Ott Tanak does not give option in the 'back to school' in his country

The current champion dominated the local Estonian event that has once again brought together the main 'swords' of the World Cup.


Ott Tanak's notice in the 'back to school' of the main 'swords' of the World Cup. The reigning champion dominated the South Estonian Rally from start to finish, a local event that served to reunite the protagonists of the contest. He did not give a choice, he won seven of the eight special stages and made it clear that it will be difficult to beat him when the championship resumes on the first weekend of September also in his country.

161 days after the championship was interrupted in Mexico by the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic Tanak, Sebastien Ogier, Elfyn Evans, Thierry Neuville, Kalle Rovanpera and Esapekka Lappi have seen each other again. It has been in a test held in the town of Vöru where they have again faced each other with the timer as referee. And his verdict has been unappealable: Tanak has not given a choice.

The only one who has presented him some opposition was the young Rovanpera, who managed to win the only stage in which Tanak did not prevail, and finished second at 13.7 seconds. Ogier was further behind, and Neuville still further behind. The worst stopped was Evans, the surprise of the season, who suffered a brutal accident in which his Toyota was destroyed, but without damage to its occupants.

The first confrontation after the coronavirus crisis and the last dress rehearsal before the World Championship finally resumes with the Rally Estonia on September 4 has made it clear that Tanak is going to sell his skin dearly, at least in his country. The champion wants to reissue the crown, now with Hyundai, and will begin his reconquest at home with the peace of mind that he is superior in his field.

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