Mainly, this is the season opening story of last year’s Rallye World Champion, Ott Tänak (please see blogpost 179). He changed this year from Toyota to Hyundai – new team, new car, new season.
It is just one example of many on today’s subject. The video speaks for itself – very impressive, scary and breathtaking. Driver and co-driver remained almost uninjured in this severe accident.
He overdid it. Ott Tänak drove extremely fast at this point of the route, significantly faster than all other – too fast, in brief. Was it lacking harmony with the new vehicle (not yet complete familiarity), the pressure to be better than his new team mate and rival Thierry Neuville (who finally won this first event of the season), or something else – we do not know, probably the driver himself does not really know.
This year, 2020, Ott Tänak got a second chance in this context – a kind of season opening in current season, after the break due to the coronavirus pandemic. Beginning of September, he triumphed in his homeland (Rally Estonia). Suddenly good prospects to end this FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) on the podium, too.
For the actual standings please have a look at today’s recommendation; where is Ott Tänak, the man with the unlucky season opening, classified?
See you next Friday. - God bless you, all the best! The Castiron
PS According to MOTORSPORT aktuell Nr. 07 / 2020 (page 22) speed at the accident site, approximately: Tänak 180 km/h (110 miles per hour), Neuville 140 km/h (90 miles per hour) and the multiple world champion Sébastien Ogier 140 km/h (90 miles per hour) ...