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.
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.
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
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