Ott Tyanak won the Chilean Rally, Sebastien Ogier led the championshipMay 13, 2019
Estonian racer Ott Tanak won the first in the history of the Chilean Rally, winning a second victory in the 2019 season and the seventh in his career.
The leader of Toyota came out on the first line after the second special stage on Friday and after that turned out to be out of reach for rivals. By the end of the second day, he brought his lead to half a minute, and on Sunday he even allowed himself to lose the pace in order to save the tires for the extra bonus. The tactic worked – Ott showed the best time and earned five extra points by the main 25 points.
“It’s nice to finish the first edition of the Chilean Rally in this way,” commented Tyanak on his success. – These three days turned out to be difficult – a maximum of concentration and energy was required. I am happy for myself and our entire team. In the two previous stages, we lost leadership. So it’s time to win. ”
Citroën driver Sebastien Ogier, who finished second, lost 23 seconds to the winner. But it was the reigning champion who headed the personal offset after Thierry Neuville rally on Saturday – the Frenchman is ten points ahead of Tyanaka.
Before the final stage, Ogier was under pressure from Sebastien Loeb and eventually outnumbered his namesake by seven seconds.
Loeb was third and won his 118th podium in the World Rally Championship, but the first behind the wheel of a Hyundai car.
“Congratulations to Hyundai Motorsport for a great job. We had a good pace, especially on Saturday and Sunday. It’s nice to be in the group of leaders again, ”the Alsatian shared his impressions.
Elfin Evans and Teemu Suninen followed Murabos after Loeb. Completed the top 10 on the results of the Chilean Rally, Esapekka Lappi, Andreas Mikkelsen, Chris Meek, WRC2 class winner Kalle Rovanpera and his main rival Mads Ostberg.
The next stage will take place from May 30 to June 2 in Portugal.
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