Tanak, Mikkelsen and Paddon fight for the Rally of Poland


The Rally of Poland of the opportunities. It could well be the
claim of the promoter of the cited Polish, the whole time that the third
the swords of the M-Sport, Volkswagen and Hyundai are fighting for the victory.
Extremely poor image of the public apart, Ott Tanak, Andreas Mikkelsen and
Hayden Paddon bid for the leadership of the rally
. Up to the moment and giving the
surprise after ten stretches disputed, Ott Tanak is at the front of the Rally
. The Estonian driver has an advantage of 4.2 seconds on
Mikkelsen and 10.2 on Paddon. While Sébastien Ogier holds
the hitch, Dani Sordo makes water waiting for rain.

Paddon has noted the scratch in the first leg
, marked by the great
speed and the complaints of the pilots by the placement of obstacles in
the gutters that were not in the acknowledgments, and that prevented plot
naturally some corners. Be that as it may, Ott Tanak became
in the new leader of the Rally of Poland, getting that DMACK was
in front of a test of the WRC for the first time in its history. For your
part, Andreas Mikkelsen was the fastest in SS3, where, in the absence of
rain, Ogier was asserting that the good grip of the sections to not

The two remaining sections of the loop morning left
patent that the third swords they wanted to be protagonists. Ott Tanak and
Hayden Paddon managed to logged the fastest times in SS4 and
, eclipsing the official drivers from M-Sport and the leaders of
Hyundai. In the end, while Tanak, Paddon and Mikkelsen
showed his tremendous speed on the fastest sections of poles, Ogier
I rode with the hook in the neck
, Jari-Matti Latvala had problems
of feeling with the car, and Thierry Neuville was able to save the image Hyundai
before a disastrous Dani Sordo.


The trend was repeated in the loop evening, with the suspended dust and the ruts gaining prominence before the definitive lack of rainfall. However, none of these two elements could slow down to a Ott Tanak who scored three of the four scratch in game, leaving the fastest time on the SS9 to Hayden Paddon. Be that as it may, at this stage, Ott Tanak had become by right in the great protagonist of the day with his Ford Fiesta RS WRC DMACK despite to have Andreas Mikkelsen and Hayden Paddon very close.

In fact, with the minimum changes in terms of time spent during the Super Special Stage of ‘Mikolajki Arena’, Ott Tanak sleeps as the leader of the Rally of Poland with a lead of 4.2 seconds over Andreas Mikkelsen. Hayden Paddon for his part ended the day at 10.2 seconds of the leader, all time who left a couple of segunditos extra in the stretch that closed the day. Perhaps because of this fact, or because the situation may change with the arrival of the rain, Sebastien Ogier remains on the lookout to 16.3 seconds of the head, very closely followed by Thierry Neuville.

With a much more discreet, Jari-Matti Latvala has been placed sixth. However, the feelings for the Finnish driver had not finished improving as evidenced by the 36 seconds that has been left on the leader on the first day in a rally that is conducive to his riding. With best feelings, and above all, provided a show more, the duel between the drivers of Citroën is giving a lot to talk about, although by the time is resolved in favor of Stéphane Lefebvre by 1.7 seconds. The top ten after Craig Breen closes the two official drivers of M-Sport, with Dani Sordo out of the points.


Teemu Suninen is the leader in WRC2, after closing a day
almost perfect has been able to fight against the push of the pilots
official Skoda. In this aspect, the low of Pontus Tidemand in the penultimate
stretch of the day has opened the door to a lead as short as deserved.
In this aspect, Esapekka Lappi is situated 4.6 seconds of Suninen, while
that Elfyn Evans took the third position with the Ford Fiesta R5 Plus. In the
fight for the podium is also engaged Karl Kruuda, the whole time that Nicolas Fuchs
already left more than a minute

Classification after SS10 of the 73rd Rally of Poland

Position Pilot Vehicle Time / Difference
1 Ott Tanak Ford Fiesta RS WRC 1:01:23.0
2nd Andreas Mikkelsen Volkswagen Polo R WRC +4.2
3rd Hayden Paddon Hyundai i20 WRC +10.2
4th Sébastien Ogier Volkswagen Polo R WRC +16.3
5th Thierry Neuville Hyundai i20 WRC +20.4
6th Jari-Matti Latvala Volkswagen Polo R WRC +36.6
7th Stéphane Lefebvre Citroën DS3 WRC +39.4
8th Craig Breen Citroën DS3 WRC +41.1
9th Eric Camilli Ford Fiesta RS WRC +58.6
10th Mads Ostberg Ford Fiesta RS WRC +1:06.7

The second stage
Rally Poland starts this Saturday at 09:55 hours. The
riders will contest two loops of three stages with a past more at the end of the day for the Super Special Stage of ‘Mikolajki Arena‘. In total will be played 124,58 kilometres against the clock.