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Lappi and Evans lead after Tanak drama

Lappi and Evans lead after Tanak drama

The Estonian Rally started and Esapekka Lappi and Elfyn Evans have been placed as the first leaders. Although the fastest driver in the super special that opened the test was the local idol, Ott Tanak, it has only served to mask its drama, since He has lost all his options when changing the broken engine in the ‘shakedown’.

The super special that opened the event was located in Tartu, the rally venue. Located in a park, its route had 3.3 kilometers with all kinds of curves, some jumps… and dangerous stones and ditches. The typical scenario in which there is nothing to gain and much to lose. The sun was shining again, as in the ‘shakedown’, although there is a forecast of rain for the weekend.

Tanak was very disappointed despite his victory in the first stage. “Little to say. The more the day progresses, the more it hurts. It’s getting more and more painful. Our chances of winning the championship were pretty tight considering our performances this year and we were working hard for the next two rallies. It has been a kick in the balls, ”he explained devastated. After breaking the engine in the morning, he has replaced it and starts the home rally with a 5-minute penalty.

After finishing behind them in the first stage, Lappi and Evans took the lead, followed by just one tenth by Kalle Rovanpera, the winner in this test the last two years who was also the fastest in the ‘shakedown’.


1. Lappi-Ferm (Fin/Hyundai), 3m 3.1s

1. Evans-Martin (GB/Toyota), 3m 3.1s

3. Rovanpera-Halttunen (Fin/Toyota), at 0.1

4. Neuville-Wydaeghe (Bel/Hyundai), at 1.0

5. Katsuta-Johnston (Japan/Toyota), at 2.6

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