Tanak emerged within the battle for victory on the asphalt occasion after rally chief Rovanpera picked up a entrance left puncture, which value the Finn nearly a minute of his 1m23s benefit on Stage 11.
The Hyundai driver managed to use strain on Rovanpera all through the afternoon, closing to inside 13s of the Finn, earlier than Rovanpera stamped his authority on the rally again to extend his lead to 19.9s by successful Saturday’s ultimate stage.
Whereas Tanak admits his probabilities of overhauling the chief are slim, he feels the actual fact Rovanpera pushed on Stage 16 reveals that he’s below strain.
“This afternoon we have been making an attempt however there wasn’t the boldness and feeling to essentially go for the restrict,” mentioned Tanak.
“He [Kalle] made his assertion and positively there may be loads of pace. Let’s see, in a method it’s good if he must do these statements, it means he must push.
“The circumstances are getting cleaner and simpler however we’re nonetheless missing fairly a little bit of pace.
“I’m not proud of second however in the meanwhile with that pace that they [Rovanpera] have within the pocket and what now we have, additional threat shouldn’t be paying any dividends I suppose, however let’s see.”
Ott Tänak, Martin Järveoja, Hyundai World Rally Group Hyundai i20 N Rally1
Photograph by: Fabien Dufour / Hyundai Motorsport
The Belgian was solely 12.5s behind chief Rovanpera after Stage four on Friday earlier than an alternator concern resulted in a late verify in to service, incurring a 40s penalty. This got here after Neuville and co-driver Martijn Wydaeghe have been pressured to push their i20 N for 800m to succeed in the service park.
The pair have been then handed a one-minute penalty and a €1,900 nice on Friday evening after being clocked driving at 156kph on a street part restricted to 80kph following Stage four, dropping the duo from second to fourth. Hyundai has since confirmed that it has lodged an intention to enchantment the penalty.
Hyundai is ready to have solely two automobiles on the phases on Sunday after deputy crew director Julien Moncet confirmed Oliver Solberg gained’t return following his high-speed crash on Stage 9.
Solberg’s i20 N caught fireplace following the affect with a tree which triggered the pink gentle on the automobile’s hybrid equipment.
“The automobile remains to be in quarantine after the fireplace activated the pink gentle on the hybrid, which is regular, and on this state of affairs there’s a outlined FIA security course of, so the automobile has to go in quarantine and be checked by FIA and [hybrid kit manufacturer] Compact Dynamics to declare it absolutely protected,” Moncet advised Autosport.
“Nonetheless I don’t assume we’ll see Oliver once more tomorrow.”
Solberg, who emerged from the incident unhurt, thought the automobile might return on Sunday if it had not caught fireplace.
“The rear finish went a bit gentle as I went over the crest and I believed I had it after which it simply went and sadly we went into the tree,” mentioned Solberg. “We thought the automobile was okay however then it caught fireplace.
“We have been out of the automobile after which abruptly it [the fire] got here so we have been a bit shocked.
“It took some time [to put out] as we solely had one fireplace extinguisher, so we couldn’t put it out alone. We needed to look forward to the fireplace truck and we simply needed to stand there and watch the automobile burning. If it didn’t catch fireplace we might have continued on Sunday.”