WRC – Tänak wins Arctic Rally, Rovanperä is the brand new WRC chief
2021 Arctic Rally Finland – Sunday report
Ott Tänak and Martin Järveoja scored their 14th FIA World Rally Championship triumph with a dominant victory on the primary Arctic Rally Finland, which reached an exciting climax south of occasion base in Rovaniemi earlier at the moment.
Driving a Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC, the Estonians led from the beginning and have been distinctive all through on the high-speed Lapland forest roads, which offered a spectacular backdrop to this all-new occasion – and gorgeous photos for followers watching on TV and on-line within the security of their houses world wide.
Putting 17.5s behind Tänak/Järveoja, Flying Finns Kalle Rovanperä and Jonne Halttunen secured the runner-up spot – their finest end within the WRC so far – after successful the Energy Stage of their Toyota Yaris WRC.
The consequence places them on prime of the FIA World Rally Championship after two rounds, with Rovanperä changing into the youngest driver in historical past to guide the title order.
Craig Breen and Paul Nagle had an eventful begin to Sunday’s deciding leg when their Hyundai mechanics heroically accomplished a gearbox change throughout this morning’s 15-minute service in Rovaniemi. Though Breen wasn’t glad along with his first run by the 22.47-kilometre Aittjärvi stage, he was second quickest when the check was repeated because the points-paying Energy Stage, a efficiency that secured fourth within the general outcomes behind third-placed Hyundai team-mates Thierry Neuville and Martijn Wydaeghe.
Neuville/Wydaeghe, who have been competing collectively for less than the second time, have been the highest-seeded finishers, having began the occasion in third place on the street. The Belgians have been 2.3s behind Rovanperä/Halttunen after the ten flat-out, ice-packed phases.
Elfyn Evans and Scott Martin completed fifth with Takamoto Katsuta and Daniel Barritt snatching sixth place within the general classification by 1.2s from Oliver Solberg and Sebastian Marshall when the teenaged World Rally Automobile rookie spun right into a snowbank a handful of corners from the end of the Energy Stage.
Pierre-Louis Loubet and Vincent Landais additionally spun on the identical nook, though a technical subject had already slowed their Hyundai after they restarted on day three following technical points on Saturday.
Finns Teemu Suninen and Mikko Markkula headed residence M-Sport Ford team-mates Gus Greensmith and Elliott Edmondson in eighth. Esapekka Lappi and Janne Ferm secured the FIA WRC2 class honours in a advantageous tenth place following a dominant show by the Finns. One other all-Finnish pairing, Teemu Asunmaa and Marko Salminen, received the FIA WRC3 class.
Janne Tuohino and Reeta Hämäläinen have been non-starters this morning after Tuhino dislocated his left shoulder in a non-rallying accident.
Following their time-consuming off right into a snowbank on Saturday’s closing stage, world champions Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia, secured the ultimate Energy Stage level with the fifth quickest time behind rally winners Tänak/Järveoja.
FIA President Jean Todt and FIA Security Delegate Michèle Mouton joined the rallying group in remembering the lifetime of legendary Finn Hannu Mikkola throughout a minute of silence previous to the rostrum ceremony. Mikkola, the 1983 FIA World Rally champion whom Todt as soon as co-drove throughout his competitors profession and Mouton’s team-mate at Audi, handed away on Friday night aged 78.
2021 Arctic Rally Finland – Last unofficial outcomes:
|1. Ott Tänak (EST) / Martin Järveoja (EST)||Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC||2 hr 03min 49.6sec|
|2. Kalle Rovanperä (FIN) / Jonne Halttunen (FIN)||Toyota Yaris WRC||2 hr 04min 07.1sec|
|3. Thierry Neuville (BEL) / Martin Wydaeghe (BEL)||Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC||2 hr 04min 09.4sec|
|4. Craig Breen (IRL) / Paul Nagle (IRL)||Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC||2 hr 04min 42.2sec|
|5. Elfyn Evans (GBR) / Scott Martin (GBR)||Toyota Yaris WRC||2 hr 04min 51.1sec|
|6. Takamoto Katsuta (JAP) / Daniel Barritt (GBR)||Toyota Yaris WRC||2 hr 05min 27.4sec|
|7. Oliver Solberg (SWE) / Sebastian Marshall (GBR)||Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC||2 hr 05min 28.6sec|
|8. Teemu Suninen (FIN) / Mikko Markkula (FIN)||Ford Fiesta WRC||2 hr 05min 58.6sec|
|9. Gus Greensmith (GBR) / Elliott Edmondson (GBR)||Ford Fiesta WRC||2 hr 07min 29.0sec|
|10. Esapekka Lappi (FIN) / Janne Ferm (FIN) – FIA WRC2||Volkswagen Polo GTI||2 hr 09min 56.6sec|
The complete outcomes could be consulted right here.