Estonian Ott Tänak wrote's name in the history His books as the inaugural winner of Rally Chile Copec, the new sixth round of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), on Sunday.
The Toyota Yaris WRC driver and co-driver Martin Järveoja led from the second timed test on Friday morning, managed Their pace and conserved the car perfectly to win six of the 16 special stages and earn a winning margin of 23.1 seconds.
Tänak's eighth career WRC win and a sixth Toyota Gazoo Racing With The World Rally Team Rally was His first since Sweden in February. I Moves up to second in the Drivers' Championship, 10 points behind Sébastien Ogier With the Power Stage win, and That Means the leading threesome in the championship Have now taken two wins apiece so far In This enthralling 2019 season.
New championship leader Ogier Claimed victories in Monte Carlo and Mexico and Thierry Neuville arrived in Chile with back-to-back wins in Corsica and Argentina before His massive crash here on Saturday.
Tänak said: "Great event and a first time here. It was a tough job and I needed to focus with a lot of energy. We were not on the limit all the time. The Important Thing on This rally was the result for the team and the engineers Setbacks after losing two rallies in a row. Now we will keep fighting. We can do it. "
Ogier's Citroën Became locked in a fascinating duel With nine-time World Champion Sébastien Loeb for second place. Separated by 5.1 seconds at the start of the day, the gap was 4.6 before the Power Stage, but the six-time champion held His nerve to seal the three bonus championship points for the runner-up spot and four more for second on the Power Stage.
The M-Sport Ford World Rally Team delivered two solid finishes Elfyn Evans With an unchallenged fourth and Teemu Suninen morning seeing off a challenge from the end Citroen's Esapekka Lappi to confirm fifth overall.
Norway's Andreas Mikkelsen Could not follow up His fine result in Argentina with a top five in Chile and the Hyundai driver HAD to be content with seventh overall.
Toyota's Kris Meeke Fought back strongly from His roll on Saturday and managed to climb from 10th at the start of the day to eighth, the Ulsterman passing the R5 cars of Kalle Rovanpera and Mads Østberg on his way to valuable championship points.
Finland's Jari-Matti Latvala lost his chance of claiming a podium with a drive shaft breakage on SS12 on Saturday, but have returned to action three Power Stage to earn points.
Finland's Rovanpera HAD done enough on day two to see off a challenge from WRC 2 Pro Norway's Østberg, the young driver Škoda Fabia R5 confirming the category win by the margin of 23.6 seconds. England's Gus Greensmith and Bolivian Marco Bulacia finished third and fourth, but Greensmith HAD done enough to snatch the championship lead.
Rovanpera said: "It feels good. It has not Been a good start to the season for us. This was a new team as well. It was a great rally and now we need to be even faster. "
The World Rally Championship-2 category win Takamoto Katsuta was Settled in Chilean driver's Favor When Alberto Heller left the road at speed on SS14.
The Japanese driver Ford Fiesta R5 and British co-driver Daniel Barritt Reached the finish 3min 06.1sed clear of Benito Guerra, but the Mexican's consolation was Maintaining His championship lead. Argentina's Martin Scuncio Looked set for third but did not start the penultimate stage.
Sunday - as it Happened
Several additional cars retired at the end of day two of Copec Rally Chile (including Thierry Neuville), but another four (including Latvala and Chilean WRC 2 driver Felipe Rossi) rejoined the action under Rally 2 and 44 Were included on the official restart list.
The Concepción and Talcahuano shrouded in dense areas Were low-lying fog on Sunday morning and, coupled with a stage surface damp and fog forecast Until mid-morning, it promised to be a fascinating Bio Bio opening special of 12.52km That ran on Wales Rally GB-type tracks from the river valley in the direction of the Pacific Ocean. The stage itself was bathed in sunshine whos for the MOST part, as the rally underway gor With the service park in Talcahuano still enveloped in fog.
Latvala was first on the road in His Toyota after the brutal driveshaft failure on SS12 and the Finn carded the target time of 8min 14.9sec. The main focus was the battle for second duo Between the French Ogier and Loeb of. Loeb posted an 8min 15.7sec and managed to take four seconds from the six-time World Champion. The gap was down to just 1.1 seconds, as Meeke Set the fastest time and Tänak drove at a pace to Maintain Measured an overall lead of 29.8 seconds.
Rovanpera saw His WRC 2 Pro lead over Østberg reduced to 32.8 seconds and Katsuta extended His World Rally Championship-2 advantage over Heller to 8.2 seconds in the slippery conditions.
