Ott Tanak, scratch in 'Harju' and first leadership in Finland


Ott Tanak is the first leader of the Rally of Finland after marking the ‘scratch’ on the super-special urban ‘Harju’, section disputed in the university area of Jyväskylä. In this aspect, the Estonian driver has stopped the clock in 1:44.1, a record that has been overcome by 1.1 seconds to Thierry Neuville. The particular special of ‘Harju’, perhaps the section’s most colorful and unique of all the that are played in an urban environment throughout the World, has left the third place to Sébastien Ogier. The leaders of the WRC seems to mark the tenth from the first moment.

Ott Tanak has begun with the Rally of Finland, one of his favorite quotes. The Estonian, on the radar of several teams and with the role of possible to judge the campeonatio, time has managed to sleep a leader in Jyväskylä after scoring the best time in SS1. The complex special that opened the rally has not been an impediment for Tanak to surpass Neuville and Ogier. For his part, the fourth position has been for Craig Breen with the first of the Citroën C3 WRC, thus giving the relay to the proper role of Kris Meeke after marking this the best time in the shakedown.


Jari-Matti Latvala has been placed in the fifth position after marking a time of 1:46.3, record that has left 2.2 seconds on the head, but more than enough to beat Hayden Paddon and his teammate Juho Hänninen. In this aspect, the finn goes face to face with the appointment of home with the peace of mind to have his future resolved, something you can’t say Hänninen, who has also started the rally with a tap on the shakedown. Also under the trust, until such a point to say that it does not have the same support in the bosom of Citroën, Kris Meeke has finished eighth in this SS1.

The Top 10 have closed Elfyn Evans and Dani Sordo. The spaniard has confessed that he has not taken any risk already thinking of the marathon stage Friday, although the spaniard has been faster than Mads Ostberg, Teemu Suninen and Esapekka Lappi. Among the vehicles R5, Eric Camilli and Ole Christian Veiby have been the fastest, although none of them is competing in the class WRC2, where the first leader is Umberto Scandola. The German Julius Tannert starts at the front of the Junior WRC and WRC3, result which has ceased to Nil Solans in second position in both categories.

Classification after SS1 of the 67th Rally of Finland

Position Pilot Vehicle Time / Difference
1 Ott Tanak Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17 1:44.1
2nd Thierry Neuville Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe +1.1
3rd Sébastien Ogier Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17 +1.5
4th Craig Breen Citroen C3 WRC +1.6
5th Jari-Matti Latvala Toyota Yaris WRC +2.2
6th Hayden Paddon Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe +2.5
7th Juho Hänninen Toyota Yaris WRC +2.7
8th Kris Meeke Citroen C3 WRC +3.0
9th Elfyn Evans Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17 +3.1
10th Dani Sordo Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe +3.5

The Rally of Finland continues this Friday (06:12pm) with the dispute of a day marathon with twelve special. The pilots will face nothing more and nothing less than 145,71 kilometres against the clock.