Ott Tänak says there is “big work” to complete before winning the World Rally Championship Arctic Rally Finland in two weeks.
Tänak took part in yesterday’s Oteper Winter Rally to warm up for the next round of the WRC, winning the fastest 30 minutes or more on all stages and dominating the competition.
“Overall, it was a very tough rally for us,” said Tanak, who ran second on the road behind Hyundai’s teammate Thierry Neuville.
“It was very snowy all day long. Compared to the Lapland test, [earlier this month] The conditions were very similar. There were narrow and fast roads, and there were bumpy and winding sections, so it certainly gave us very good information. “
As a result, Tanak has won his fifth homeground victory at Hyundai Motorsport since last summer. This is arguably the most important as the 2019 World Champion is trying to recover from the disappointment of Rally Monte Carlo.
For the second year in a row, he retired from the traditional opening round and, more complicatedly, the one-round ban on returning to three-wheeled service was suspended.
Prior to the 2021 campaign, Tanak told Autosport that he expects his second term at Hyundai to be more successful than his first term. If he wants to close the gap with Toyota.
“I know there is a very tough competition with Toyota in Lapland, so these last two weeks are to prepare for the next round and make sure everything is suitable for the rally. There is, “he said.
“It will be more than a request. Big work is still waiting before we arrive in Lapland.”
On Saturday’s outing, in addition to working on data gathering by setting up and introducing new parts, the team was also able to discover the performance of Pirelli’s newly made studded Sottozero snow tires.
Despite returning home second, Neuville seemed much happier of the two drivers to leave Estonia and return home. “We came here to test a little more to find the settings,” the Belgian explained.
“The car feels better as we gradually move in the right direction all day long, but it was a tough event. The situation has changed a lot.
“It was really tricky in part, but I’m done with it and I’m glad I was ready for the next WRC event.
“There was a test plan before the event and everyone respected it,” he continued. “Everyone was able to try everything [new] Parts that were more or less limited in availability [previously]But now everyone knows what he knows for the rally [the driver] What do you like and what you get in the car? ”
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