WRC: Ott Tanak is on his way to winning the Sardinia Rally

WRC: Ott Tanak is on his way to winning the Sardinia Rally

After finishing 0.7 seconds behind Esapekka Lappi / Janne Ferm (Toyota GR Yaris Rally1) on the second day of the race, the Finnish athlete retired in the first stage of the day, which meant that Ott Tänak / Martin Järveoja (Hyundai i20 N Rally1) Craig Breen / Paul Nagle (Ford Puma Rally1) was more than 20 seconds ahead, they were comfortable in the front, then they took good leadership, at the end of the day they expanded the margin to 45 seconds, this figure should be. Adrien Fourmaux has been redesigned due to a red flag caused by an accident at PE17.
The fight for second place intensified, and after Craig Breen and Dani Sordo / Candido Carrera (Hyundai i20 N Rally1) started fourth and fifth in 0.6 seconds a day, the Spaniard’s mistake in crossing the water caused the Hyundai engine to stop. and most of the difference between the two came about after about 20 seconds (after a few approaches and departures during the day) and the replacement of Pierre Loubet / Vincent Landaisi (Ford Puma Rally1), which started the day. in the third, it doesn’t take a position, but they still have a big race, because the fourth place is almost guaranteed.
Adrien Fourmaux / Alexandre Coria (Ford Puma Rally1) were racing in a row, they were fifth, but crashed in the last part of the day and stopped the rally.
After two hard days, Kalle Rovanperä / Jonne Halttunen (Toyota GR Yaris Rally1) retained her best sixth place as a result of a temporary sixth place, thanks to some scholarships ahead of her.
Takamoto Katsuta / Aaron Conston (Toyota GR Yaris Rally1) is seventh in the worst race of the year to date.
After yesterday’s delay, Guus Greensmith / Jonas Andersson (Ford Puma Rally1) did not have much success, he just drove without making big commitments.
The day went badly for Thierry Neuville / Martijn Wydaeghe (Hyundai i20 N Rally1), who is recovering from yesterday’s problems, but a roll in PE13 knocked them out.
Esapekka Lappi / Janne Ferm (Toyota GR Yaris Rally1) came in as the leader today, but was in great trouble because the stone distracted her from her trajectory in a narrow area and an accident and consequent abandonment was inevitable.
Andreas Mikkelsen / Torstein Eriksen (Skoda Fabia Evo Rally2) also retired, handing over the WRC2 team to Nikolai Gryazin / Konstantin Alexandrova (Skoda Fabia Evo Rally2).
The last part of the second day was remembered with great confusion after Adrien Fourmaux left the road. Recovery teams were shown a red flag to take the crashed car off the road, but as soon as it happened, the part was restored, but shortly afterwards, Craig Breen and Ott Tanaka were shown a new red flag, but
by mistake. The FIA ​​analyzed the situation and corrected the error by adjusting the differences at the end of the second day of the race, taking into account what the drivers did in the “normal” parts.

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2nd day movie

Ott Tänak had one of the few perfect rally days he hadn’t experienced in a long time. He went fast without Lappi’s slippage, he was already the leader in the divisions and after that he was irresistible and even managed the pace and won the divisions after divisions.
He was always in control of operations, raising the margin for Craig Breen first to 29.8 seconds, then to 30.9 seconds, to 37.2 seconds, and he reached 46.0. Under normal circumstances, the rally won, hopefully Hyundai will not be mechanically damaged, because it would be really unfair.
Craig Bren finished the day in second place after a good fight with Dani Sordo. He passed Pierre-Louis Loubeti quickly with the Spaniard, saw Breen break off the edge of the wheel, did not miss much because it was near the end of the stage, had some difficulty with the prices he received in one of the stages. , made a mistake at some point, Sordo reached 1.5 seconds, but Breen always reacted, and the Spaniard’s error difference in PE16 dug up to 20.8 seconds.
Dani Sordo responded well, there were some mishaps here and there, for example, there was a “strong compression” in the second passage from the part where Lappi was, in one part the hood did not close and made it difficult. to see when a side is opened, resulting in more time loss. It wasn’t the pace that put him behind 20th in Breen, but the failures and the bad tire choice for the first leg of the afternoon.
Pierre-Louis Loubet is the best rally of the WRC era. He was the best Ford, he managed not to want to go after Breen and Sordon, because he still has no “skin” for it, and maybe that’s why he took fourth place, if not, it is practically guaranteed. t make a mistake or have a mechanical problem.
Adrien Fourmaux scored again. This time he was under pressure from the rovanpera in the last part of the 2nd day. It is better to let him pass without a fight than to shoot him again.
The correction is worse than the sonnet.
In the morning he slowly lowered the margin for Loubet, which was his obligation, he could have gone further, but he was punctured, the wheel came out of the ring, and thus lost a lot of time and was under pressure. Kalle Rovanperä, who started the eighth and fifth day.
Very little can be done, because it is difficult for Loubet to catch the rest for about 50 seconds.
After Takamoto Katsuta hit his unequal shoulder hard, Yaris’s engine made the biggest mistake in PE11 when he aggressively cut off the hook.
Gus Greensmith runs too late, ahead of Nikolai Gryazin, Yan Solans, 44.9 seconds and Chris Ingram 15.3 seconds ahead of WRC2.
Among the retired horsemen, Esapekka Lappi was unlucky and became the leader in the accident. A rock on the road led him off the road and out of control, he hit everything visible outside, leaving the remains of the car more than 50 meters away. It was very bad …
Thierry Neuville lost almost two minutes on day 1 due to a transmission failure, walked well in the second, lost a few more seconds to save the life of a passing dog, but overturned in PE12 at Tempio Pausania. . He put the car on all four wheels, but the i20 N Rally1 was badly damaged to continue.
Elfyn Evans had another problem with a broken suspension on the PE16. Another failed rally.

