M-Sport boss Malcolm Wilson says Ott Tanak will get over missing out on victory on Rally Poland and is convinced the Estonian can repeat the kind of form that took him so close to success.
The DMACK World Rally Team man led for most of the event, setting nine fastest times in his M-Sport-run Fiesta RS WRC car, only to be denied his - and DMACK's - maiden WRC win, after picking up a front-right puncture in the penultimate stage.
Despite the disappointment though, with M-Sport also missing out on what would have been the Cumbrian firm's first win since the 2012 edition of Wales Rally GB, Wilson was keen to stress the positives, not least that the Fiesta RS WRC is still a match for the Polo R WRC and the i20 WRC.
“To be so close, you can understand how disappointed the whole team are. But this is rallying, and we have to accept it,” Wilson said. “Ott and Raigo [Molder – his co-driver] were absolutely fantastic this weekend and they deserved to be on the top step of the podium. They missed out this weekend, but they know they can do it and they will bounce back.
“Ott is a future rally winner, and he has proven that the Fiesta [RS WRC car] is a rally winner [too].”
Meanwhile, DMACK managing director, Dick Cormack hailed the weekend as “a turning point” for the British tyre manufacturer and despite missing out on the win – ironically a result of a puncture - DMACK still claimed its best-ever WRC result, and its first WRC podium.
“It's certainly been a weekend to remember for everyone at DMACK. We've been striving to compete at this level and this event marks a real turning point for us,” Cormack confirmed.
“Ott and Raigo have stunned everyone this weekend with their pace and the result has driven our enthusiasm to reach the top.”