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WRC – Tänak dominates Day 1 on Artic Rally Finland

2021-02-26 19:39:00

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2021 Arctic Rally Finland – Friday

Ott Tänak threw down the gauntlet in Lapland’s frozen forests by successful the opening two pace checks to construct a dominant lead at Arctic Rally Finland Powered by CapitalBox on Friday evening.

The Estonian was the category of the sphere within the first of three days of Arctic motion. He was quickest within the first 31.05km Sarriojärvi take a look at by 3.6sec earlier than crushing his rivals by nearly 10sec within the repeat run in darkness.

Tänak returned to the in a single day halt in Rovaniemi with a 16.2sec benefit over Hyundai i20 team-mate Craig Breen, with dwelling hero Kalle Rovanperä 20.4sec adrift in a Toyota Yaris in third.

Pirelli’s tyres offered wonderful grip because the tungsten-tipped studded rubber bit into the snow and ice-covered roads. Tänak was one of many few frontrunners to gamble on only one spare tyre for the pair of phases.

Breen, returning to the FIA World Rally Championship after a four-rally absence, was rapidly again within the groove. High thrice on each phases put the Irishman forward of the keen 20-year-old Rovanperä.

The Finn’s first stage break up instances had been faster than Tänak, however a mistake after the midpoint slowed his progress. On roads affected by difficult blind crests, he recorded the highest pace, clocking a outstanding 204.8kph within the second move.

Thierry Neuville put a 3rd i20 into the highest 4. The Belgian was 9.4sec behind Rovanperä and complained of understeer within the second run, however he had 2.2sec in hand over Elfyn Evans’ Toyota Yaris in fifth.

Teemu Suninen was sixth in a Ford Fiesta, with Takamoto Katsuta 4.3sec again in seventh in one other Yaris.

Oliver Solberg was a outstanding eighth on his championship World Rally Automotive debut. {The teenager} made a minor mistake within the opening stage in his i20, however was fourth within the second move, regardless of being guided by stand-in co-driver Seb Marshall for the primary time.

Championship chief Sébastien Ogier was nearly 50sec off the lead in ninth in his Yaris. Street circumstances improved progressively so first within the order proved a tricky job for the Frenchman, particularly as snow flurries left free powder on the floor for the second move.

Gus Greensmith accomplished the leaderboard in a Fiesta however Pierre-Louis Loubet’s hopes took a setback within the second run when he misplaced greater than 3min 30sec after altering a flat tyre.

In FIA WRC2, native hero and 2020 WRC contender Esapekka Lappi tops the provisional leaderboard with a Movisport-entered Volkswagen Polo GTI with a lead of 13.6s over his team-mate Nicolay Gryazin and Toksport’s championship chief Andreas Mikkelsen in a Škoda Fabian Evo.

In FIA WRC3, Finland’s Emil Lindholm is 10.9s forward of nationwide champion Teemu Asunmaa. Estonia’s Egon Kaur is third the in a single day standings; one other 10.4s behind.

The majority of the rally takes place in Saturday’s second leg. A compact clockwise route south-east of Rovaniemi is pushed twice, with service in between. The ultimate stage runs in darkness and the six checks add as much as 144.04km of motion.

The provisional outcomes could be consulted right here.

 

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