Ott Tänak

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Ott Tänak
Rallye Deutschland 2017 (Tänak-0773).jpg
Personal information
NationalityEstonia Estonian
Born (1987-10-15) 15 October 1987 (age 31)
Kärla Parish, Estonia
World Rally Championship record
Active years20092012, 2014–present
Co-driverEstonia Martin Järveoja (2017–)
Estonia Raigo Mõlder (2014–2016)
Estonia Kuldar Sikk (2010–2012)
Estonia Kristo Kraag (2009)
TeamsToyota (2018–)
M-Sport (2011–2012, 2014–2015, 2017)
DMACK (2014, 2016)
Pirelli Star Driver (2010)
Rallies100
Championships0
Rally wins9
Podiums22
Stage wins195
Total points757
First rally2009 Rally de Portugal
First win2017 Rally Italia Sardegna
Last win2019 Rally de Portugal
Last rally2019 Rally Italia Sardegna
Last updated on: 17.06.2019.

Ott Tänak (born 15 October 1987) is an Estonian rally driver. He is currently teamed with Martin Järveoja and is competing for Toyota in the World Rally Championship. In the 2017 and 2018 seasons, Tänak and Järveoja finished 3rd in the overall driver's standings, behind rivals Thierry Neuville and Sebastien Ogier.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Tänak won the Estonian Rally Championship in 2008 and 2009, driving for the team run by former world rally winner Markko Märtin.[1] Tänak made his World Rally Championship debut on the 2009 Rally de Portugal, finishing 20th overall.[2] In September 2009 Tänak won the European Pirelli Star Driver shootout held in Austria.[3] This gave him the opportunity to compete on six rounds of the 2010 World Rally Championship season. He won the PWRC category on the 2010 Rally Finland and 2010 Rally GB.

Tänak at the 2010 Rally Finland

2011[edit]

In 2011, Tänak drove 7 rallies with a Ford Fiesta S2000, prepared by MM-Motosport team under Markko Märtin's instructions. He made a five-year contract with Ford.[4]

Tänak scored his first WRC points in the 2011 Rally Mexico, and finished 3rd in SWRC. In Italy he collected his first class win with an outstanding performance. He continued to impress in Greece, as he was leading after the first day, but rolled his car on the first stage of the second day, and had to retire. In Finland he finished 3rd, and looked like he has only mathematical chances of winning the title. But with victories in Germany and France, he put himself back into title contention, arriving in Spain only 3 points behind leader Juho Hänninen. However, he hit a rock on the first stage, breaking his Fiesta S2000's front crossmember, and had to restart under SupeRally rules, meaning that he basically lost all of his chances of becoming the champion. He finished the event sixth in SWRC, and runner-up to Hänninen in the championship standings.

He made his debut in a WRC-spec Ford Fiesta prepared by M-Sport Stobart at the 2011 Wales Rally GB, testing tyre supplier DMACK's tyre compounds in preparation for their entry into the championship in 2012.[5]

2012[edit]

Tänak at the 2012 Rallye de France

In 2012, Tänak was the number one driver for M-Sport Ford World Rally Team, and with a Ford Fiesta RS WRC he drove the full 2012 season. At the Rally Sweden Tänak took his first stage win on SS14.[6] He later had a season with ups and downs. After retiring in Sweden with engine failure, he finished fifth in Mexico. But in Portugal, he slid off the road, forcing him to return under Rally2 (formerly SupeRally) rules. The next round, Rally Argentina started well for Tänak, but continued badly: he collected punctures, and slid back to 37th, but fought his way back to 10th. In Greece, he was doing well until he had to stop due to suspension damage and had to use Rally2 again. He crashed out in New Zealand, but on Rally Finland, the next round, he bounced back with a 6th-place finish. He followed this up by two crashes in Germany and Great Britain. After these poor performances, he went on to finish sixth in France. He scored his first podium in Italy, the penultimate round of the season, by finishing 3rd behind winner Mikko Hirvonen and Evgeny Novikov. The final round of the season, the Catalunya Rally, was bittersweet to him: on the first day, he was even leading the rally, and was lying fifth when he crashed out on the last stage. He finished 8th in the final standings, winning 8 stages during the season.

