Three things stood out in Sardinia on last week's Rally d'Italia.
There was Sebastien Loeb's sublime success from the front of the field in his Citroen DS3 WRC. Next up, Volkswagen's announcement that the Polo R WRC is go for 2013. And finally, the Mini debut - and Kris Meeke's stunning drive. The Northern Irishman grabbed the headlines while his team-mate Dani Sordo took the first points for the John Cooper Works WRC.
All of the above were pretty well documented on AUTOSPORT.com last week. Now look a little closer at the result from Olbia. Look beyond Sordo's sixth place and what do you find: Ott Tanak in seventh, but crucially the first man home without the aid of a blower under the bonnet of his Ford. In Sardinia, Tanak dominated the third round of the Super 2000 World Rally Championship.
Tanak doesn't say much. Let's face it, he's had a good teacher in Markko Martin. That's not a criticism of Markko. I've known him for a long time and he has a fine, English-tuned sense of humour and a generosity of character which led him to pay for supper in Monaco and give me a ride in his 911. He's a good bloke. Just not one for wasting words.
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