MIKOLAJKI, Poland: Estonian driver Ott Tanak powered his Ford Fiesta into a narrow lead in Rally Poland on the first full day of action on Friday (Saturday in Manila), ahead of Andreas Mikkelsen and Hayden Paddon.
Tanak was third, six seconds off the pace, after Friday’s early special stages with the Norwegian Mikkelsen, at the wheel of a VW Polo, in the lead.
But Tanak roared to the front on a scintillating afternoon of action on the sandy roads to take a 4.2-second lead into Saturday.
Third was the Kiwi Paddon of Hyundai, who is 10.2 seconds off Tanak after the 10 speed tests in Poland.
World Rally championship leader Sebastien Ogier is just about still in contention in fourth.
“It’s been a great day, especially this afternoon when I found a great rhythm,” said Tanak.
“The stages have been so fast, and some were quite rough, but the ‘button’ was in. If you want to win there is no other way.”