The Good, The Bad and an impressed Tanak

The Good, The Bad and an impressed Tanak

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High Performer – Ott Tanak and Martin Jarveoja

Victory in Finland driving inferior equipment in opposition to the may of Toyota on residence soil, and the in-form Kalle Rovanpera, was one thing particular. Hyundai’s Ott Tanak and Martin Jarveoja had been merely in a distinct league in Finland and rightfully deserve the highest performer award.

The reality Tanak described this as his “greatest” and “most satisfying” win from a WRC profession that has yielded 16 victories, goes someway in explaining what he achieved at this 12 months’s gravel grand prix.

The 2019 world champion needed to wrestle an unpredictable i20 N by some probably the most revered and demanding roads on the WRC calendar, whereas heading off a fleet of Toyotas. Contemplating Tanak was crushed on comparable roads by virtually two minutes in Estonia, three weeks in the past, added additional gloss to a primary win for Hyundai in Toyota’s yard of Jyvaskyla.

Tanak’s drive was most assault from begin to end and paying homage to a Colin McRae all or nothing method, and it was the previous that gained by.

PLUS: How Tanak spoiled Rovanpera’s Finnish homecoming

The Estonian admitted to his arms shaking after runs by phases, showcasing the unbelievable dedication to haul the perfect from his i20 N that his team-mates Thierry Neuville and Oliver Solberg had been unable to unlock. Whereas overtly admitting that Finland’s roads should not amongst his favorite, Neuville completed greater than two minutes adrift regardless of a hassle free run.

Tanak additionally confirmed his class by heading off two concerted assaults from Toyota. First, he stayed forward of Esapekka Lappi, who closed to inside 3.8s of the lead on the finish of Friday. However this efficiency was bettered by holding off a charging Rovanpera throughout Saturday and Sunday to defeat the championship chief by 6.8s.

This victory will most undoubtedly be a contender for drive of the season.

Kalle Rovanpera, Jonne Halttunen, Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Toyota GR Yaris Rally1

Picture by: McKlein / Motorsport Photos

Honourable mentions: Kalle Rovanpera, Jari Huttunen

Rovanpera confronted a weight of expectation for his homecoming following a dominant begin to the season that’s extremely prone to finish with the 21-year-old turning into the youngest ever world champion.

Nonetheless, Rovanpera thrived below the strain and was boosted by the overwhelming assist he acquired from the 1000’s of followers that lined the phases. Rovanpera threw every part at making an attempt to attain a win that he and the gang craved but didn’t essentially want given his commanding lead within the championship. Ultimately he got here up solely 6.8s quick regardless of opening the roads, which left him 21.0s adrift on Friday.

Rovanpera claimed eight stage wins, together with the facility stage to showcase his dedication whereas offering loads for his followers to cheer. This was a really managed and mature drive because the Finn prolonged his championship result in 94 factors over Tanak, who has now jumped Neuville for second within the standings.

Jari Huttunen, Mikko Lukka, M-Sport Ford World Rally Team Ford Puma Rally1

Jari Huttunen, Mikko Lukka, M-Sport Ford World Rally Group Ford Puma Rally1

Picture by: M-Sport

M-Sport Rally1 debutant Jari Huttunen impressed many operating as excessive as eighth earlier than a gas strain drawback robbed him of a head turning maiden outcome. The Finn did not put a foot flawed and recovered to ninth to assert factors on his high tier debut.

Kalle Rovanpera, Jonne Halttunen, Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Toyota GR Yaris Rally1

Kalle Rovanpera, Jonne Halttunen, Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Toyota GR Yaris Rally1

Picture by: Crimson Bull Content material Pool

Group of the Week: Toyota Gazoo Racing

Toyota could not have clinched the victory everybody anticipated on its residence soil after dropping out to an impressed Tanak, however it did as soon as once more present its dominance. 

All 4 of its GR Yaris entries completed inside the highest six to stipulate that it has constructed the present pacesetter within the Rally1 hybrid period. Rovanpera headed the fleet forward of Esapekka Lappi, who showcased the power and the resilience of the GR Yaris to carry a wounded automobile, that had rolled 3 times, to complete third. 

Elfyn Evans drove to a stable fourth regardless of a left rear suspension problem whereas Takamoto Katsuta completed a reputable sixth to take care of his run of ending each rally this 12 months within the factors.

Ott Tanak, Martin Jarveoja, Hyundai World Rally Team Hyundai i20 N Rally1 with the team

Ott Tanak, Martin Jarveoja, Hyundai World Rally Group Hyundai i20 N Rally1 with the crew

Picture by: Romain Thuillier / Hyundai Motorsport

Hyundai Motorsport definitely impressed and deserves loads of credit score in Finland to finish the rally with none reliability points, however it seems that this shock win was extra all the way down to Tanak’s brilliance than the i20 N being the catalyst for victory.

A look on the stage winners board highlights Toyota’s velocity benefit, with the marque racking up 14 stage wins to Hyundai’s seven. The solely thorn in Toyota’s aspect was Tanak, who spoiled the crew’s celebration.  

Second of Heartbreak

Oliver Solberg’s Rally Finland was over earlier than it had barely begun when he crashed out on the primary nook of Stage 2 on Friday. The Swede misplaced management of the rear of his i20 N by a medium velocity left hander and ran huge right into a ditch earlier than rolling. The affect broken the roll cage of his i20 N, spelling an early finish to his rally.

