope with the expectation in Italy yesterday. “Many times it has been close. Maybe because of this it was not so difficult to handle it. I had quite a lot of pressure before the last stage because I knew there was no road anymore. It was destroyed, so it was quite difficult but I managed to do the job”, he added.
Tanak said winning in the most open WRC season for many years was special. “The championship is really tight at the moment. For me the sport is really on a high so I’m happy to win the rally in this situation, where the gaps are small and many people are fighting”, he said.
The full interview can be found on www.wrc.com