The drama of Tanak delivers the Rally of Poland to Mikkelsen


Disheartening, and has been the end of the Rally of Poland
for Ott Tanak
. The Estonian driver, who was sporting his first victory in the WRC,
suffered a puncture in the absence of a little more of a stretch, losing any option
to the triumph. Taking advantage of his opportunity, as it already happened in the Rally RACC
Catalunya with the crash of Sébastien Ogier,
Andreas Mikkelsen has taken
the victory in Poland
. The pilot Norwegian adds his second triumph in the
World, first in a test of earth. Even with its problems,
Ott Tanak and Hayden Paddon completing the podium

The vaunted rain finally came to the Rally of Poland, although the sections muddy little served as Sébastien Ogier and Dani Sordo, who at this point were open track. Be that as it may, the different conditions of the sections meant that Sunday was a survival exercise, although in the first special stage is not reached to demonstrate except by a little out of track of Mads Ostberg. In fact, in the first stage of the day the scratch was for Andreas Mikkelsen. The Norwegian will endorsed 2.4 seconds to an Ott Tanak.

however, the SS20 was left patent that was not going to be a Sunday regular in Poland. Stéphane Lefebvre was the first victim after breaking the rear suspension left of his Citroën DS3 WRC. The French rider managed to reach the finish line and continue on the test thanks to the good work of the technicians of PH Sport in attendance, but was going to be fifteen and in addition was penalized for the delays in their work. To this fact, I had to add the problematic chicanes that with the muddy conditions turned into an item to ‘break down’. In this aspect, Dani Sordo damaged the front of his Hyundai i20 WRC after hitting the straw bales of a of these chicanes.


With changes that gave the scratch to Sébastien Ogier in
the SS19
, it began the feud of the last two stages of the Rally of Poland, in
what was turning into a drama widespread.
Valeriy Gorban was the first
pilot in staying stopped
, allowing herself to be 16 minutes in goal. Tampco got free of
the problems
Dani Sordo after damaging the rear suspension of your i20, losing
any option scoring. However, all of these incidents were
eclipsed the face
the puncture suffered by Ott Tanak, who lost the lead in such a tragic way when I was very close to score his first win in the WRC.

A section of the Power Stage won in the mud because of
the continued rainfall and that we finally had in its route the
particular chicane that the organization decided to place after thinking in removing it
in the beginning, and not daring to rebuild the original in the second instance.
Be that as it may, the difficult conditions of the stretch marked the end result
of the same. Eric Camilli damaged the rear suspension, while the three
fastest drivers of the segment were Sébastien Ogier, Jari-Matti Latvala and
Thierry Neuville. All in all, the image of the rally was the desolation of Ott
, compensated by the love of Ogier and Latvala, who were to
comfort the Estonian.

With this final stretch, Andreas Mikkelsen certified their
second victory in the WRC
, climbing to the top of the podium of the Rally of Poland.
Desolate and knowing that his first chance of winning a rally in the World
had dissipated, Ott Tanak finished second, while the podium as
completed Hayden Paddon
. Thierry Neuville, Jari-Matti Latvala and Sébastien
Ogier was fourth, fifth and sixth, while Craig Breen
finished in the seventh position. Finally, , the problems of Eric Camilli
they did lose to the French the eighth position
in favor of his teammate Mads Ostberg,
while the tenth place was for Teemu Suninen.


The mud has also been responsible for deciding the winner of the
second category in the world championship in the Rally of Poland, which has been
evaporated the struggle maintained by Lappi and Suninen. With a final almost
perfect, Teemu Suninen took the victory in WRC2, triumph
complements with the point made by the tenth-place all achieved in
the rally. Second, for its part, has been Elfyn Evans, much more adapted to the
complex conditions that have made it fall to Teemu Suninen from the first to the
third position of the category.

Without opposition and enjoying a great advantage that we have
allowed taken with plenty of calm sections busbars of the final day,
Simone Tempestini has scored the win in JWRC. The Italian rider has
endorsed by more than three minutes to Terry Folb, while Ole Christian Veiby has
completed the podium of the World Junior. Finally and taking advantage of the change
radical of the stretches because of the mud, Jon Armstrong has earned the victory in the Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy to overcome a clear way to Osian
Pryce, who has fallen to the second position.

final Classification of the 73rd Rally of Poland

Position Pilot Vehicle Time / Difference
1 Andreas Mikkelsen Volkswagen Polo R WRC 2:37:34.4
2nd Ott Tanak Ford Fiesta RS WRC +26.2
3rd Hayden Paddon Hyundai i20 WRC +28.5
4th Thierry Neuville Hyundai i20 WRC
5th Jari-Matti Latvala Volkswagen Polo R WRC
6th Sébastien Ogier Volkswagen Polo R WRC +40.3
7th Craig Breen Citroën DS3 WRC +2:01.4
8th Mads Ostberg Ford Fiesta RS WRC +3:04.6
9th Eric Camilli Ford Fiesta RS WRC +5:23.1
10th Teemu Suninen Skoda Fabia R5 +5:53.3