Toyota Yaris driver Ott Tänak dominated this weekend’s Rallye Deutschland after a hard fight for the overall lead with former teammate Sébastien Ogier, now at Ford. I was there, and, if I’m honest, I’m a little disappointed that I didn’t get to help shove a car back on the road.
Rally is the fine art of blasting down narrow stage roads as fast as possible, and cars are usually spaced pretty far apart to allow that to happen. As such, the World Rally Championship can go years without anyone crashing in a pass, but it happened at Rally Sweden.
World Rally Championship team M-Sport has the perfect send-off for drivers who leave their team: squirt them in their lap. Team mechanics rigged Ott Tänak’s car to spray water right between his legs at the season-ending Rally Australia, reports Motorsport.com. Tänak is set to move to Toyota next year.
2017 has been the year of M-Sport, a fan-favorite World Rally Championship team that’s currently beating big-budget factory rally efforts from Toyota, Citroën and Hyundai. But Ford won’t make M-Sport a full works team despite all its success, and now one of M-Sport’s most loyal drivers is leaving.
Sébastien Ogier, winner of the past four World Rally Championship drivers’ titles in an unbeatable Volkswagen, will now drive the most beastly Ford Fiesta of them all for M-Sport, the team announced today. Rally’s version of Chuck Norris will be teamed with duck fan and 2016 WRC Driver of the Year Ott Tänak.
The latest angry little peanut to break cover ahead of next year’s World Rally Championship season is the Ford Fiesta RS WRC. So many wings! Wings off wings and canards and flares with more flares! (Needless to say, I like how it looks.)
Up and coming World Rally Championship driver Hayden Paddon rolled his Hyundai off the Ponte de Lima stage of this weekend’s Rally Portugal, starting a fire in the dry brush past the road. Ford Fiesta driver Ott Tänak rolled minutes later at the same spot.
Ott Tänak had some epic jumps during the World Rally Championship’s Rally Poland — especially this romp through a forest crowd that took out the cameras that were just a little too close to the stage road. Come, let us adore them.
Even front-wheel drive Fiestas go sideways on dirt. Here’s what happens with AWD and a pro WRC driver.
Crashing is bad enough. Rolling down a hill into a lake is probably the worst case scenario, ever. Here's the onboard footage from the crash where driver Ott Tänak and codriver Raigo Mōldar plowed nose-forward off the track and rolled into a reservoir during the World Rally Championship's Rally Mexico.
Rally Mexico has not gotten off to a good start. Ford's WRC team lost contact for 17 minutes with their crew after Estonian driver Ott Tänak rolled off the road into a lake.
Estonian Ott Tänak is driving for Ford in the WRC again, one of the team's two young wheelmen for this 2015 season. Is his hair perfect? Yes.
The Col de Turini is one of the most famous stretches of road in the world, curling along the Alps close to the French/Italian border. Watch this video and you'll understand why it's so well known.
Estonian Ott Tänak was absolutely hounding has way through the Rallye Monte Carlo over the weekend until he slid his Festa WRC car of the road and down the side of a mountain. Luckily, the entire French nation showed up to push him back into the race.