Ott Tänak was the primary Estonian to win the FIA Global Rally Championship in a demanding finale to Spain’s RallyRACC Catalunya – Rally de España on Sunday afternoon.
He snatched 2d position within the remaining Wolf Energy Degree to safe the 2019 crown with a spherical to spare, finishing a 15-year French domination through the game’s maximum a hit drivers, Sébastiens Loeb and Ogier.
It’s Toyota’s first drivers’ identify since Didier Auriol gained in 1994 and follows the Jap squad’s producers’ championship good fortune remaining 12 months.
Tänak began the overall asphalt velocity take a look at in 3rd position. He had to end no not up to one place at the back of chief Thierry Neuville within the ultimate bonus points-paying degree to forestall the Belgian wearing the struggle into subsequent month’s Australian finale.
He didn’t require the bonus facets, sweeping previous house hero Dani Sordo to assert 2d position in a Toyota Yaris and spark wild celebrations some of the Estonian enthusiasts. He completed 17.2s at the back of Neuville’s Hyundai i20, with Sordo, in every other i20, an additional 0.4s adrift.
Tänak introduced a relaxed determine all the way through the championship’s best combined floor tournament, however later published the strain he had carried.
“It’s tough to mention the power I felt this weekend – it used to be subsequent degree. To regulate all this and get via it’s been the objective of my existence. If you find yourself at the verge of this you can not consider it,” stated Tänak.
“I by no means sought after to take dangers however my mom stated the day prior to this night time that if I need one thing I will be able to make it occur. I simply needed to make it occur.”
Neuville had led since Saturday morning in a bid to stay his identify dream alive. His 3rd victory of the season, allied with Sordo’s podium, enabled Hyundai Motorsport to increase its producers’ championship result in 18 facets over Toyota Gazoo Racing.
As on Saturday, Loeb struggled for tempo at the easy flowing asphalt roads in Tarragona. Having led on Friday evening, the Frenchman fell clear of the rostrum fight to complete fourth in every other i20, 36.3s at the back of team-mate Sordo.
Jari-Matti Latvala bagged forged facets for Toyota in 5th, the Finn finishing 14.0s transparent of Elfyn Evans’ Ford Fiesta.
The season closes at Kennards Rent Rally Australia on November 14-17. The gravel tournament is based totally in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales.
RallyRACC Catalunya – Rally de España end result:
1. T Neuville / N Gilsoul BEL Hyundai i20 3hr 07min 39.6s
2. O Tänak / M Järveoja EST Toyota Yaris +17.2s
3. D Sordo / C del Barrio ESP Hyundai i20 +17.6s
4. S Loeb / D Elena FRA Hyundai i20 +53.9s
5. J-M Latvala / M Anttila FIN Toyota Yaris +1min 00.2s
6. E Evans / S Martin GBR Ford Fiesta +1min 14.2s
FIA Global Rally Championship (after spherical 13 of 14):
1. O Tänak 263
2. T Neuville 227
3. S Ogier 217
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