WRC: RALLYE DEUTSCHLAND sees Ford M-Sport dominate as Tanak takes the win
M-Sport secured an historic and momentous victory at this weekend’s ADAC Rallye Deutschland – Ott Tänak and Martin Järveoja powering their Ecoboost-powered Ford Fiesta WRC to the team’s first ever win on German soil.
Another double podium also saw Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia regain a 17 point lead at the head of the drivers’ standings with a controlled drive to third.
If that weren’t enough, the team also secured victory in the WRC 2 category with Éric Camilli, Benjamin Veillas and the Ford Fiesta R5, as well as victory in the WRC 3 category with Julius Tannert, Jürgen Heigl and the Ford Fiesta R2. Fellow Fiesta R2 crew Nils Solans and Miguel Ibanez were also crowned the WRC 3 Champions this weekend.
The good news kept on coming as M-Sport also occupied 50 percent of the top-ten and extended their lead in the manufacturers’ championship to 64 points.
Taking their first win on German soil with style, the team have now secured victory on every round of the current format of the FIA World Rally Championship.
Team Principal, Malcolm Wilson OBE, said:
“Everyone in the team is extremely happy as you can imagine. After all the work that went on behind the scenes, we knew that we could challenge for a strong result but never dreamt of achieving anything quite like this.
“All of the guys have done a fantastic job and I couldn’t ask for more. Ott has taken the win in WRC, Éric in WRC 2 and Julius Tannert in WRC 3 so it really doesn’t get much better than that.
“Up until today, this was the only rally on the calendar that we were yet to win, and now we have finally ticked all the boxes.
“It was also a really important result for the championship with increased leads in both the manufacturer and the driver standings.
“There might only be three events left, but we can’t let it slip now. As we’ve seen this weekend, anything can happen so we need to keep fighting and that is exactly what we intend to do.”
Ott Tänak and Martin Järveoja are proving a force to be reckoned with. Claiming their second victory of the year, they have now won on both gravel and asphalt and firmly established themselves as fierce contenders on any surface.
Leading the event for 16 of the 21 special stages, the Estonians set five fastest stage times and combined speed with a confident and intelligent approach. Reading the unpredictable weather flawlessly, they made the correct tyre choices at the correct times and judged their rhythm perfectly.
Taking confidence from the Fiesta’s performance, victory was theirs and they are now just 16 points adrift of second position in the drivers’ championship.
To make the result even more special, it was secured on their homeland’s 26th Re-Independence Day – giving the Estonian fans an added reason to celebrate the national
Ott Tänak (1st) said:
“What can I say, this has been a very tricky rally and there were a lot of other favourites but we just did everything right. We’ve won on Tarmac and we know we can win on gravel, so now there’s no reason why we shouldn’t be challenging for victory everywhere.
“The car really has been fantastic all weekend so a massive thanks to the team who have worked so hard in the lead-up to this event. I was able to take a lot of confidence from that and when the conditions were a bit more consistent it really was just so enjoyable to drive.
“It’s been a great weekend and I think we made the difference on Friday. It was a really clean run and we were very brave on the tyre choices which turned out to be a good call. After that it was just a case of controlling the lead.
“Another win feels good and with three events to go I don’t see why we shouldn’t be looking to the guys ahead and to the championship lead ourselves. If you want to fight for the championship you have to keep winning, and that is what we plan to do.”