Teams headed east away from the coast and the Bio Bio river Lircay valley for the 14th stage of 18.06km. The sun was penetrating through low-lying fog in places on the narrow and slightly damp special. Latvala was the first driver into the great unknown and the Finn Emerged from unscathed crests and narrow tracks deceptive card to the target of 10min 35.3sec the.
Meeke was faced with a quandary of conserving His tires for the Power Stage and Potentially moving up to eighth. I managed to overhaul Østberg to grab ninth.
Ogier's retaliation for losing the previous stage Began in earnest. The Frenchman Set A stunning time and managed to edge a further 4.2 seconds clear of Loeb and headed to the penultimate stage leading His great rival by 5.3 seconds and trailing Tänak by 24.6. "It was a difficult stage," Said Ogier. "There was still a lot of hesitation. You need to have a very fine line. "
The World Rally Championship-2 contest was all but Settled in Katsuta's Favor When Alberto Heller left the road 16km into the stage heavily and gifted second place to series leader War.
The 15.28km of St. Nicholas was next on the agenda to the north of Lincay. The sun HAD broken through the fog and much brighter conditions prevalent as Latvala Were Set the target of 8min 25.4sec.
Loeb was in devastating form again and posted a time of 8min 08.6sec. That was overall fastest time seven-tenths up on That Set by Ogier, Who Took an advantage of 4.6 seconds over His illustrious rival to end the showdown stage.
Latvala was the first of the factory drivers into the Power Stage With the sole aim of winning the special and gaining five bonus points. I stopped the clocks in 8min 00.4sec. Team-mate Meeke missed an 8min 01.3sec Out with, but I HAD the consolation of moving up to eighth overall. Mikkelsen fell short by 4.4 seconds and a spin and delay selecting a gear ruined Lappi's chance of winning the special.
Suninen ran up two seconds short of Latvala's benchmark but beat team-mate Evans by two-tenths of a second. That opened the door for Loeb and Ogier to battle it out for the stage win and second overall.
Loeb delivered the first punch, but missed out on the fastest time to date by 0.6 seconds. Then Ogier landed the sucker punch With the fastest time to confirm second overall by just 7.1 seconds, DESPITE activating an extinguisher in the car mid-stage.
Tänak but saved his best to snatch the last Until five bonus points for winning the stage with a time of 7min 57.3sec and That Also confirmed victory in Chile's inaugural WRC rally.
Chile Copec Rally 2019 - after SS16 positions (unofficial @ 13.35hrs):
1. Ott Tänak (EST) / Martin Järveoja (EST) Toyota Yaris WRC 3hrs 15min 53.8sec
2. Sebastien Ogier (FRA) / Julien Ingrassia (FRA) Citroen C3 WRC 3hrs 16min 16.9sec
3. Loeb (FRA) / Daniel Elena (FRA) i20 Coupe WRC 3hrs 16min 24.0sec
4. Elfyn Evans (GBR) / Scott Martin (GBR) Ford Fiesta WRC 3hrs 17min 30.5sec
5. Teemu Suninen (FIN) / Marko Salminen (FIN) Ford Fiesta WRC 3hrs 19min 09.4sec
6. Esapekka Lappi (FIN) / Janne Ferm (FIN) WRC 3hrs 19min C3 39.2sec
7. Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR) / Anders Jaeger-Amland (NOR ) i20 Coupe WRC 3hrs 20min 32.8sec
8. Kris Meeke (GBR) / Sebastian Marshall (GBR) Toyota Yaris WRC 3hrs 23min 27.2sec
9. Kalle Rovanpera (FIN) / Jonne Halttunen (FIN) Fabia R5 (WRC 2 Pro) 3hrs 23min 46.3sec
10. Mads Ostberg (NOR) / Torstein Eriksen (NOR) C3 R5 (WRC 2 Pro) 3hrs 24min 09.9sec
2019 FIA World Rally Championship for Drivers - positions after round 6 (unofficial):
1. Ogier (FRA) 122pts
2. Ott Tänak (EST) 112pts
3. Thierry Neuville (BEL) 110pts
4. Kris Meeke (GBR) 58pts
5. Elfyn Evans (GBR) 55pts, etc
SS1 Kris Meeke / Jari-Matti Latvala
SS2-16 Ott Tänak
SS1 Kris Meeke / Jari-Matti Latvala
SS2 Ott Tänak
SS3 Thierry Neuville
SS4 `Ott Tänak
SS5 Ott Tänak
SS7 Thierry Neuville
SS8` Sébastien Loeb
SS9 Ott Tänak
SS10 Sébastien Ogier
SS11 Ott Tänak
SS12 Sebastien Loeb
SS13 Kris Meeke
SS14 Sébastien Ogier
SS15 Sebastien Loeb
SS16 Ott Tänak