Ott Tanak: I'm fighting Ogier/Neuville for 2017 WRC title

Ott Tanak says his Rally Germany win has played him into the thick of the fight for this year's World Rally Championship title

Ott Tanak: I'm fighting Ogier/Neuville for 2017 WRC title

The M-Sport Ford Fiesta WRC driver scored a comfortable victory last weekend, after an inspired tyre choice in Friday afternoon's wet conditions propelled him to the front.

Tanak's win narrowed the gap to his series leading team-mate Sebastien Ogier to 33 points, while second-placed Thierry Neuville is only 16 points ahead.

"This championship's not over," Tanak told Autosport. "It's never over until it's over.

"While it's still possible I will keep fighting and keep pushing.

"I have closed the gap to the two guys in front and that gap's not too big.

"I know I will have to win more rallies, but that's what we're aiming for in the next three [rallies].

"We've seen that anything can happen and if there's any kind of slip or problem then I'll be right there.

"I don't see any reason why we shouldn't be right there - but we need to keep winning if we want that title."

The three remaining rounds of this season's WRC will take place in Spain, Great Britain and Australia.

Ogier is seeking a fifth straight title, in his first season with M-Sport, while Tanak is enjoying comfortably his most competitive WRC campaign.

He is back in the M-Sport fold after a season with the DMACK-run team, and M-Sport team principal Malcolm Wilson said he was delighted with Tanak's performances.

"This year has shown us that anything can happen, so I certainly wouldn't rule Ott out," said Wilson.

"I don't want to say too much now, we've been in this position before and seen it disappear.

"We have to stay focused as a team and work harder and harder on the last three rallies - and that's exactly what we will be doing."

shares
comments
Ogier found Neuville's Germany stoppage 'difficult' and 'strange'

Previous article

Ogier found Neuville's Germany stoppage 'difficult' and 'strange'

Next article

Citroen WRC team yet to confirm Meeke for October's Rally Catalunya

Citroen WRC team yet to confirm Meeke for October's Rally Catalunya
Load comments
Does Neuville have a point with his Rally1 rant? Plus

Does Neuville have a point with his Rally1 rant?

OPINION: Thierry Neuville's diatribe against the upcoming Rally1-spec machines that will usher in the World Rally Championship's new hybrid era was remarkable in an era where drivers are usually reticent to air their views in public. But are the Belgian's concerns about speed, safety and cost entirely valid?

WRC
Sep 16, 2021
How the WRC's new flying Finn reached new heights in the Greek mountains Plus

How the WRC's new flying Finn reached new heights in the Greek mountains

After Kalle Rovanpera’s historic feat at Rally Estonia, the Finn scaled new heights at the Rally of the Gods with a commanding victory. And this time Toyota’s young star demonstrated why the future is bright with his devastating speed and consistency at the Acropolis Rally

WRC
Sep 13, 2021
The WRC drivers that came of age at the Acropolis Rally Plus

The WRC drivers that came of age at the Acropolis Rally

Five drivers have won first time out at the Rally Acropolis, transcending the tough dirt and gravel Greek roads to cement a place in rallying folklore. Here are three of the first-time winners' tales

WRC
Sep 9, 2021
Understanding Suninen’s sudden WRC exit gamble Plus

Understanding Suninen’s sudden WRC exit gamble

From being considered a likely contender to drive the next-generation M-Sport Ford Puma in 2022, Teemu Suninen's abrupt exit has created plenty of questions. The Finn's bid to become his country's next World Rally Championship winner won't be furthered by being sidelined, but there may be reason behind the decision

WRC
Sep 2, 2021
Could Spa’s cameo offer the WRC a new avenue to exploit? Plus

Could Spa’s cameo offer the WRC a new avenue to exploit?

OPINION: The Ypres Rally featured a cameo from the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in its final stage, giving WRC teams the chance to experience its iconic corners in rallying machinery. It proved to be an engaging addition to the rally, and could perhaps serve as an example for other events to visit famous circuits

WRC
Aug 24, 2021
How Hyundai's home hero delivered overdue WRC success in Belgium Plus

How Hyundai's home hero delivered overdue WRC success in Belgium

With limited recent fortune and pressure starting to mount, Hyundai needed a big result at the Ypres Rally. All the key components came together in Belgium to see home hero Thierry Neuville lead a manufacturer 1-2 and kickstart its World Rally Championship challenge

WRC
Aug 16, 2021
The new car that can resurrect Ford's WRC winning pedigree Plus

The new car that can resurrect Ford's WRC winning pedigree

M-Sport has become the first to unveil its new-for-2022 hybrid World Rally Championship challenger, the Puma Rally1. Ford has upped its support in a bid for glory, but can the new machine roll back the years and return the Blue Oval to the top of the WRC tree?

WRC
Aug 12, 2021
The rookie WRC driver aiming to continue Loeb and Ogier's legacies Plus

The rookie WRC driver aiming to continue Loeb and Ogier's legacies

French drivers have dominated the World Rally Championship across the past two decades; Sebastiens Loeb and Ogier have racked up the titles in commanding fashion. With Ogier calling it a day on full-time WRC competition from next year, France will pin its long-term hopes on rookie Adrien Fourmaux, who looks to have a bright future.

WRC
Aug 7, 2021