Ott Tänak won the Arctic Rally

He was escorted by Kalle Rovanperä, who went on to lead the championship.


Estonian Ott Tänak (Hyundai i20) prevailed in the Arctic rally, second date of World Rally which was played in Finland. His escort was the Finn Kalle Rovanperä (Toyota Yaris), who with this result went to the front of the contest with only 20 years.

Ott Tanak
Photo: Jaanus Ree / Red Bull Content Pool.

Tanäk, world champion in 2019 and who had to retire in the first test in Monte Carlo, took a comfortable advantage in the frozen forests of Lapland during the first two days and did not make a mistake on the last day.

That allowed him to stay with the victory with 17.5 seconds over Rovanperä, who had to endure the attack of the Belgian Thierry Neuville (Hyundai i20), third to 19.8 of his partner. The Top 5 was completed by the Irishman Craig Breen (Hyundai i20), at 52.6; and English Elfyn Evans (Toyota Yaris), at 1: 01.5.

The French Sébastien Ogier (Toyota Yaris), champion of the specialty, did not have a good experience in this event full of snow. Precisely, these conditions made him lose valuable time when he tried to stop Tänak. In the last special on Saturday he got stuck with 200 meters to go and was out of the fight after being stopped for 20 minutes.

Kalle rovanpera
Photo: Jaanus Ree / Red Bull Content Pool.

Rovanperä, winner of the Power Stage, took advantage of Ogier's misfortune to advance to the front of the tournament, which he leads with 39 points, four more than Neuville. Seb, meanwhile, tied for third with Evans with 31 points. The contest will continue with the Rally Croatia, which will be played on April 24 and 25.

ARCTIC RALLY RESULTS 2021

POS Class pilot auto time / Dif.
1 RC1 Ott Tanak Hyundai 2h03m49.6s
2 RC1 Kalle rovanpera Toyota 17.5s
3 RC1 Thierry Neuville Hyundai 19.8s
4 RC1 Craig Breen Hyundai 52.6s
5 RC1 Elfyn Evans Toyota 1m01.5s
6 RC1 Takamoto katsuta Toyota 1m37.8s
7 RC1 Oliver solberg Hyundai 1m39.0s
8 RC1 Teemu suninen Ford 2m09.0s
9 RC1 Gus Greensmith Ford 3m39.4s
10 WRC2 Esapekka Lappi Volkswagen 6m07.0s

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