Hyundai's Ott Tanak issues warning as he heads home for Rally Estonia

Hyundai's Ott Tanak issues warning as he heads home for Rally Estonia

Festus Chuma 09:05 - 10.06.2024

Ott Tanak is aiming to boost his season's momentum by competing in Rally Estonia hoping for a strong performance at home.

Hyundai rally driver Ott Tanak is gearing up for a pivotal moment in his season as he prepares to compete in next month's Rally Estonia, which is set to run from July 5-7.

The 2019 World Rally Championship winner is eyeing the event, held on familiar terrain in his home country, as a crucial stepping stone to regain his top form in the championship.

Tanak, who claimed victory last week at Rally Italy Sardinia, has acknowledged that the start of his 2024 campaign was less than ideal.

"The first three or four rallies of this season lacked momentum and stability," he admitted as per DirtFish.

Rally Estonia, taking place in the midst of the WRC's "summer of speed" that includes events in Poland, Latvia, and Finland, is uniquely positioned in the calendar.

It will be hosted as a European Rally Championship event for the first time in seven years, and Tanak sees this as an opportunity to fine-tune his performance on terrain similar to that in Liepāja and Jyvaskyla, where subsequent rallies will occur.

The significance of the event being held in Estonia is not lost on Tanak, who is eager to showcase his Hyundai i20 N Rally1 to his home crowd.

"Our sport at its core is full of adrenaline and a lot of action. That’s what the fans actually like," he explained.

Rally Estonia has a reputation for innovation, and Tanak believes this year's edition could be pivotal in determining the trajectory of his season.

"My most positive emotion with Rally Estonia is the victory in the first year (2020). After that, again, the blocks have not matched for some reason. This is what we hope to change and win again in the future." These mixed results in subsequent years have only fueled his determination to succeed again on home soil.

This year's rally will also see some changes to the stages, with Tanak’s co-driver Martin Jarveoja pleased to have his hometown of Elva featured with a city stage.

The addition of Kambja as a new power stage alongside familiar roads around Raanitsa and Karaski sets the stage for an exciting event.

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