Tanak storms to a 22.7s lead
Rally Argentina

Tanak storms to a 22.7s lead

29/04/2018

Toyota's Ott Tanak stormed into a 22.7-second Rally Argentina lead with a dominant performance on Friday afternoon.

Having spent the morning charging from ninth to second following an early mistake, Tanak quickly deposed Andreas Mikkelsen from first place on the superspecial that preceded the lunchtime service.

Tanak then went quickest on all three of the afternoon's full-length stages with a pace the rest of the field could not match, despite being third in the running order on roads where the dust-clearing effect had a significant impact.

Mikkelsen's challenge for victory went awry immediately after he lost the lead, as a puncture on the next stage, Las Bajadas dropped him to eighth.

It also left the Hyundai driver without a spare tyre for the rest of the day and he was only able to regain one spot before the end of the leg.

Kris Meeke therefore moved up into second place for Citroen, despite a puncture of his own near the end of the day's final stage. He currently holds the position with a six-second margin over battling Hyundai drivers Thierry Neuville and Dani Sordo.

The team-mates swapped places through the afternoon and will begin Saturday just 0.9s apart.

Running first on the road hampered World Rally Championship leader Sebastien Ogier and he slid back to fifth place through the loop, with Craig Breen closing on him in the second Citroen.

Esapekka Lappi and Teemu Suninen also sustained punctures during the afternoon and are eighth and 10th, sandwiching an off-the-pace Elfyn Evans.

Jari-Matti Latvala's hopes of restarting for Saturday after his morning suspension breakage have been dashed as Toyota discovered there was also damage to the car's engine oil lubrication system.

"Of course [there's frustration] when you know your team-mate is running really, really well," Latvala told Autosport.

"My championship doesn't look very good. I need to put this behind and trust in myself and the speed from the car - we know the car has the speed, we have seen this today."

Related news

Daniel Ricciardo quickest again as Red Bull dominates opening Monaco practices

Daniel Ricciardo quickest again as Red Bull dominates opening Monaco practices

Daniel Ricciardo kept himself and Red Bull top of the order by recording the quickest time of second practice, finishing half a second quicker than Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel in third.

Daniel Ricciardo leads comfortable Red Bull one-two in opening Monaco practice

Daniel Ricciardo leads comfortable Red Bull one-two in opening Monaco practice

Red Bull set the pace during the opening practice session for the Monaco Grand Prix with Daniel Ricciardo beating teammate Max Verstappen to the fastest time.

Marc Marquez wins as rivals crash out

Marc Marquez wins as rivals crash out

Marc Marquez extended his MotoGP points lead with victory in the French Grand Prix at Le Mans, helped by crashes for Andrea Dovizioso and Johann Zarco.

Thierry Neuville leads championship after win in Portugal

Thierry Neuville leads championship after win in Portugal

Hyundai's Belgian driver Thierry Neuville retook the lead in the World Rallying Championship from France’s Sebastian Ogier on Sunday after winning the Portuguese Rally.

Neuville continues to build Rally Portugal lead

Neuville continues to build Rally Portugal lead

Hyundai's Thierry Neuville extended his overall Rally Portugal lead over M-Sport Ford driver Elfyn Evans across the World Rally Championship's Saturday afternoon stages, ending the day 39.8s clear.

Thierry Neuville adds to lead as Meeke crashes out

Thierry Neuville adds to lead as Meeke crashes out

Hyundai's Thierry Neuville extended his overall Rally Portugal lead on Saturday morning, ending the loop half a minute clear of Elfyn Evans after a storming run on the final stage.

Johann Zarco beats Marc Marquez to grab Le Mans pole

Johann Zarco beats Marc Marquez to grab Le Mans pole

Tech3 Yamaha rider Johann Zarco will start his home MotoGP race in France from pole after beating Marc Marquez in a frenetic qualifying session at Le Mans.

Sebastian Ogier crashes out of Rally Portugal

Sebastian Ogier crashes out of Rally Portugal

World Rally Championship leader Sebastien Ogier has crashed out of Rally Portugal on the opening stage of Friday afternoon's loop.

Thierry Neuville extends Portugal lead on Porto stages

Thierry Neuville extends Portugal lead on Porto stages

Hyundai World Rally Championship driver Thierry Neuville ended a chaotic first full day of Rally Portugal by extending his overall lead on the two short stages on Porto's streets.

RELATED NEWS

Daniel Ricciardo quickest again as Red Bull dominates opening Monaco practices
Monaco Grand Prix - FP2

Daniel Ricciardo quickest again as Red Bull dominates opening Monaco practices

Daniel Ricciardo kept himself and Red Bull top of the order by recording the quickest time of second practice, finishing half a second quicker than Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel in third.

Daniel Ricciardo leads comfortable Red Bull one-two in opening Monaco practice
Monaco Grand Prix - FP1

Daniel Ricciardo leads comfortable Red Bull one-two in opening Monaco practice

Red Bull set the pace during the opening practice session for the Monaco Grand Prix with Daniel Ricciardo beating teammate Max Verstappen to the fastest time.

Marc Marquez wins as rivals crash out
MOTOGP French Grand Prix

Marc Marquez wins as rivals crash out

Marc Marquez extended his MotoGP points lead with victory in the French Grand Prix at Le Mans, helped by crashes for Andrea Dovizioso and Johann Zarco.

Thierry Neuville leads championship after win in Portugal
Rally Portugal

Thierry Neuville leads championship after win in Portugal

Hyundai's Belgian driver Thierry Neuville retook the lead in the World Rallying Championship from France’s Sebastian Ogier on Sunday after winning the Portuguese Rally.

Neuville continues to build Rally Portugal lead
Rally Portugal

Neuville continues to build Rally Portugal lead

Hyundai's Thierry Neuville extended his overall Rally Portugal lead over M-Sport Ford driver Elfyn Evans across the World Rally Championship's Saturday afternoon stages, ending the day 39.8s clear.

Thierry Neuville adds to lead as Meeke crashes out
Rally Portugal

Thierry Neuville adds to lead as Meeke crashes out

Hyundai's Thierry Neuville extended his overall Rally Portugal lead on Saturday morning, ending the loop half a minute clear of Elfyn Evans after a storming run on the final stage.

Johann Zarco beats Marc Marquez to grab Le Mans pole
MOTOGP French Grand Prix

Johann Zarco beats Marc Marquez to grab Le Mans pole

Tech3 Yamaha rider Johann Zarco will start his home MotoGP race in France from pole after beating Marc Marquez in a frenetic qualifying session at Le Mans.

Sebastian Ogier crashes out of Rally Portugal
Rally Portugal

Sebastian Ogier crashes out of Rally Portugal

World Rally Championship leader Sebastien Ogier has crashed out of Rally Portugal on the opening stage of Friday afternoon's loop.

Thierry Neuville extends Portugal lead on Porto stages
Rally Portugal

Thierry Neuville extends Portugal lead on Porto stages

Hyundai World Rally Championship driver Thierry Neuville ended a chaotic first full day of Rally Portugal by extending his overall lead on the two short stages on Porto's streets.