Tanak crushed the competitors within the Otepaa Winter Rally, going quickest on each stage to win by 33.4 seconds from Hyundai teammate Thierry Neuville.
The end result was Tanak’s fifth win on dwelling soil with the Korean marque since final summer time and arguably crucial because the 2019 World Champion tries to bounce again from his Rally Monte Carlo disappointment.
For the second 12 months working, he retired from the normal season-opener, and to compound issues acquired a suspended one-round ban for driving again to service on three wheels.
“Total, it was a really demanding rally for us,” stated Tanak. “All day we had some very snowy situations and I might say in comparison with the Lapland take a look at [earlier this month] the situations have been very related.
“There have been some slender and quick roads and in addition some bumpy and twisty sections, so for positive we obtained some excellent data.”
Regardless of preparations for Arctic Rally Finland going in addition to he may have hoped, Tanak believes there’s nonetheless appreciable work to do if he hopes to slender the hole to Toyota.
“We now have these remaining two weeks to get ready for the subsequent spherical and ensure every part is sweet for the rally as a result of we all know we could have some very onerous competitors from Toyota in Lapland,” he stated.
“It is going to be greater than demanding. An enormous job remains to be ready forward earlier than we arrive at Lapland.”
In addition to engaged on set-up and amassing knowledge from the introduction of contemporary components, Saturday’s outing additionally allowed the staff to find how Pirelli’s newly-made studded Sottozero snow tyre carried out.
Regardless of coming dwelling second, Neuville appeared to depart Estonia for dwelling a lot the happier of the 2 drivers.
“We got here right here to check somewhat bit extra, to try to discover settings,” defined the Belgian. “All through all of the day we went progressively in the proper route, so there’s a higher feeling within the automotive. But it surely was a tricky occasion – the situations have been altering so much.
“It was actually difficult in components however yeah, on the finish the job is completed and I feel that it was good to organize on this method for the subsequent WRC occasion.
“There was a take a look at plan earlier than the occasion and everyone revered it. Everyone was capable of strive all of the [new] components which kind of had restricted availability [previously], however now for the rally everyone is aware of what he [the driver] likes and what will be on the automotive.”