Ott Tanak rules at home from the start

The Estonian won the Estonian shakedown, where the engines roared again after six months in silence


Engines have roared again in Estonia. After half a year in silence, the World Rally Championship is back in action. 25 weeks after the cars went silent in Mexico, the excitement has resumed. End to 175 endless days of waiting with host Ott Tanak making it clear from the first moment that he does not want to give a choice in his country.

The champion prevailed without hesitation in the 'shakedown' that opened the test. In the 6.2 kilometer section of Abisaare, he was setting time after time that no one could match. In sunny weather, the special was a preview of what this new rally in the championship will bring us: very fast dirt roads with good floors and many jumps. The land that gave birth to a Tanak who wants to destroy his own.

In the first pass, the most significant because it started in the same order as in the first stage, the Estonian endorsed one second to the next, which was none other than Sebastien Ogier, who opened the track. And so the rest of the morning continued, ending with an advantage of almost a second and a half over Sebastien Ogier, followed by Esapekka Lappi, who was the one who gave the most passes of the best, Kalle Rovanpera and Thierry Neuville. Jan Solans took it easy and took the opportunity to continue adapting to his new Ford Fiesta R5.

The test starts this afternoon at 18.08 Spanish time, with a short superspecial that will serve as a preamble to the two days tomorrow and the day after, in which the starting order does not seem to affect as much as in other gravel rallies. It has rained the last days and the floor is compact, in addition to the order will be changed midway through Saturday's stage.

Classification 'shakedown'

1 Tanak-Javeoja (Est / Hyundai), 2: 56.8

2 Ogier-Ingrassia (Fra / Toyota), a 1.4s

Lappi-Ferm (Fin / Ford), at 1.5s

4 Rovanpera-Halttunen (Fin / Toyota), a 1.6s

5 Neuville-Gilsoul (Bel / Hyundai), a 1.8s

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