Tänak retires from Rally Italy lead after hitting a rock

Tänak retires from Rally Italy lead after hitting a rock

Ott Tänak has retired on SS12 at Rally Italy. The Estonian had a comfortable lead of 40.5 seconds.

Drama struck for Tänak in SS12 in a fast left hander. The Hyundai driver hit a big rock on the ideal line which damaged his car and forced him to stop in the stage.

It’s the second rally in a row that Tänak retires from the lead of a rally. It means Sébastien Ogier now leads the Rally Italy by 17.5 seconds over Hyundai’s Dani Sordo. Elfyn Evans moves up to third, 32.1 seconds behind Ogier and 8.5 seconds in front of Thierry Neuville. Takamoto Katsuta is fifth overall and the last WRC-car driver in the top 10. WRC2-leader Mads Østberg is up to sixth overall despite brake issues earlier this morning. Hyundai-junior Jari Huttunen is 25.1s behind Østberg in seventh. Yohan Rossel leads WRC3 and is now eighth overall. Spanish drivers Pepe López and Jan Solans round of the top 10.

M-Sport’s Gus Greensmith restarted today but had to retire in SS12 due to a suspected mechanical failure.

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