Tanak not anticipating Neuville to maneuver over to assist WRC title bid
Tanak heads into remaining day of the Greek gravel rally sitting 27.9s behind team-mate and rally chief Neuville following an eventful Saturday that shook up the leaderboard.
Neuville, Tanak and team-mate Dani Sordo began the day sitting fourth, fifth and sixth total, however now lockout the rostrum locations after drama struck the in a single day prime three of Sebastien Loeb, Pierre-Louis Loubet and Esapekka Lappi.
With Tanak mathematically the strongest candidate to catch runaway world championship chief Kalle Rovanpera, the subject of crew orders has emerged given Hyundai’s sturdy place with three levels remaining.
The decision for crew orders has been strengthen by the very fact Rovanpera is very unlikely to complete within the factors paying positions, sitting nearly 17 minutes adrift of Neuville, after dropping time to a collision with a tree. A most of 5 factors from the rally ending powerstage is the Finn’s greatest hope of including to his tally.
Ought to Tanak take the victory and Rovanpera miss out on powerstage factors, the 2019 champion might scale back Rovanpera’s championship lead from 72 to 47 factors with 90 factors accessible from the ultimate three rounds.
Requested if he anticipated Neuville to maneuver over on Sunday, Tanak mentioned: “I don’t suppose so, I believe it’s bit an excessive amount of to ask.”
Neuville, but to win a rally this yr, supplied an identical response when requested if he could be anticipated to surrender time to Tanak: “No, not all to be sincere. I believe the goal for the crew is to carry the three automobiles dwelling on the rostrum. If we get that I believe there will probably be an enormous celebration.”
Ott Tanak, Martin Jarveoja, Hyundai World Rally Crew Hyundai i20 N Rally1
Photograph by: McKlein / Motorsport Photos
Hyundai’s deputy crew director Julien Moncet reiterated that making certain his drivers carry dwelling a 1-2-3 was the precedence, however didn’t deny that crew orders could be deployed.
“My solely concern is to safe the 1-2-3 place on the highway tomorrow for the remaining we’ll see,” mentioned Moncet.
Moncet did reveal his crew confronted a troublesome afternoon battling overheating points on all three i20 Ns brought on by the excessive ambient temperatures.
“It has been a troublesome day for everyone, we now have seen quite a lot of dramas affected by the roads and the temperatures,” he added.
“We had some issues however we managed to type them out with the help of the crew.
“It has been a troublesome day for us and we now have been a bit nervous particularly this afternoon after we noticed all of the alarms on the automobiles, however right here we’re 1-2-3. We’re wanting ahead to tomorrow.”
Rovanpera not assured in salvaging powerstage factors
Championship favorite Rovanpera has downplayed the prospect of salvaging powerstage factors following an out of kinds efficiency on the powerful Greek gravels levels.
The Toyota driver and five-time rally winner this season has struggled to match the outright tempo this weekend.
Rovanpera was hampered by opening the roads on Friday which left the 21-year-old greater than a minute adrift in ninth. However any hope of salvaging a end within the championship factors paying positions was dashed by an error on Stage 9 on Saturday.
Waiting for Sunday, Rovanpera isn’t assured he has the tempo to problem on the rally ending powerstage.
“We had nothing to combat for thus we simply drove by the stage,” mentioned Rovanpera.
“After all we’ll attempt to do what we will [on the powerstage], however I believe we’re missing a lot tempo in the intervening time that it isn’t attainable to do a lot there.”