Updates: 14.07.2021 11:21
Tartu (Estonia) – Hydraie factory driver Ott Tänak will attack the fourth victory in a row at the home Estonian rally and the fifth overall triumph in his career. In addition, a possible success would return him to the game for the title of world champion, as he is only fourth in the standings of the series and loses an abysmal 64 points to the leading Frenchman Sébastien Ogier in the middle of the season.
“It’s great to race at home again, last year we achieved an unforgettable result here, when we won for the first time in the colors of the Hyundai Motorsport team,” said Tänak, who dominated the domestic rally during its premiere in the world championship. “We still believe that we can fight for a similar result this year, because we know that our car can be fast in these conditions,” said the 33-year-old pilot who dominated the Arctic Rally in Finland this year.
Ogier will stand well in the start, who will strive for the third victory in the World Cup in a row and the fifth in the season. “Winning four rallies a season is great and better than we expected. It’s hard to win at the moment because the competition is great. As I say, I’m very happy so far,” said the seven-time world champion, who sees the race in Estonia as a big challenge.
“Especially because I’m going first. But I’ll try to score points. Roads will be much smoother than in Kenya, so I’ll be able to focus on driving and driving on the edge. It’s always difficult on fast lines from northern Europe, but I think that it is a challenge that every pilot enjoys, “said Ogier, who is going through his last full season at the World Championships.
Teammates Tänak and Ogiera, led by the British Elfyn Evans, who is second in the championship, also have ambitions to take part in the fight for victory. “We know that the foundation is very good on fast sections, but for various reasons we did not get one hundred percent of them last year. When testing, we tried to prepare the car so that we were as prepared as possible,” said Evans, who believes the team will succeed. set up cars better than a year ago.
The Estonian rally will start on Thursday with a city special stage in Tartu, and in the next three days another 23 erzets are scheduled.
Current standings of the World Cup (after 6 out of 12 races):
1. Ogier (Fr./Toyota Yaris) 133, 2. Evans (Brit./Toyota Yaris) 99, 3. Neuville (Belg./Hyundai i20) 77, 4. Tänak (Est./Hyundai i20) 69, 5. Kacuta (Jap./Toyota Yaris) 66, 6. Rovanperä (Fin./Toyota Yaris) 56.
Team ranking: 1. Toyota 273, 2. Hyundai 214, 3. M-Sport Ford 109, 4. Hyundai 2C 28.
Source: České noviny – sport by www.ceskenoviny.cz.
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