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    Not giving up on WRC Croatia win regardless of Rovanpera “assertion”

    Tanak emerged within the battle for victory on the asphalt occasion after rally chief Rovanpera picked up a entrance left puncture, which price the Finn virtually a minute of his 1m23s benefit on Stage 11.

    The Hyundai driver managed to use strain on Rovanpera all through the afternoon, closing to inside 13s of the Finn, earlier than Rovanpera stamped his authority on the rally once more to increase his result in 19.9s by successful Saturday’s last stage.

    Whereas Tanak admits his possibilities of overhauling the chief are slim, he feels the actual fact Rovanpera pushed on Stage 16 reveals that he’s underneath strain.

    “This afternoon we have been making an attempt however there wasn’t the arrogance and feeling to actually go for the restrict,” mentioned Tanak.

    “He [Kalle] made his assertion and positively there may be loads of velocity. Let’s see, in a manner it’s good if he must do these statements, it means he must push.

    “The situations are getting cleaner and simpler however we’re nonetheless missing fairly a little bit of velocity.

    “I’m not proud of second however for the time being with that velocity that they [Rovanpera] have within the pocket and what we’ve got, additional threat isn’t paying any dividends I assume, however let’s see.”

    Ott Tänak, Martin Järveoja, Hyundai World Rally Team Hyundai i20 N Rally1

    Ott Tänak, Martin Järveoja, Hyundai World Rally Group Hyundai i20 N Rally1

    Picture by: Fabien Dufour / Hyundai Motorsport

    Hyundai is preventing for a double podium with Thierry Neuville sitting 4.9s adrift of third-placed M-Sport driver Craig Breen regardless of an eventful rally up to now.

    The Belgian was solely 12.5s behind chief Rovanpera after Stage 4 on Friday earlier than an alternator situation resulted in a late examine in to service, incurring a 40s penalty. This got here after Neuville and co-driver Martijn Wydaeghe have been compelled to push their i20 N for 800m to achieve the service park.

    The pair have been then handed a one-minute penalty and a €1,900 tremendous on Friday evening after being clocked driving at 156kph on a street part restricted to 80kph following Stage 4, dropping the duo from second to fourth. Hyundai has since confirmed that it has lodged an intention to attraction the penalty.

    Hyundai is about to have solely two vehicles on the levels on Sunday after deputy group director Julien Moncet confirmed Oliver Solberg received’t return following his high-speed crash on Stage 9.

    Solberg’s i20 N caught fireplace following the affect with a tree which triggered the purple gentle on the automotive’s hybrid equipment.

    “The automotive continues to be in quarantine after the fireplace activated the purple gentle on the hybrid, which is regular, and on this state of affairs there’s a outlined FIA security course of, so the automotive has to go in quarantine and be checked by FIA and [hybrid kit manufacturer] Compact Dynamics to declare it totally protected,” Moncet informed Autosport.

    “However I don’t suppose we are going to see Oliver once more tomorrow.”

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    Solberg, who emerged from the incident unhurt, thought the automotive may return on Sunday if it had not caught fireplace.

    “The rear finish went a bit gentle as I went over the crest and I assumed I had it after which it simply went and sadly we went into the tree,” mentioned Solberg. “We thought the automotive was okay however then it caught fireplace.

    “We have been out of the automotive after which suddenly it [the fire] got here so we have been a bit shocked.

    “It took some time [to put out] as we solely had one fireplace extinguisher, so we couldn’t put it out alone. We needed to watch for the fireplace truck and we simply needed to stand there and watch the automotive burning. If it didn’t catch fireplace we may have continued on Sunday.”

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