Ott Tanak took a dominant WRC2 victory last weekend on Rally Poland leading throughout the four-day event.

Tanak stormed through the 22 stages winning 17 of them in his Drive DMACK Ford Fiesta R5 and eventually coming out top and beating team-mate Jari Ketomaa by 1 minute 38.2 seconds. It was his first win in WRC2 and follows a disappointing start to the year that has left him out of realistic championship contention.

Tanak has now scored 45 points and is sixth in the standings, while the leader, Lorenzo Bertelli - who didn't compete in Poland - has 81 points.

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"It is definitely a good feeling for me [to win here]," said Tanak. "We have been waiting for this a long time. It should have been in Mexico but we had an unlucky moment there. I hope the luck is changing now.

"I was happy with my pace with the car. We had strict orders from the beginning not to go too fast and try to be as stable as possible and keep to a good pace. Jari had been pushing a bit on Friday and then, from Saturday, we made sure we both finished to bring the points home for the DMACK team.

"The event was enjoyable. The roads were fantastic and the surface was on a hard base and there was only a small risk of punctures. I was able to enjoy it and the times are coming on the back of that," he added.

"It's a great result for the DMACK team," noted Ketomaa, who moves up to third in the standings with 54 points on the board. "Yes, I would have liked to have been ahead of Ott to help my championship but here we are.

"I'm looking forward to my home event in Finland next, after winning there last year, I'm confident we can push to repeat that."

Yazeed Al-Rajhi meanwhile completed the WRC2 podium, 2 minutes 33 seconds adrift of P2, while Valeriy Gorban and Bernardo Sousa were fourth and fifth.

Nicolas Fuchs was fifth ahead of Jaroslaw Koltun, Massimiliano Rendina, Jourdan Serderidis and Juan Carlos Alonso in positions 7 through to 10.