2013[edit]

In the year 2013, Tänak was no longer a part of M-Sport World Rally Team and was forced to leave the WRC stage. He started competing in and leading a team at Estonian national rallies, OT Racing, and the first rally under his direction was Võru Talveralli 2013. Tänak's first competitive rally in 2013 was Rally Tallinn, driving a Subaru Impreza WRX STi N12, in which he finished 2nd, just after Georg Gross, who was driving a 2008 Ford Focus WRC, and just 0.4 seconds ahead of Alexey Lukyanuk, who was driving in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 10. In season total, he finished 6 rally events, of which one he won and came 2nd in the rest, all behind Georg Gross. At the season finale, Saaremaa Ralli, Tänak led the event at the penultimate stage by just 4.4 seconds ahead of Georg Gross. Five stages before the penultimate stage, Tänak, with his WRC experience, knew that he would have to really push in the early morning when others are still waking up. He succeeded and built a lead of 15.9 seconds ahead of Egon Kaur and 20 seconds ahead of Georg Gross. But it wasn't enough, he was driving on the limits of his Subaru Impreza and couldn't go any faster. Georg Gross caught him on the final stage and won by 2.4 seconds. He finished the season by winning the N4 class with 3 points ahead of Timmu Kõrge.

2014[edit]

Tänak at the 2014 Rally Sweden

Tänak joined the DMACK World Rally Team in 2014, which he drove under WRC2, and M-Sport, where he took part in Sweden, Portugal and Sardegna with a Ford Fiesta RS WRC. Raigo Mõlder served as his co-driver and his WRC-2 teammate was Jari Ketomaa.[7]

2015[edit]

In 2015, Tänak returned to M-Sport Ford World Rally Team following the retirement of Mikko Hirvonen to compete in the Ford Fiesta RS WRC.[8] His best result of the season was claiming third in the 72nd Rally Poland, matching his career-best result.[9]

2016[edit]

Ott Tänak left the M-Sport World Rally Team and returned to the DMACK World Rally Team,[10] the team he drove for at selected events in 2014. Tänak finished the season 8th.

2017[edit]

After a year in DMACK World Rally Team, Tänak returned to M-Sport Ford World Rally Team, teaming up with 4-time world champion Sébastien Ogier, who chose M-Sport after Volkswagen's withdrawal. Tänak changed co-drivers, with Martin Järveoja replacing Raigo Mõlder. Tänak started the year off well, driving himself to third place in both Monte Carlo and Argentina, and to second place in Sweden. In Portugal, Tänak led at the end of day 1, but hit a bank and punctured a tire early on during day 2, eventually finishing 4th. However, in the next round in Sardinia, Tänak inherited the lead after a mistake by Hayden Paddon, and despite a final day charge by Jari-Matti Latvala, finally took his first WRC event win. He squandered the chance of back-to-back wins when he crashed early on during the final day in Poland. After a frustrating seventh-place finish in Finland, Ott surprised many by taking a faultless win in Germany, marking the first time Ford or M-Sport have won in Germany since it became a WRC event in 2002. The Estonian went on to finish the final events of the year third (Spain), second (Wales) and sixth (Australia), guaranteeing him overall third place in the championship behind teammate Ogier and Thierry Neuville.

2018[edit]

Before the 2018 season Tänak signed a two-year deal with Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT, run by 4-time world champion Tommi Mäkinen.[11] His team-mates for the season were Jari-Matti Latvala and Esapekka Lappi. While many speculated that the Estonian would take considerable time to get used to the team and the car, Tänak proved people wrong by showing immediate speed in the Toyota - finishing second in the opening round in Monte Carlo, following it up with another podium in Corsica and winning in Argentina, having led from day one by a strong margin. Both him and his Toyota car demonstrated their highly competitive performance round-after-round, but similarly to Sebastien Ogier, Tänak was hampered by the starting order in Sweden and suffered a turbo failure in the high altitudes at Mexico. Tänak replicated his earlier success in Argentina with three consecutive rally wins in Finland, Germany and Turkey, putting him in striking distance for the drivers championship behind Ogier and Neuville with three events left. Unfortunate performances in Great Britain and Spain left Ott with narrow chances at the title, being 23 points off the lead with one event left. Tricky conditions took Ott out of contention for the title and he finished the Australian event in 4th. Jari-Matti Latvala's win in the final rally meant that Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT won the constructors championship for the first time since 1999.

2019[edit]

Continuing the overall trend from the previous two seasons, Ott Tänak finished third in Monte Carlo behind rivals Thierry Neuville and Sebastien Ogier. He then went on to win in Sweden, marking the first time Ott had led the points standings in the WRC driver's championship. Paving the way for the first time in his career, he managed second place in Mexico, retaining first place in the championship over Ogier by 4 points. Tänak won the debuting Rally Chile ahead of Sebastien Ogier and Sebastien Loeb.

