WRC: ADAC Rallye Deutschland – Ott Tanak takes his third win of the season in Germany

WRC: ADAC Rallye Deutschland – Ott Tanak takes his third win of the season in Germany

Toyota Gazoo Racing’s Estonian crew scored a third win of the season in Germany last week to nudge them ever closer to a fascinating 2018 title fight.

Sunday’s success was their second consecutive ADAC Rallye Deutschland victory following their win in a Ford Fiesta WRC 12 months ago. It’s also their second win on the bounce following a similarly dominant drive at Rally Finland three weeks ago.

Tänak is now Estonia’s joint most successful ever driver in the WRC, having equalled his friend and mentor Markko Märtin’s tally of five wins. The younger of the two said: “Markko’s always pushing me to do better, I don’t think he’ll be too worried about this.”

Two rallies ago Tänak was 72 points behind series leader Thierry Neuville. Now? The gap’s exactly half of that at 36 points. And the difference to Sébastien Ogier in second place? That’s come down from 45 to 13. But still Tänak refuses to admit he’s engaged in the race to top the world. “I’m not thinking about that,” he said. “It’s still rally-by-rally. Now I focus on the next one in Turkey.”

If Tänak won’t engage himself, Neuville’s more than happy to do it for him. The Belgian, who finished second in Germany, said: “Of course it’s a three-way fight. It always has been!” It’s hard to argue with the Hyundai star – there are still four rallies and a maximum of 120 points on offer.

Ogier’s chances of a sixth world title remain in his own hands. If he wins the remaining four rallies and claims Power Stage success on each one, he’ll score 32 points more than his nearest rival, more than enough to close the current 23-point difference between himself and Neuville. For Tänak the job’s slightly more complicated – four wins and five-pointers everywhere would leave him four short of Neuville if the Belgian was second everywhere.

Tänak’s title bid benefits from a man who knows all about winning world championships. Toyota Gazoo Racing team principal Tommi Mäkinen wore the drivers’ crown for four straight seasons while he was with Mitsubishi in the 1990s.

Finn Mäkinen can see plenty of similarities between himself and his lead driver. The 54-year-old explained: “We have a very, very similar style when we drive. When I was competing, my style was to brake early and then drive the car through the corner; Ott is very early on throttle as well and that’s why he controls the car so nicely and is able to keep it balanced. He drives the car from the rear and never seems to really struggle with it. It helps that the style is similar for Ott and me, when he talks through what he wants from the car, I can understand and help him get it.”

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163 points after the #JapaneseGP 👏

Fabio Quartararo heads to Australia as the 2019 Rookie of the Year! 🏆

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Bien trabajo muchacho.. felicitaciones


Good job

Well done Fabio.World champion of the future.



Some riders are meant to ride a MotoGP bike. Very good job #FQ20

Good job el diablo

Well done fabio x

Good job Fabio rookie soon champ 🦇🦇🦇🦇🦇

Well done Fabio 👍

And his bike has less rpm than the other Yamaha’s. I would like to see him be upgraded to be equal with the other m1’s!

Only 13 points behind to 3rd place in championship. How things are going it looks like he can secure 3rd spot overall at the end of the season. 👍

Well done Fabio xx

Spectacular. The factory Yamaha's not even close.

Just amazing!

Fabio said will set new goals next year.yes that's true.your new goal for the next year is to become world champion.but after all it all depends to Yamaha machinery.more HP on the straight.thats it.because the bike already good user friendly at the corner.

Fabio rocks. Now he needs a winning bike. Marquez needs at least one great rider to spa with.

Bravo Fabio l’unico a tener testa al mostro MM .. ti meriti la moto ufficiale.





Yesss 🥳👌🏼


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A champion crowned, and an incredible race in the history books... 😍 ... See Less

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For a moment i tought i missed a race. My heart skipped!

Can’t wait for the race. Mexico is a great track. I just hope the bulls can make some magic and Ferrari with their pace can give us some fun

good 2018 was circuit green 😀 .. This year Leclerc will very enjoy the track 🚀💪 wishing luck for Renault they was so bad luck 🤞

What a race, super Max!

Love Mexico on the calendar, it has such a great atmosphere!

Guys, next Monday Will be the last day for me on Facebook, coz I Will be travelling to England on Tuesday to study Law. Will be there for four years. I'll miss you all so much. May God be with you all. Please forward this message to all those know me. I've just forwarded as I received it and I don't know who is travelling.

Gosh I miss those days already and it's only been a year

Nevermind. Let them happy this year. Next year will be year of Lecrec 😙

That was outstanding. How could anyone hate this man Hamilton??? He’s amazing!!!

God watching this makes my heart break for Danny Ric even more 😭 Just could not catch a break

A happy day for me AND Billy Smith


🖤I Love U Guys🖤

And the fifth title 😍😍

So what did Will Smith taught Hamilton? 🤔🤔🤔


since 2014 the FIA Mercedes team is winning all titles , nothing is new

People seem to forget it was down to vettel ferarri lost

Must feel good becoming champion again with a far superior car for years and f1 easier than ever less demanding tracks overtaking assist computer assisted cars no wonder kids are filling the grid

Boring sunday without race 😪

Still should be back on free to air TV


You won't see Red Bull overtaking Ferrari on the straight this year, that's for sure.


Lewis: P4 Will Smith: "That's how you do it" lol

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Daniel Ricciardo set a new lap record and his third career pole in Mexico last year! Jump onboard with the rapid Aussie 🔥 ... See Less

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I love this circuit. Go Max!

My favorite driver as a person. He deserved a better car than a Renault

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Absolutely stunning! And the radio message sums it up perfectly 🤙

Great lap indeed !!! But im here to show the badge 😎😎

Great driver, always enjoy watching him. I was surprised how much the car was bottoming out on the lap, never paid attention to that before

I was soooooo happy when he did this. Max just wasn't fast enough and Vettel still youngest pole sitter 😂😂😂😂😂

And Austin Texas Grand Prix???

wou finally a great brand opens its eyes to the great corridor that is ricciardo 🏎🏎

This was just a fucking tragedy of a weekend, pole to yet another mechanical dnf. Thanks for all the broken engine components RB. They call that particular move the Horner Special.

Daniel will always be one of my favourite drivers.

Really miss seeing ricciardo at the top

Won’t be doing that this year. Sadly. Such a bad move.

Feel bad he moved from red bull deserves so much more of a better car. Would love to see him in a silver arrow

Last sector is one of the trickiests of all the circus... brilliant drive by Dani!

Will he ever experience these highs again, I’ve been a little deflated with the f1 thing this year because of this Renault thing, damn you max

Long straight will provide the advantage for Ferrari. Medium and slow corners would be Red Bull and Mercedes territory. Will be fascinating race.

Interesting to see how this year's Renault engines will cope with the Mexican altitude, last year they seemed the most efficient in the Red Bull car but who knows, just wishing for a Danny Ric podium again

Poor max almost cried after that one. I’m sure he did behind doors on his daddy’s shoulder. 😭

He's a great competitor ,Ferrari should hire him for next year to be in front againd

I don’t know anyone who does not like this guy. He’s fast and has amazing race craft. Its a wonder why he isn’t in a top team as the number 1 driver 🤔

Is this the pole he robbed crashy and Jos of their record?

all to give it up in the first `10 meter the next day

Jenson Button made the claim that Max was the quickest driver ever in F1 history yet Danny Ric had 3 poles while partnered with Max and Max had none This isn’t a dig at Max who I like a lot but a dig at how much shite Buttons talks

I miss Daniel Ric in the Red Bull plus the names of the tyres. These days tyre names are so boring.

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