The World Cup takes action again at the home of champion Tanak

After 6 months, the contest resumes in Estonia, where everyone agrees to place the local idol as the top favorite. Jan Solans starts his season in WRC3.


They say that no one is a prophet in his land, but the forecasts point to Ott Tanak as a clear favorite in the Rally Estonia. The season, which was abruptly interrupted in the middle of the Rally Mexico six months ago, is resumed in the champion's country, which is hosting a scoring event for the first time. And that is why everyone places him as the target to beat, especially after the sovereign beating he gave them two weeks ago in a local test.

Estonia will be a difficult restart to the season as it is a very fast rally, even more so than Finland, so notes and knowledge of the terrain will be essential. Winner of the last two editions disputed, in which several regulars of the World Cup competed precisely to prepare Finland, Tanak seems already fully adapted to his new Hyundai, with which he has run two tests in Estonia and another in Italy during the break caused by the coronavirus.

Tanak comes home in fifth position in the championship due to his retirement in Monte-Carlo, but after taking two second places in the other two rounds in Monte-Carlo and Sweden. Leading the table Sebastien Ogier after winning in Mexico before the break, with 26 points ahead of the Estonian, a good margin before the sprint finish with only four rallies to decide the champion. The man who is closest to the Frenchman is his teammate Elfyn Evans, with Thierry Neuville already at 20 points and the young Kalle Rovanpera meddling unapologetically in the fight, fourth.

Estonia will be the starting point of Jan Solans' mini-season. After winning the junior title last year, the pandemic truncated his plans and now he has no choice but to risk everything in the remaining four dates. With the support of Ford Spain and Red Bull, Carlos Sainz's protégé has managed to save a program in WRC3 in which he wants to continue proving his worth, although Estonia will be a difficult setting to launch the Fiesta R5, which he could test for two days in Poland .

World Championship

1 Sebastien Ogier, 62

2 Elfyn Evans, 5

Thierry Neuville, 42

4 Kalle Rovanpera, 40

5 Ott Tanak, 38

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