Thursday | 29 Jul 2021

Tänak: "I'm not giving up"

Hyundai Motorsport star Ott Tänak says he won’t give up on his World Rally Championship ambitions, despite dropping more points to series leader Sébastien Ogier at Rally Estonia earlier this month.

The 2019 champion is fifth in the standings, 74 points down on Ogier with five rounds remaining this season.

The Estonian said: “For me, let’s say I’m not giving up and I will go and do best in the coming rallies, but for the championship it’s nothing to think about.”

The race for the manufacturers’ championship is closer, with his Hyundai Motorsport squad 59 down on Toyota.

Tänak knows that big performances from all three factory Hyundai i20 Coupe WRCs are needed to narrow that gap.

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“For the team,” he continued, “we need to keep pushing as much as possible. We need to see how things develop at the moment because Toyota is still very far away, we have to do what we can.”

Next month’s Renties Ypres Rally Belgium should favour Hyundai Motorsport, with Thierry Neuville – the Korean firm’s leading driver in the standings – the much-fancied local hero.

The 13-15 August all-asphalt event is an important one for Hyundai Motorsport, marking the debut of its i20 Rally2 as well. Oliver Solberg and Jari Huttunen will drive those cars.

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