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OTT Tänak took the second FIA World Rally Championship win of his career with an impressive performance on ADAC Rallye Deutschland last weekend.
Following up their Sardinia win earlier this year with a controlled victory on a different surface, Tänak and co-driver Martin Järveoja strengthen their third place in the standings as the championship heads to a conclusion at Kennards Hire Rally Australia.
Here, Ott answers Red Bull TV’s questions about his Germany triumph –
Ott, what did you find the hardest thing about Rallye Deutschland this year?
OT: “I think Germany is always very tricky with all the different conditions, and that was especially true at the beginning of the rally. On Friday it was very extreme with some horrible weather – big rain and storms. So it was not so easy but after this, the conditions improved and it was quite nice to drive.”
Who was your strongest competitor?
OT: “Obviously Andreas Mikkelsen was the closest guy behind me, so I had to keep an eye on him. Martin and I built a good gap which we just had to maintain and luckily we didn’t have to push in the second half of the rally. We just had to drive smart.”
What was the biggest mistake you made, and what was the thing that you did best?
OT: “On Friday we had a big moment when I ran wide and nearly didn’t get back on the road, but other than that it was quite a clean event. I think one of the key moments was maybe the tyre choice on Friday. We had quite an aggressive tyre choice but in the end it worked out very well, so it was a smart move.”
What was the strongest point about your car here?
OT: “The Fiesta was just the fastest. It’s very easy!”
Which was your favourite stage?
OT: “It’s a good question. The most specific stage was Panzerplatte, very long, over 40 kilometres, with lots of technical parts and the ‘hinkelsteins’ at the side which you have to avoid at all costs. So, I’ll pick this one.”
How does the challenge of Rallye Deutschland compare to other asphalt rallies?
OT: “I think you can compare this one to Monte Carlo, with some very tricky conditions, slippery roads and constantly changing grip. Normally Corsica and Spain are much more clean. I wouldn’t say they are easier, but they are more consistent to drive. This one and Monte are still quite extreme.”
Who do you think will win the championship this year?
OT: “I think it will be me!”