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Tänak: Finland can chew

Thursday | 04 Aug 2022

Ott Tänak begins this week’s Secto Rally Finland (4 – 7 August) chasing a 3rd victory in Jyväskylä – however he’s not going to threat every little thing within the pursuit of a second 2022 win.

The Hyundai Motorsport star has examined for 2 days since ending third general at Rally Estonia final month and admits his i20 N Rally1 has made a step ahead since his dwelling occasion.

Tänak was the quickest Hyundai driver in Thursday morning’s shakedown take a look at and trailed Toyota pacesetter Kalle Rovanperä by nine-tenths of a second in third general. 

Despite exhibiting early indicators of having the ability to problem for victory at this eighth spherical, the 34-year-old believes it is going to be troublesome to struggle together with his GR Yaris rivals. 

“We had been capable of make the automotive a bit higher than we had it in Estonia,” he mentioned. “I’m all the time aiming for the perfect outcome doable and that’s the identical right here. This is rallying and also you by no means know what can occur.

“We know what they (Toyota) have and we noticed this in Estonia. I attempted arduous within the first stage and already I used to be having some moments. This isn’t my strategy to be driving, I don’t drive naturally over the sting the entire time.

“To do these instances, we needed to be utterly on it on a regular basis and once you do this in a spot like Finland it could chew you. At dwelling in Estonia, you’ve some extra open fields. If you go huge there, possibly it’s not so dangerous. If you do this in Finland then you definitely might be into the timber.”

Tänak’s two earlier Rally Finland wins had been on the wheel of Toyota vehicles, though he got here inside 14 seconds of one other victory with Hyundai final yr. His solely success thus far this season was at Rally Italia Sardegna in June. 

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