Thursday | 26 Aug 2021

Tänak’s title hopes: ‘We won’t stop trying’

Ott Tänak won’t give up on this year’s FIA World Rally Championship title – but he knows the 75-point gap between his fifth position and Sébastien Ogier at the top of the table will be near-impossible to bridge.

Tänak’s second season with Hyundai Motorsport has been a tough one so far. He retired from the lead with broken suspension in both Portugal and Italy and a puncture ruled him out of third place at Renties Ypres Rally Belgium earlier this month.

There remains a maximum of 120 points available from the final four rallies of the season in Greece, Finland, Spain and Japan but the Estonian is a realist as well as an optimist.

“The championship is still not finished,” he said, “and we won’t stop trying until it’s impossible – but it’s very difficult for us. These times have been quite tough, but we need to get through this and we will.”

With an eye to the immediate future, Tänak is looking forward to next month’s Acropolis Rally Greece (9 - 12 September), but admits he doesn’t remember much from his two previous visits to the event.

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He retired a Ford Fiesta S2000 in 2011 before finishing ninth in a Fiesta RS World Rally Car the last time the Acropolis was included in the calendar in 2012.

“It’s going to be like another new rally,” he said. “I don’t know so much about Greece, but it’s likely to be a hot one.”

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