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WRC Rally Sweden
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How the WRC title fight ignited in Sweden's winter wonderland

After many predicted a Kalle Rovanpera domination following his maiden World Rally Championship crown last year, the 2023 title tussle is alight with all three manufacturers in the fight. Ott Tanak’s Rally Sweden victory encapsulated exactly why he’s returned to M-Sport, while changes at Hyundai are starting to have an impact

When M-Sport re-signed Ott Tanak for the 2023 World Rally Championship season the objective was clear: return to the top step of the podium after a trying campaign last year. In Sweden last weekend, just the second round of the campaign, Tanak delivered.

The 2019 world champion outlined why he remains the sought-after talent M-Sport was desperate to rehire, proving it is possible to win in the WRC without the fastest car. Tanak’s run to an 18th career victory also underlined that the Estonian’s return to M-Sport, the team that nurtured his talent back in 2011, will add extra spice to the championship battle. Reigning world champion Kalle Rovanpera had anticipated strong opposition this year, but now he knows he’ll have a fight on his hands to defend his crown.

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