The reigning WRC champion took victory on residence soil final weekend, additionally marking his first win for the Hyundai staff since becoming a member of at the beginning of 2020.
His first win since Wales Rally GB final 12 months additionally narrowed the hole to championship chief Sebastien Ogier, with the distinction now standing at simply 13 factors.
It was not all plain crusing for Tanak, nonetheless, as he endured a heart-in-mouth second on the penultimate stage when his automobile reacted badly by a rutted part of ‘Kaagvere’.
The Hyundai driver additionally picked up a puncture on Saturday morning’s first take a look at – the longest of the rally – however he recovered to reside as much as his pre-event favorite billing to guide residence fellow Hyundai driver Craig Breen by 22.2 seconds.
“There was a lot of pressure this weekend, to be honest, and moments of stress which are now relief,” stated Tanak, who bagged an additional three factors from Sunday’s Power Stage.
“The first World Rally event in Estonia was one that I had to win, while also knowing it would be my first with Hyundai Motorsport. It was extremely important to bring it home.
“I could not afford any errors, taking no dangers but in addition performing with the required tempo to win. Bringing all of that collectively was an actual problem.”
Tanak paid tribute to his team who continued to hone the i20 Coupe WRC even as the championship was placed on hold because of COVID-19 pandemic in an effort to narrow the speed differential to the Toyota Yaris on gravel.
The i20 has traditionally struggled on high-speed tests but a series of aerodynamic updates to the car came into their own in Estonia as it chalked up six scratch times over 17 stages.
The same car previously showed its potential on the loose by carrying Tanak to wins at both the Viru and Louna-Eesti rallies.
“We had to make use of this opportunity to catch again factors for the championship and fortunately we had been in a position to make use of it nicely,” he said. “My due to the entire staff, who’ve all been working very arduous in the course of the previous months.
“It has been a truly great job and we must keep on pushing because we have shown what we can achieve.”
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