Ott Tanak (Ford Fiesta WRC Plus – Team M-Sport) fought his way back into the World Title, and is challenging Ogier and Neuville for the World Championship.
The young Estonian driver, who of course is one of many who uses STILO, took his second WRC win, ahead of other drivers using STILO equipment. Andreas Mikkelson (navigator Jarveoia) took second place at the wheel of the Citroen C3 WRC Plus, ahead of four-time champion Sebastien Ogier (navigator – Ingrassia, Team M-Sport). With success in Germany, Tanak now lies in third place in the series and certainly in with a chance of taking the title.
Ott Tänak (1st) said:
“What can I say, this has been a very tricky rally and there were a lot of other favourites but we just did everything right. We’ve won on Tarmac and we know we can win on gravel, so now there’s no reason why we shouldn’t be challenging for victory everywhere.
The car really has been fantastic all weekend so a massive thanks to the team who have worked so hard in the lead-up to this event. I was able to take a lot of confidence from that and when the conditions were a bit more consistent it really was just so enjoyable to drive.
It’s been a great weekend and I think we made the difference on Friday. It was a really clean run and we were very brave on the tyre choices which turned out to be a good call. After that it was just a case of controlling the lead.
Another win feels good and with three events to go I don’t see why we shouldn’t be looking to the guys ahead and to the championship lead ourselves. If you want to fight for the championship you have to keep winning, and that is what we plan to do.”
(Intervista di Team M-Sport Media)
OVERALL CLASSIFICATION top-5
- Ott Tänak / Martin Järveoja (Ford Fiesta WRC) 2:57:31.7
2. Andreas Mikkelsen / Ander Jaeger (Citroen C3 WRC) +16.4
3. Sébastien Ogier / Julien Ingrassia (Ford Fiesta WRC) +30.4
4. Juho Hänninen / Kaj Lindstrom (Toyota Yaris WRC) +1:49.2
5. Craig Breen / Scott Martin (Citroen C3 WRC) +2:01.5
DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS top-5
- Sébastien Ogier – 177
2. Thierry Neuville – 160
3. Ott Tänak – 144
4. Jari-Matti Latvala – 123
5. Dani Sordo – 89