Ott Tänak takes four points from Rally Turkey

Ott Tänak - Martin Järveoja at the finish line of the Rally Turkey Marmaris power stage.
Ott Tänak - Martin Järveoja at the finish line of the Rally Turkey Marmaris power stage. Source: Screenshot

Elfyn Evans wins Rally Turkey for Toyota (2:43:02.7), followed by Thierry Neuville (Hyundai; +35.2) and Frenchman Sebastien Loeb (Hyundai; +59.4). Ott Tänak who was left on the side of the road by a steering failure on Saturday takes four points from the final stage.

Ott Tänak and co-driver Martin Järveoja (Hyundai) managed to take second place and four points from the Marmaris power stage that closed the rally, finishing seventeenth overall.

The Turkish rally came with difficulties for each driver, as all of Thierry Neuville (Hyundai), Sebastein Ogier (Toyota), Kalle Rovanperä (Toyota) and Esapekka Lappi (Ford) had to change their tires on the last day of the rally.

Tänak and Järveoja endured obstacles as well, particularly with communication, leading to the co-driver having to use hand signals in some parts of the rally.

Elfyn Evans (Toyota), who practically avoided all set-backs cleared the race rather comfortably, extending his lead in the season rankings to 18 points. Evans has never been crowned WRC champion.

Tänak's four points give him 70 for the season, tied with Finnish driver Kalle Rovanperä, enough to share third place in the season rankings. Evans currently sits atop the rankings, 18 points ahead of second-place Ogier with 79.

Thierry Neuville (Hyundai) rounds out the first five, Neuville is also the last driver to remain in potential championship contention with 65 points after grabbing a victory in the Rally Turkey point stage.

As of September 21, there are two rounds of the World Rally Championship season yet to drive, Rally Italia Sardegna and Ypres Rally Belgium. Evans has a solid lead but he will have to clear out the roads in Sardinia.

Toyota holds the lead in the manufacturers' rankings with 174 points, but Hyundai is only down nine. M-Sport Ford is third, and last, with 101 points.


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