 

An emotional Solberg was left devastated by the incident, however regardless of the tears and frustration he nonetheless made time to signal autographs for followers within the service park afterwards.

 

M-Sport’s Craig Breen began the occasion in a promising trend main the Ford crew’s assault and was effectively entrenched within the high 5 when his hopes of a factors end evaporated on Stage 12.

The Irishman misjudged a crest leading to an affect with a rock-filled grass financial institution that ripped the correct rear wheel from his Puma.

Esapekka Lappi, Janne Ferm, Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Toyota GR Yaris Rally1

Esapekka Lappi, Janne Ferm, Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Toyota GR Yaris Rally1

Picture by: Toyota Racing

Whereas Toyota’s Esapekka Lappi completed the rally third in weird circumstances, his victory hopes had been ended by a freak incident with a rock on Stage 15. Extremely, his GR Yaris flicked up a rock that cannoned off a tree and rebounded into the automobile’s windscreen, inflicting a number of cracks proper within the driver’s eye-line.

Unable to obviously see the place to place the automobile over the jumps, Lappi was pressured to again off and fell out of the combat for the win.

“The final stage [on Saturday] was the worst with the low solar. It was like a mirror, the windscreen, and I wanted to decelerate many instances,” he mentioned. “I simply couldn’t see something.”

Fortunate Escapes

Kalle Rovanpera has ridden his luck at instances this season however maybe none extra so than the 2 wild moments he survived in Finland.

Rovanpera ran huge right into a ditch in Friday’s closing stage that made his co-driver Jonne Halttunen yelp in fear earlier than Rovanpera laughed off the incident.

“It was a nook which I checked within the recce and I knew you might go huge, in case you go huge,” he mentioned.

Nonetheless the second (beneath) was rather more critical as Rovanpera someway managed to proceed after operating off the highway.

 

Esapekka Lappi’s journey to 3rd is feasible one of many strangest in WRC historical past. The Finn, sitting comfortably in third, rolled his GR Yaris after getting caught in a rut on a decent left hander on the penultimate stage.

The automobile rolled 3 times earlier than touchdown on its wheels with important injury to the rear wing, windscreen, roof and radiator.

Nonetheless, Lappi managed to re-fire the automobile and reached the stage finish, dropping solely 18s within the course of.

With energy steering oil and fluid escaping from the automobile, a fast pondering Lappi picked up some water bottles at stage finish, earlier than driving to a close-by lake to collect extra water to re-fill the radiator.

 

Whereas stopped on the lake, Lappi and co-driver Janne Ferm labored to repair the leaks and eliminated the damaged windscreen, earlier than heading to the ultimate stage with the pair pressured to put on goggles for defense.

The duo then accomplished the stage regardless of shedding a part of the automobile’s roof that required Ferm to shout the tempo notes to his driver so as to navigate by the take a look at, to safe third within the strangest of circumstances.

 

High Tweets

WRC automobiles at full flight on Finland’s quick and undulating gravel roads is a sight to behold. 

 

Tanak made positive he did not obtain a repeat of his Rally Estonia penalty for failing to put on a Pirelli model podium cap, whereas Lappi and Ferm lapped up their podium after peering by goggles on the ultimate stage.

 

The response upon listening to your team-mate has misplaced solely 18s after rolling his automobile 3 times.

 

Ever puzzled what it’s wish to be a WRC co-driver at Rally Finland? 

 

Sizzling Pictures

Podium: Winners Ott Tanak, Martin Jarveoja, Hyundai World Rally Team Hyundai i20 N Rally1, second place Kalle Rovanpera, Jonne Halttunen, Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Toyota GR Yaris Rally1, third place Esapekka Lappi, Janne Ferm, Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Toyota GR Yaris Rally1

Podium: Winners Ott Tanak, Martin Jarveoja, Hyundai World Rally Group Hyundai i20 N Rally1, second place Kalle Rovanpera, Jonne Halttunen, Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Toyota GR Yaris Rally1, third place Esapekka Lappi, Janne Ferm, Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Toyota GR Yaris Rally1

Picture by: McKlein / Motorsport Photos

Kalle Rovanpera, Jonne Halttunen, Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Toyota GR Yaris Rally1

Kalle Rovanpera, Jonne Halttunen, Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Toyota GR Yaris Rally1

Picture by: Toyota Racing

Esapekka Lappi, Janne Ferm, Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Toyota GR Yaris Rally1

Esapekka Lappi, Janne Ferm, Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Toyota GR Yaris Rally1

Picture by: McKlein / Motorsport Photos

Craig Breen, Paul Nagle, M-Sport Ford World Rally Team Ford Puma Rally1

Craig Breen, Paul Nagle, M-Sport Ford World Rally Group Ford Puma Rally1

Picture by: M-Sport

Craig Breen, Paul Nagle, M-Sport Ford World Rally Team Ford Puma Rally1

Craig Breen, Paul Nagle, M-Sport Ford World Rally Group Ford Puma Rally1

Picture by: M-Sport

Ott Tanak, Martin Jarveoja, Hyundai World Rally Team Hyundai i20 N Rally1 with the team

Ott Tanak, Martin Jarveoja, Hyundai World Rally Group Hyundai i20 N Rally1 with the crew

Picture by: Austral / Hyundai Motorsport

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