Tuesday | 29 Oct 2019

Tänak: Road to the title

Ott Tänak and Martin Järveoja secured his and Estonia’s first WRC drivers’ crown with a round to spare after finishing second at RallyRACC Catalunya - Rally de España on Sunday. We chart the Toyota pilot’s season of glory.

Tänak title factfile

Six wins
• Nine podiums
Four maximum 30-point scores
• He has scored points at every rally
Six Wolf Power Stage victories
• He has used four different Toyota Yaris chassis. Chassis no10 was the most successful, with victories in Sweden, Portugal, Finland and Great Britain
He has won 73 special stages, 31 more than next-best Thierry Neuville
• He has led rallies for 109 special stages
He has won at least one stage on 35 consecutive rallies, dating back to France 2017
• First Estonian to win WRC drivers’ title
First non-French winner since 2003.

Statistics courtesy of WRC+ All Live's Julian Porter

Monte-Carlo: Led after the opening night before a broken wheel rim demoted him to eighth. Won all four stages in a super Saturday to recover to fifth. Two more victories in the hills above Monaco enabled him to salvage a podium.
Result: 3rd Championship: 3rd

Sweden: Topped the championship for the first time. Swept ahead on Saturday and took a commanding advantage when Teemu Suninen crashed. Eased through the final leg to triumph by almost a minute and won the Wolf Power Stage.
Result: 1st Championship: 1st

Mexico: Opening the road proved a big disadvantage. Helped by high attrition to end the first leg fourth and outgunned Elfyn Evans in the final day to finish runner-up.
Result: 2nd Championship: 1st

France: Disappointing weekend on the asphalt. Fought tooth and nail with Evans to finish the opening leg in second, but changed a puncture on Saturday and dropped to sixth.
Result: 6th Championship: 3rd

Argentina: First retirement of the campaign. Initial lead was wiped out when a broken driveshaft caused a spin and relegated him to third. Closed on leader Thierry Neuville before alternator problems brought an early exit. Salvaged points by climbing to eighth on final day.
Result: 8th Championship: 3rd

Chile: Recovered from an early spin to lead and managed his advantage to beat Ogier by more than 20sec for his second win of the year. Secured maximum points with Wolf Power Stage victory.
Result: 1st Championship: 2nd

Portugal: One of his hardest victories. Lead was eroded by brake problems and a broken front right damper in Saturday’s final stage. Survived intense early pressure from team-mates Jari-Matti Latvala and Kris Meeke.
Result: 1st Championship: 2nd

Italy: Low point of the season. The high of winning all Saturday’s six tests to lead contrasted with the heartbreak of a final stage steering problem which caused a spin. He plunged to fifth, but had the consolation of regaining the championship lead.
Result: 5th Championship: 1st

Tänak won in Finland after a furious fight with team-mates Jari-Matti Latvala and Kris Meeke

Finland: An early lead gave way to fourth as rutted roads cost time, but regained top spot after a furious fight with Latvala and Meeke, who both fell foul of a rogue rock. Completed the win with a Wolf Power Stage victory.
Result: 1st Championship: 1st

Germany: Claimed his fourth win in five rallies. Led Neuville in an epic battle before the Belgian punctured. Survived final stage brake problems.
Result: 1st Championship: 1st

Turkey: Another disappointment. Carving a line through loose gravel and a puncture left him languishing in eighth before ECU failure forced him into retirement in the second leg. Salvaged maximum points from the Wolf Power Stage.
Result: 16th Championship: 1st

Great Britain: Grabbed the lead from Meeke late on Friday and fended off Neuville and Ogier in typically tough British conditions to clinch a hard-earned win. Topped off his fifth win in seven rounds with maximum bonus points in the final stage.
Result: 1st Championship: 1st

Spain: Crowning glory after being under intense pressure all weekend. Gradually climbed from fifth to snatch second with a stirring final stage drive, ending Neuville’s brave bid to take the title fight to Australia’s final round.
Result: 2nd Championship: 1st



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