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TÄNAK WINS RALLY FINLAND

//TÄNAK WINS RALLY FINLAND

TÄNAK WINS RALLY FINLAND

OTT Tänak sped to his third FIA World Rally Championship victory in four outings in Finland on Sunday afternoon to extend his points lead in the fight for the drivers’ title.

The Estonian landed his second-straight Neste Rally Finland victory in a Toyota Yaris after seeing off determined challenges from team mates Jari-Matti Latvala and Kris Meeke in the fastest round of the season.

He finished the rally 25.6sec clear of Esapekka Lappi, who showed a welcome return to form in his Citroën C3. Latvala ended a further 7.6sec behind in third.

Tänak won the live-TV Wolf Power Stage to claim five bonus points. Thierry Neuville scored four in second in a Hyundai i20 with team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen taking three points in third. Sébastien Ogier, driving a C3, and Latvala took two and one point respectively.

Final standings (provisional):