1st day movie
Esapekka Lappi / Janne Ferm (Toyota GR Yaris Rally1) started the day in 5th place with caution due to the dust, but after the problems of Elfyn Evans quickly moved to the front in today’s second stage. The touch of the rock in Monti di Ala and Budduso frightened them, they took the lead, but after Lappi’s puncture, Tanak took the lead, not losing much time, being 3.7 seconds ahead.
In the afternoon, he was 6.4 seconds away from the front, but the Estonian had a mechanical problem with the PE7, which allowed Esapekka Lappi to lead.
Ott Tänak / Martin Järveoja (Hyundai i20 N Rally1) is in second place with 0.7 seconds, but if he did not have a new mechanical problem with Hyundai, he could be ahead.
He started the day in seconds, drove ahead in the PE4, but didn’t like the way his car was doing. .
Good morning from Pierre Loubet / Vincent Landais (Ford Puma Rally1), they took 3rd place. He started the day with a dust problem, still third, losing two positions after the summit, but Craig passed third and took advantage of Evans’ retirement to return to third.
They remained in the front positions, in the afternoon Breen passed him, but then it was the turn of the Irishman to turn and lose position, Craig Breen / Paul Nagl (Ford Puma Rally1) finished the day in 15.5 seconds from the front. Good tempo, but small mistakes that reverse the time gained with tempo. He was lucky not to “stick” to the wall in PE6.
Dani Sordo / Candido Carrera (Hyundai i20 N Rally1) started the day badly, but improved and finished fifth in the distance, which was quite recoverable by 16.1 seconds ahead.
In the morning, he won two consecutive rounds, rising from 11th to 5th place and vying for the podium. At least.
Adrien Fourmaux / Alexandre Coria (Ford Puma Rally1) is sixth with 30.8 seconds, the driver is gaining confidence and is racing better than Portugal. He started the day as the Ford’s best, climbing to sixth despite being punched, but finished the day 14.7 seconds behind no one and 34.7 seconds ahead of Takamoto Katsuta / Aaron Johnston (Toyota GR Yaris Rally1). there were a lot of dust problems in the mornings that worked slower than the best WRC2s.
Even worse, Kalle Rovanperä / Jonne Halttunen (Toyota GR Yaris Rally1), who finished the day in eighth place with a time of 1m13.1 seconds. No dust, but a lot of dirt to “clean”. There was no “miracle” here, as in Portugal, because on the first day we repaired the roads and unknowingly helped the Finns, because the parts were so dirty that even those who came back suffered. .
After tearing off the rear spoiler of the GR Yaris and spending a “moment” among the trees, it was 7.9 seconds ahead, then 12.5, 19.2, 42.5 seconds after being in the final stage before slowing down from some WRC2s. began rapidly.
For ninth-place Thierry Neuville / Martijn Wydaeghe (Hyundai i20 N Rally1), he initially lost time in the dust and lost more than a minute in Portugal due to a transmission shaft failure, but this time the new transmission failure resulted in more losses. time.
The game is over for a good result.
Worse, it was Elfyn Evans / Scott Martin (Toyota GR Yaris Rally1) who retired after taking the lead. The touch of a rock and after a few minutes the engine temperature is “high”. Abandonment was inevitable. He lost control of the power mode and gave up on PE4 shortly after.
Guus Greensmith / Jonas Andersson (Ford Puma Rally1) was disappointed with a good result after a technical failure after a rotating wholesale and lost almost two minutes. The car did not start and the result was bad.
Andreas Mikkelsen / Torstein Eriksen (Skoda Fabia Evo Rally2) leads the WRC2 open race with 15.8 seconds, followed by Nikolai Gryazin / Konstantin Alexandrova (Skoda Fabia Evo Rally2) after Johan Rossel / Valentin Sarreaud (Citroën C3 Rally2).

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