Not a chance. The Baltic country’s quick and smooth gravel tracks could propel round four of the series into the higher echelons of the championship’s all-time fastest rallies.
And the event’s short format, comprising one day less competition than normal, means drivers have no chance of easing back into the cut and thrust of WRC competition after the long absence.
The action begins on Friday night at the short Tartu vald (1.28km) test, which takes place on the edge of the service park at the Estonian National Museum at Tartu’s Raadi Airfield.
Saturday’s early start will catch out anyone struggling to wake up as the day begins with the longest test of the event, Prangli (20.93km). It is followed by Kanepi (16.88km) before a remote refuel in Otepää, which means ‘Ott’s Head’ in the South Estonian dialect. Mr Tänak should feel at home then.....
Otepää (9.30km) precedes Mäeküla (14.76km), with Elva (11.72km) rounding off the morning. After service at Raadi, the five tests are repeated in the afternoon, making a total of 147.18km of competition.
Sunday follows a similar format with three early morning stages which are repeated later. After a 05.57 restart, drivers face Arula (6.97km), Kaagvere (15.46km) and Kambja (20.04km).
There will be no service before the trio of tests are tackled for a second time. The final Wolf Power Stage in Kambja precedes the finish podium ceremony at Raadi. The 17 tests cover 233.40km in a total route of 869.40km.
- Full coverage from Rally Estonia will be available on WRC+ All Live here, including every stage broadcast as it happens as well as key interviews, features and expert analysis from the service park.