After a great job, Ott Tanak (Toyota) achieved victory in the 38th Rally of Argentina, fifth date of World Rally. The Estonian took the lead in the competition organized by the Automobile Club Argentino in the first stage and he got away from his bodyguards by winning 10 of the 18 special tests carried out on the roads of the province of Córdoba.
-How does it feel to win here at Rally Argentina?
-I must say it's a very different feeling. For my victories in Sardinia and Germany I had to push until the end. This time it was different. In the first stages on Friday we lost time due to a steering problem, but then we were able to fix the car and made up for lost time on the next two stages. After the first pass we were back in the race and we had to push hard to take the lead. The car was running great and I felt safe, so it was easy to push.
-After that incident on Friday, did you think that the possibility of making the podium was disappearing?
-I thought something had broken because I had the feeling that it had hit something. When we made the second pass I started to see what was in the place, but I did not find anything. So it was kind of confusing. But we were happy about the strength of the car because we were still fast and the Yaris was up to the task.
-You showed yourself as the fastest driver in the race, were you happy with the pace you had?
-Yes, I would definitely say that it was the first rally of my career in which I didn't have to change anything. We made a small adjustment during the shakedown after the first pass, but then everything went as usual. Sometimes it was uncomfortable for me to go back to the Service Park without complaint! It is not a comfortable feeling.
-How do you feel now facing the fight for the championship?
-Definitely you have to keep pressing. I knew from the beginning that I was going to have to. I am in a new team and there are many things to learn, but we are adapting and the result so far is very good. I have enormous support behind me, everyone is putting pressure on me and I do the same with them. The fact that we work as a team is evident. It definitely feels great when you have so many people behind you putting pressure. I hope there are chances for the championship. Of course I'll keep pushing hard to get it.
|The 38th Rally of Argentina in detail|
|26/4||—||Villa Carlos Paz||4.25||Jari-Matti Latvala||Toyota Yaris WRC||2:31.5||N/A|
|1||Villa Carlos Paz||1.9||Thierry Neuville||Hyundai i20WRC||1:54.4||Thierry Neuville|
|27/4||2||Las Bajadas / Villa del Dique 1||16.65||Sébastien Ogier||Ford Fiesta WRC||8:55.7||Sébastien Ogier|
|3||Amboy / Yacanto 1||33.58||Ott Tänak||Toyota Yaris WRC||19:19.9||Andreas Mikkelsen|
|4||Santa Rosa / San Agustin 1||23.85||Ott Tänak||Toyota Yaris WRC||13:42.6|
|5||SSS Fernet Branca 1||6.04||Dani sordo||Hyundai i20 WRC||4:42.0||Ott Tänak|
|6||Las Bajadas / Villa del Dique 2||16.65||Ott Tänak||Toyota Yaris WRC||8:43.4|
|7||Amboy / Yacanto 2||33.58||Ott Tänak||Toyota Yaris WRC||19:18.7|
|8||Santa Rosa - San Agustin 2||23.85||Ott Tänak||Toyota Yaris WRC||13:35.0|
|28/4||9||Tanti - Slaughterhouses 1||13.92||Ott Tänak||Toyota Yaris WRC||9:00.1|
|10||Los Gigantes - Nevada Blade 1||16.02||Ott Tänak||Toyota Yaris WRC||8:16.7|
|11||Nevada Blade - Rio Pintos 1||40.48||Ott Tänak||Toyota Yaris WRC||24:31.0|
|12||SSS Fernet Branca 2||6.04||Thierry Neuville||Hyundai i20 WRC||4:40.8|
|13||Tanti - Slaughterhouses 2||13.92||Ott Tänak||Toyota Yaris WRC||8:59.9|
|14||Los Gigantes - Nevada Blade 2||16.02||Ott Tänak||Toyota Yaris WRC||8:15.5|
|15||Nevada Blade - Rio Pintos 2||40.48||Dani sordo||Hyundai i20 WRC||24:03.0|
|29/4||16||Copina - The Condor||16.43||Andreas Mikkelsen||Hyundai i20 WRC||13:09.5|
|17||Giulio Cesare - Mina Clavero||22.41||Thierry Neuville||Hyundai i20 WRC||18:31.3|
|18||The Condor [Power Stage]||16.43||Thierry Neuville||Hyundai i20 WRC||13:00.8|