Ott Tanak can be “silly” to take pointless dangers on the ultimate day of the World Rally Championship’s Arctic Rally and put victory in jeopardy, says Hyundai principal Andrea Adamo.
Tanak and co-driver Martin Jarveoja lead the WRC assembly in Finland by 24.1 seconds after as we speak’s six phases.
Their grip on prime spot on the winter occasion was strengthened because of quickest occasions on three of the phases.
It implies that solely two Sunday assessments – one in every of which is the bonus factors Energy Stage – stand between the Estonians and a primary win of 2021.
The outcome would transfer one-time champion Tanak again into title rivalry after a forgettable begin eventually month’s Rally Monte-Carlo the place he retired and was later issued with a suspended one-rally ban.
“I believe Ott can be silly to attempt to danger an excessive amount of,” mentioned Adamo.
“I must say it has not been a foul day for us with Ott persevering with to guide and Thierry combating again into the provisional podium positions. It has been good to see their performances.”
Like most of the main drivers competing on the Rovaniemi-based occasion, Tanak remarked that tyre put on was a specific concern for the afternoon phases because the racing line second time via was noticeably harsher on the studs.
“We took all of the tyres we had and used them, so this afternoon was about managing them, getting via and never doing any errors,” defined Tanak.
“This morning we have been nonetheless pushing a bit after which this afternoon it was vital to come back via clear [with no damage].
“The final stage was fairly nerve-racking for the tyre and yeah, it was not simple for certain, however for us there was no want [to take any risks]. I imply it was vital to come back via,” he added.
Hyundai stay heading in the right direction for a one-two end after Thierry Neuville recovered from his earlier intercom points to maneuver to inside 1.8 seconds of Toyota Gazoo Racing teen, Kalle Rovanpera.
After working as excessive as second at one level, Irishman Craig Breen has dropped to fourth, whereas Oliver Solberg – on his WRC automobile debut with stand-in navigator Sebastien Marshall – is sixth.
Requested about Solberg’s driver, Adamo mentioned: “We did not determine to have him in a WRC automobile as a result of we had a spare one left. We did it as a result of we thought it might be doable for him to do properly.
“After all, for those who would have requested me earlier than [the rally] I might by no means have guess he might have carried out what he has carried out from the second stage.
“My, let me say, casual reply would have been that I anticipated him to get sooner and sooner alongside the best way. And he’s positively getting sooner and sooner though he began very quick already.”