Wales Rally GB: Toyota's Ott Tanak explains WRC shakedown crash

Toyota World Rally Championship driver Ott Tanak has blamed a windscreen wiper problem for his Wales Rally GB shakedown crash

Wales Rally GB: Toyota's Ott Tanak explains WRC shakedown crash

Tanak became disoriented while braking for a tight and tricky right-hander because of the wiper problem.

The corner is well known to drivers who regularly rally in the Clocaenog forest, where the shakedown test is situated, and heavy rain in the build up to the event made the road extremely slippy.

The car crashed front-first into a bank with its rear-wheels suspended, and spectators had to jump up and down on the rear to give the car traction to escape the small ditch on the outside of the corner.

Tanak was able to complete the 30-minute drive back to Deeside, where Toyota issued repairs and the Estonian was able to head back out to do more shakedown runs.

"I had some electrical issue with the wipers, there was something before the corner and I tried to get them in the position so I could see out of the screen again," said Tanak.

"When I looked out the corner was already there and I was much too quick, I should have been concentrating on the main job.

"There was a small hole in the top corner of the radiator which was leaking water. I was able to fix it and get back to service. We lost a couple of hours."

The Estonian - who confirmed the car was "OK" after his later shakedown runs - is on a run of three straight rally wins and sits 13 points behind championship leader Thierry Neuville and 10 points ahead of reigning champion Sebastien Ogier.

Teemu Suninen had been fastest in shakedown for most of the session as drivers struggled to improve on their first couple of runs, the road churning up in places making the going even more slippy.

Suninen headed the shakedown times, with Ogier bucking the trend by going fastest on his fourth run of the stage.

Of the title contenders, Ogier was highest in the order and placed second, with Thierry Neuville in sixth and Tanak in 11th after his late runs.

Skoda driver Kalle Rovanpera topped WRC2 entrants, days after his 18th birthday, ahead of Eric Camilli and new Citroen driver Ole Christian Veiby.

shares
comments
How Rally GB won over the WRC title contenders

Previous article

How Rally GB won over the WRC title contenders

Next article

WRC stars Neuville and Breen impressed by new 2018 Rally GB route

WRC stars Neuville and Breen impressed by new 2018 Rally GB route
Load comments

About this article

Series WRC
Drivers Ott Tanak
Teams Toyota Racing
Author Jack Benyon
Why the success of AVB's WRC debut won't be defined on the stages Plus

Why the success of AVB's WRC debut won't be defined on the stages

Three years after a Dakar Rally crash resulted in him being airlifted to hospital, Andre Villas-Boas is preparing to make his debut on his home round of the World Rally Championship later this month. His goals for the event are modest, but the same cannot be said for the charities he plans to promote where his true impact could be felt

WRC
May 13, 2021
Why there's no easy fix for Hyundai's operational Achilles Heel Plus

Why there's no easy fix for Hyundai's operational Achilles Heel

Hyundai Motorsport boss Andrea Adamo was vocal in his criticism of his team's tyre choices on Rally Croatia and declared that he "had better move my ass and solve it". Doing so will be vital to getting Hyundai's 2021 WRC title hopes back on track, but finding the root of the problem won't be the work of a moment

WRC
Apr 28, 2021
How Ogier held on after a shock bump in the road to triumph in Croatia Plus

How Ogier held on after a shock bump in the road to triumph in Croatia

Sebastien Ogier was already in an incredibly tight fight at Rally Croatia before a surprise collision with public road traffic at the start of the final day. But the defending champion held his nerve to take a narrow victory and create further World Rally Championship history

WRC
Apr 26, 2021
Why the casualty of rallying's evolution should still be cherished Plus

Why the casualty of rallying's evolution should still be cherished

The WRC's support categories are in a process of streamlining that will spell the end of a formalised 2WD world championship-level category. While its relevance to the top level has been questioned for some time, that doesn't mean it should be swept quietly under the carpet

WRC
Apr 5, 2021
Why WRC's hybrid path could leave it at a crossroads Plus

Why WRC's hybrid path could leave it at a crossroads

With all three major manufacturers committing to the World Rally Championship’s hybrid era from 2022, the future of the series is assured for now, but it could lead to trickier twists and turns further down the road

WRC
Apr 1, 2021
How Tanak froze out the competition at the Arctic Rally Plus

How Tanak froze out the competition at the Arctic Rally

Ott Tanak made up for a disastrous Monte Carlo Rally by leading all the way on the snow-kissed stages of the Arctic Rally Finland and in the process hit back at an event Toyota had been expected to dominate

WRC
Mar 1, 2021
What to expect from the WRC's venture to the Arctic Plus

What to expect from the WRC's venture to the Arctic

This week's Arctic Rally Finland will bring the World Rally Championship into new territory. And, almost without exception, the service park can't wait for the subzero challenge to commence

WRC
Feb 25, 2021
How Ogier achieved a fitting Monte Carlo farewell Plus

How Ogier achieved a fitting Monte Carlo farewell

Against pandemic-shaped odds, the World Rally Championship season opener went ahead in Monte Carlo last weekend as a familiar face again took top spot. But for an emotional Sebastien Ogier, his record-breaking eighth win meant more than most

WRC
Jan 25, 2021