Tanak sees an opportunity to take some points back on the gravel season

Ott Tanak believes that it is a great opportunity for him to bounce back on the WRC title bid as the championship heads to the gravel season with seven consecutive gravel events and waits to understand how the i20N behaves in Portugal compared to Kenya.

The Estonian driver is currently fourth on the championship, six and thirty-three points behind Adrien Fourmaux and Thierry Neuville respectively, as he had a difficult start in 2024. More specifically, he has finished in fourth place overall twice so far (Rallye Monte Carlo, Croatia Rally) while he had two restarts under the SuperRally regulations due to the fact that he clipped a snowbank and damaged the radiator in Sweden and hit a rock in Kenya resulting in collapsing the suspension of his i20N. However, he could be much closer to his title rivals, Neuville and Elfyn Evans, as he was in the fight for the lead of Rally Sweden before his retirement in Stage 4. Last but not least, it must be mentioned that he was the second-highest rewarded driver in Croatia and scored one point more than the championship leading duo on the fourth WRC round.

"It is definitely the opportunity now to score points and I really hope that we find a good feeling in the car, and obviously we haven’t been driving on gravel for a long time", Tanak said.

"Safari was very specific but basically the test will be our first feeling on gravel and hopefully we can make it work and be competitive in Portugal.

"Like I said Safari is very unique and very rough, so the cars are quite different when we go to Portugal, so let’s see how we compare".

Source: Motorsport.com

Photo Credits: Hyundai

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