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WRC Wales Rally GB: Tanak tops shakedown for DMACK

DMACK's Ott Tanak leads the way in the shakedown for Wales Rally GB, ahead of Kris Meeke and Craig Breen
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DMACK World Rally Team's Ott Tanak was quickest on Thursday morning in the shakedown for Wales Rally GB.

Tanak, who finished sixth earlier this month in Spain, completed the 3.32km Clocaenog test in 1 minute 59.7 seconds, opting for three runs as he fine-tuned his Fiesta RS WRC ahead of the 12th and penultimate round in the 2016 World Rally Championship.

“Everything was working well and I'm very happy with the tyres and the car. I'm quite enjoying it at the moment," Tanak told the official WRC site.

“I like the gravel and the mud makes it a bit more tricky. But I've always enjoyed the challenge of the stages in Wales.”

“I think it will be an interesting weekend with the drying conditions,” he added.

“It will be interesting to see what we can do here. I'm waiting to see what the feeling is like on Friday before I see what's possible.”











Meanwhile, Britain's Kris Meeke took second for the Abu Dhabi Total WRT, 0.8secs slower, and 0.2secs up on team-mate Craig Breen.

Sebastien Ogier, fresh from securing his fourth WRC Drivers' title last time out with victory on RallyRACC Catalunya, was fourth, ahead of Hyundai's Hayden Paddon and Volkswagen team-mates, Jari-Matti Latvala and Andreas Mikkelsen in positions 5 through to 7.

"The weather seems to be much better this year than it normally is here in Wales. However, parts of the route can still be muddy and slippery," Ogier said. "This is a good sign for me, as Rally GB is probably the only chance Julien [Ingrassia] and I still have of winning a gravel rally this year.

"The shakedown certainly went well, and the Polo is set up perfectly. Saturday will be particularly interesting, as we have to complete 100 kilometres of special stage without a tyre change. I'm glad we do not have to tackle this challenge on day one.

"Otherwise, I'm as happy as I always am to return to Great Britain: the big crowds, nice routes, and the great tradition - that is what makes this rally special for us drivers. And the opportunity to help the team clinch the Manufacturers' title with a win is a huge motivation."

"It was slippery, but not problematic - that is how I would sum up the shakedown at Rally GB," Latvala added.

"We did three runs in total. We tried out a few things on the first and second run, and found the right set-up on the third. When it has not rained, the surface here can become very smooth, and you have to adapt to that. I think we are ready and looking forward to the Welsh forests."

Behind, Hyundai's Dani Sordo and Valeriy Gorban tied for eighth, with Thierry Neuville completing the top-ten in his i20 WRC.

Lorenzo Bertelli was 11th, with M-Sport duo Mads Ostberg and Eric Camilli, Hyundai fourth driver Kevin Abbring and the returning Stephane Lefebvre, back in action after his big crash in Germany, all setting the joint 12th best time.

Competitors will now take in the ceremonial start at Parc Eirias in Colwyn Bay at 18.30 hours local time.

The action then starts 'proper' on Friday, with two loops of four stages on the bill and a total competitive distance of 178.22km.

SS1, the 31.82km Myherin 1 test, is due to start at 08.20 hours local time.
by Rob Wilkins



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Ott Tanak (EST) Raigo Molder (EST), Ford Fiesta WRC, Dmack WRT

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