Rovanpera continues on a roll and Tanak retires

The young Finn remains in the lead followed closely by Breen, while the local idol falls victim to punctures.


The illusions of an entire country have collapsed at the first change. Ott Tanak, the local idol in Rally Estonia, has had to retire after suffering three punctures in the home test. He has cleared the way for Kalle Rovanpera, who remains in the lead midway through the first stage, albeit with Craig Breen following close behind.

Friday dawned smiling for Tanak, who scored the best time in the section that opened the day and took the lead. But the joy was short-lived, because in the next he suffered a puncture that made him lose almost half a minute, and in the third his performance ended when he punctured two other wheels and ran out of spare parts. It was the end for him, who expected a lot from the home test, in which he dominated at will a year ago.

The head duel remained centered between Rovanpera and Breen, although with a slight advantage for the Finn, who led the Irishman by 4.8 seconds after five stages contested. Third is a Sebastien Ogier who, despite opening the track and cleaning the gravel for the rest, clings tooth and nail to a good result. They are followed by Thierry Neuville, who punctured and gave up some time, and Elfyn Evans, who is not shining in his 100th rally in the World Championship.

The abandonment chapter not only has Tanak on its list, but Katamoto Katsuta has also retired due to back problems with his co-driver, Daniel Barritt, and Gus Greensmith due to the failure of the water pump. Pepe López was fifth in WRC3 after the first four stages.


1. Rovanpera-Halttunen (Fin / Toyota), 34m 37.9s

2. Breen-Nagle (Irl / Hyundai), at 4.8

. Ogier-Ingrassia (Fra / Toyota), at 33.5

4. Neuville-Wydaeghe (Bel / Hyundai), at 40.3

5. Evans-Martin (Gbr / Toyota), at 46.9

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