Rally Mexico: Friday mistake unfortunate, says Tanak

Drive DMACK World Rally Team man Ott Tanak flies on Rally Mexico, but misses out on WRC2 glory after a pace-note error in SS3.
Ott Tanak has said he was happy with his pace on Rally Mexico last weekend, although he admitted his error on Friday was 'unfortunate' and ultimately it cost him the WRC2 win.

The Estonian stunned by taking a top-five finish in his Ford Fiesta RS WRC in Sweden last month, his first outing in the FIA World Rally Championship for more than twelve months and in Leon he was again impressive in his Autotek team-run Fiesta R5.

Indeed apart from his off on Friday in SS3, when he crashed into a tree due to a pace-note error, he was in a class of his own and posted fastest WRC2 times on every single stage he competed in, eventually hauling himself back up to fourth in class and 15th overall after re-starting on day 2.

“Apart from our problem on Friday it was a strong rally for us,” remarked the Drive DMACK WRT pilot after the event.

“We pushed when we could and the feeling with both the car and the tyres was good – the DMACK tyres have improved so much since I last used them in 2011.

“I was happy with our pace and we know we have the speed but obviously it was unfortunate that we made the mistake on Friday.”

Dick Cormack, DMACK motorsport director, added: “In terms of performance, our tyres have excelled here in Mexico amidst some challenging conditions. Ott dominated the WRC2 stage times and almost certainly would've taken victory here without his accident, but he's proved just how competitive DMACK has become on gravel events

“We've already had wins for our soft gravel tyre but the performance this weekend from Ott has been extremely encouraging for the hard compound. It gives us confidence for the rest of the season and for the WRC2 championship.”

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Ott Tanak (EST) Kuldar (EST), Ford Fiesta WRC, M-Sport World Rally Team
Ott Tanak (EST) Kuldar (EST), Ford Fiesta WRC, M-Sport World Rally Team
Ott Tanak (EST) Kuldar (EST), Ford Fiesta WRC, M-Sport World Rally Team
Ott Tanak (EST) Kuldar (EST), Ford Fiesta WRC, M-Sport World Rally Team
Ott Tanak (EST) Kuldar (EST), Ford Fiesta WRC, M-Sport World Rally Team
Ott Tanak (EST) Kuldar (EST), Ford Fiesta R5, M-Sport World Rally Team

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March 13, 2014 12:53 PM

I cant help thinking how good The Fiesta R5 is for the money, its a fraction of the cost of a WRC Car. I Really hope Tanak can dominate the Championship and take the Title this year. If he can stay out of the bushes from here on in he may even get a Factory drive in 2015 if he is crowned Champion, but Malcolm wasn't very happy with him at the end of 2012 after is crash record for that season I think Tanak would be the perfect candidate for the Full time 2nd seat at Hyundai rather than a host of Tier 2 drivers like they have now, maybe Nanden is already thinking this.

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