Tänak untouchable in Italy

The Estonian dominated the first loop of the Italian event head and shoulders.

Published on 04/06/2021 à 13:16

Gonzalo Forbes

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Tänak untouchable in Italy

Ott Tänak had a perfect morning in Italy. ©DPPI/N. Katikis

The first four stages of the Rally of Italy can be summed up as the total domination ofOtt Tänak. Very fit for his first outings of the weekend, the Hyundai driver left only crumbs to his opponents, and then again.

Fourth in the starting order of the day, the world champion simply took the four scratches in the first loop of the event. Not really rushed on this Sardinian morning, Ott Tänak returned to the service park in Olbia with almost 17 seconds on his runner-up and teammate, Dani Sordo.

Once again in the role of the opener, Sébastien Ogier (Toyota) suffered less than in Portugal a fortnight ago. Although he was logically unable to stand up to Ott Tänak during the four special stages, the Gapençais consoled himself with an honorable 3rd place overall during the lunch break.

Sébastien Ogier also owes this 3rd place to the bad luck of his teammate Kalle Rovanperä. Second in the rally at the start of SS4, the Finn encountered technical problems which forced him to stop in the middle of the special. Unfortunately for him, the hopes of victory are no longer relevant.

Behind, Thierry Neuville (Hyundai) and Elfyn Evans (Toyota) were in difficulty this Friday morning. Not really comfortable on gravel, the first city is in 4th place, already 35 seconds behind the leader while the second is only 1th, more than 6 seconds behind.


General classification after the first four stages

In WRC2, Adrien fourmaux (M-Sport) was unable to complete the loop. Having made a mistake in SS2, the Tricolore broke its suspension and never returned to the road. He is not expected before Saturday just like his teammate Teemu Suninen, entered in the premier category.

Overall, Mads Østberg (TRT) is in the lead ahead of Jari Huttunen and Marco Bulacia. Championship leader Andreas Mikkelsen is only 5th and already 3'28 behind. In a rollover shortly after the start of SS4, the Norwegian lost a lot of time.


WRC2 general classification

 

Gonzalo Forbes

In charge of promotion formulas (F2, F3, FRECA, F4...). Carried by the grace of Franco Colapinto.

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