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Q&A - Ott Tanak, M-Sport

Ott Tanak looks ahead to his outing in an M-Sport run Ford Fiesta RS WRC in Wales
Q:
Hi Ott, can you please tell us a bit about your rallying history and how you first got into motorsport?

Ott Tanak:
My father was driving at national level from 1988-2003 so it was quite an easy choice for me. In the beginning I competed in some junior rallies and a few rallycross events but I started in 2004 with proper rallies. Until 2007 I was driving a VW Golf Mk2 and then I did one year with a Renault Clio. After that I started to work with Markko [Märtin] who has helped me progress to the world rallying scene.

Q:
You've already tried the Ford Fiesta RS WRC at M-Sport – how did you like the car?

Ott Tanak:
For sure it's a lot faster with a turbocharger! So far I have most of the experience from asphalt but I'm really happy with my Ford Fiesta S2000 on gravel so I am certain the Ford Fiesta RS WRC can only be better...

Q:
What are your thoughts about Wales Rally GB, do you think it will be a good event for you?

Ott Tanak:
I competed at last year's event in a Group N car so I have some idea of the roads and the conditions. I also know that it's a really tricky event and it will not be easy. [Ott finished first in the Production Car World Rally Championship (P-WRC), at last year's Wales Rally GB].

Q:
What has been your best memory/highlight as a rally driver so far?

Ott Tanak:
This year's Rally Italia Sardegna was good for me because we had our first win in the S-WRC with the Ford Fiesta S2000. [Ott was seventh overall and holds the record as the highest placed Ford Fiesta S2000 in a WRC event]

Q:
What has been your worst moment?

Ott Tanak:
That's an easy question to answer – it was definitely to lose our fight for victory in the S-WRC this year at Spain. To finish runner-up is the first loser!

Q:
How is your relationship with Markko [Martin?]

Ott Tanak:
We are good friends and he is also managing my rally programme. Markko has given me an insight into rallying on a different level and is doing a lot for me which I really appreciate.

Q:
If you weren't a rally driver what do you think you would be doing instead?

Ott Tanak:
For as long as I can remember I've had a passion for motorsport and I couldn't imagine not working with motors of some sort! When I'm not rallying, I'm busy in a workshop so I'd imagine I'd probably be in some sort of mechanic job.

Q:
What is your fitness regime like?

Ott Tanak:
I am working extremely hard at my fitness regime. I have a fitness trainer and we are mostly working in the gym but sometimes we go jogging and cycling too - they are good sports for sweating!

Q:
Who is your motorsport idol?

Ott Tanak:
I have to say Markko Märtin as I have a great deal of respect for him. He was the first Estonian driver to win a world rally event and he has helped me realise my dream of becoming a World Champion could be possible. Markko has also done a lot for rallying in my country.

Q:
Tell us a bit about your home life?

Ott Tanak:



Related Pictures

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Podium, Ott Tanak (EST) Kuldar (EST), Ford Fiesta S2000
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Alexey Lukyanuk. Mitsubishi Lancer Evo. auto24 Rally Estonia 2014 [Pic credit: ERC]
Ott Tanak. Ford Fiesta R5. auto24 Rally Estonia 2014 [Pic credit: ERC]
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