Tanak strengthens his WRC Rally Italy lead over Sordo

Tanak strengthens Rally Italy lead over Sordo

Toyota International Rally Championship motive force Ott Tanak has pulled transparent of Hyundai rival Dani Sordo to steer Rally Italy through 25.Nine seconds with 4 phases closing on Sunday.

Tanak started Saturday 11.2s shy of Sordo, however gained all 3 of the morning’s checks to rocket right into a 6.4s lead heading into the afternoon loop.


He set about extending that hole right away on the second one move of Coiluna-Loelle, pulling every other 4.2s out of Sordo together with his fourth quickest time of the day. Monti di Ala would yield every other degree win for Tanak, who prolonged his general result in 17.7s at the take a look at.

Tanak duly adopted the script he had written for himself, and took the general take a look at of the day to win all six of Saturday’s phases.

Sordo was once powerless to halt Tanak’s assault, however stays not off course for his first podium end of the season and a few necessary producer issues for Hyundai.

Teemu Suninen is 3rd, however the M-Game motive force unearths himself in no guy’s land. He struggled to stay tempo with Tanak, however did slender Sordo’s benefit ever so rather from 20.7s to 17s on his first match with new co-driver Jarmo Lehtinen.

Elfyn Evans and Andreas Mikkelsen persevered their intense fight for fourth position, however Kris Meeke threatened to enroll in the birthday party with some higher tempo within the afternoon.

Evans and Mikkelsen set an an identical time on Coiluna-Loelle, however Meeke stole 3.1s from Evans to with regards to inside of 10.3s.

Meeke persevered to use the force on Monti di Ala, taking every other 3.6s from Evans as Mikkelsen halved Evans’ buffer to path through simply 1.3s general.

The trio subsequently began the general degree of the day separated through a trifling 6.7s, however Meeke would fall backwards when his Toyota “swapped ends” after choosing up a puncture.

Evans would finally end up stuck in a few of Meeke’s mud when Meeke rejoined the degree, however would improve his hang on fourth position as Mikkelsen’s Hyundai had “no tyres” left. Evans ended the day 7.9s forward.

Thierry Neuville could not fit the tempo of Meeke, Evans or team-mate Mikkelsen around the afternoon, however was once promoted to 6th position when Meeke misplaced two mins converting his puncture.

Citroen’s Esapekka Lappi additionally profited from Meeke’s issues, leaping to 7th position, however misplaced 5.8s to Neuville around the afternoon to take a seat 25.9s.

Juho Hanninen had a blank afternoon in a fourth Yaris WRC, as he persevered to check more than a few set-u.s.and parts for Toyota.

He lies 9th general, simply 1.3s forward of WRC2 Professional chief Kalle Rovanpera who’s now with ease forward of team-mate Jan Kopecky after beginning the day simply 0.6s in entrance.

Jari-Matti Latvala and Sebastien Ogier each have shyed away from to any extent further drama within the afternoon however in finding themselves smartly out of rivalry following their more than a few woes. Latvala is 20 mins down from the lead, whilst Ogier is over an hour again.

Main positions after SS15

PosDriving forceStaffAutomobileHole
1Ott Tanak, M.JarveojaToyota Gazoo Racing WRTToyota3h04m10.3s
2Dani Sordo, C.del BarrioHyundai Shell Mobis WRTHyundai25.9s
3Teemu Suninen, M.SalminenM-Game Ford WRTFord42.9s
4Elfyn Evans, S.MartinM-Game Ford WRTFord1m25.4s
5Andreas Mikkelsen, A.JagerHyundai Shell Mobis WRTHyundai1m33.3s
6Thierry Neuville, N.GilsoulHyundai Shell Mobis WRTHyundai2m32.4s
7Esapekka Lappi, J.FermCitroen General WRTCitroen2m58.3s
8Kris Meeke, S.MarshallToyota Gazoo Racing WRTToyota3m53.3s
9Kalle Rovanpera, J.HalttunenSkoda MotorsportSkoda7m24.5s
10Jan Kopecky, P.DreslerSkoda MotorsportSkoda7m50.6s

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