OTT TÄNAK, THE ESTONIAN RALLY DRIVER who won his first ever WRC rally in Italy a few months ago, did it again and this time it was in Germany. Tänak started the German asphalt challenge by finishing second in the first stage on Thursday. However, on the very next day the M-Sport Ford driver went on to win three of the seven stages and finishing among the top five in the rest of the stages. By the end of Friday, Tänak was leading the pack, but it wasn’t smooth sailing for the Estonian. Giving Ott tough competition was Andreas Mikkelsen of Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT, who ended the day just 5.7 seconds behind Tänak.
Saturday was the day when Tänak stamped his authority on the German rally by extending his lead to 26.7 seconds by SS14. Mikkelsen tried his best to keep up but the Norwegian driver wasn’t able to shake Tänak off the top spot. Saturday came to an end with Tänak leading with a healthy 21.4 seconds.
Tänak continued his blistering pace on German asphalt and he clinched his second victory of the season, which also happens to be his second ever in WRC. Andreas Mikkelsen, who was in the fight for the top spot, was able to finished 16.4 seconds behind the Estonian. The final place on the podium went to the second M-Sport Ford Driver, Sébastien Ogier. After finishing third in Germany, Ogier is back at the top of the championship table as his closest rival, Thierry Neuville of Hyundai Motorsp