Tanak explains his Saturday retirement at Safari Rally

Ott Tanak is talking about his retirement on Saturday at Safari Rally Kenya and about what happened in Stage 10.

The Estonian driver was fourth overall at the end of Stage 9 and was chasing Takamoto Katsuta for the final place of the podium, but a mechanical issue hit him in Stage 10.

More specifically, there was a terrible sound coming from the engine and stopped twice in SS10 with the intention of understanding what was wrong with his i20N.

Eventually, he was not able to continue in that stage due to the damaged propshaft and retired for the rest of the Saturday afternoon loop.

However, it must be mentioned that this was not the only problem that the Hyundai driver faced in Kenya as the hear lever of his i20N was broken in Stage 2 and had to change the gear by pulling the horizontal rod in that stage while he used the spare wheel brace as a gear lever in Stage 3 and 4 until he came back for the midday service on Friday.

"Basically suddenly we got some noise and immediately also some fire, and yeah basically we stopped and checked but it was somewhere in the transmission and the underbody is closed so we couldn’t really see what it was at that moment", Tanak said.

"We tried to continue but even slowly it was still catching fire so we would have just burnt the car down".

"It’s the propshaft".

Source: DirtFish.com

Photo Credits: Hyundai

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