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.”