Personal life[edit]

Ott married Janika Tänak in 2016, with whom he has two children.[12][13] In 2017, Ott Tänak was chosen for the Estonian Athlete of the Year award, and in 2018, him and Martin Järveoja were chosen for the Estonian Sports Team of the Year award.

A documentary film about Tänak's life and rallying career titled Ott Tänak: The Movie was announced in December 2018. The film provides a rare look at the Estonian rally driver's early life in the island of Saaremaa and eventual rally career through interviews from his friends, relatives and colleagues in the sport, interspersed with archive and filmed footage of his past and current rallies. It was released theatrically in Estonia on April 11, 2019.[14]

Rally wins[edit]

WRC victories[edit]

 #  Event Season Co-driver Car
1 Italy 2017 Rally Italia Sardegna 2017 Estonia Martin Järveoja Ford Fiesta WRC
2 Germany 2017 Rallye Deutschland 2017 Estonia Martin Järveoja Ford Fiesta WRC
3 Argentina 2018 Rally Argentina 2018 Estonia Martin Järveoja Toyota Yaris WRC
4 Finland 2018 Rally Finland 2018 Estonia Martin Järveoja Toyota Yaris WRC
5 Germany 2018 Rallye Deutschland 2018 Estonia Martin Järveoja Toyota Yaris WRC
6 Turkey 2018 Rally Turkey 2018 Estonia Martin Järveoja Toyota Yaris WRC
7 Sweden 2019 Rally Sweden 2019 Estonia Martin Järveoja Toyota Yaris WRC
8 Chile 2019 Rally Chile 2019 Estonia Martin Järveoja Toyota Yaris WRC
9 Portugal 2019 Rally de Portugal 2019 Estonia Martin Järveoja Toyota Yaris WRC

WRC-2 victories[edit]

 #  Event Season Co-driver Car
1 Poland 71st Rally Poland 2014 Estonia Raigo Mõlder Ford Fiesta R5

S-WRC victories[edit]

 #  Event Season Co-driver Car
1 Italy 8th Rally Italia Sardegna 2011 Estonia Kuldar Sikk Ford Fiesta S2000
2 Germany 29th Rallye Deutschland 2011 Estonia Kuldar Sikk Ford Fiesta S2000
3 France 2nd Rallye de France Alsace 2011 Estonia Kuldar Sikk Ford Fiesta S2000

P-WRC victories[edit]

 #  Event Season Co-driver Car
1 Finland 60th Rally Finland 2010 Estonia Kuldar Sikk Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X
2 United Kingdom 66th Wales Rally GB 2010 Estonia Kuldar Sikk Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X

ERC victories[edit]

 #  Event Season Co-driver Car
1 Estonia 5th Rally Estonia 2014 Estonia Raigo Mõlder Ford Fiesta R5

Other notable victories[edit]

 #  Event Season Co-driver Car
1 Estonia 41st Saaremaa Rally 2008 Estonia Raigo Mõlder Subaru Impreza STi
2 Estonia 44th Saaremaa Rally 2011 Estonia Kuldar Sikk Ford Focus RS WRC 03
3 Estonia 50th Saaremaa Rally 2017 Estonia Georg Gross Ford Fiesta RS WRC
4 Estonia 8th Rally Estonia 2018 Estonia Martin Järveoja Toyota Yaris WRC

Racing record[edit]

WRC summary[edit]

Season Team Starts Victories Podiums Stage wins DNF Points Final result
2009 Private/MM Motorsport 2 0 0 0 1 0
2010 Private/Pirelli Star Driver 7 0 0 0 3 0
2011 Private/M-Sport 8 0 0 0 1 15 15th
2012 M-Sport 13 0 1 8 5 52 8th
2014 M-Sport/DMACK 10 0 0 1 2 17 15th
2015 M-Sport 13 0 1 11 1 63 10th
2016 M-Sport 13 0 2 30 2 88 8th
2017 M-Sport 13 2 7 30 1 191 3rd
2018 Toyota 13 4 6 70 2 181 3rd
2019 Toyota 8 3 5 45 0 150 1st*
Total 100 9 22 195 18 757

WRC results[edit]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 WDC Points
2009 Ott Tänak Subaru Impreza WRX STi IRE NOR CYP POR
20
ARG ITA GRE POL FIN
Ret
AUS ESP GBR NC 0
2010 Ott Tänak Subaru Impreza WRX STi SWE
Ret
MEX JOR NC 0
Pirelli Star Driver Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X TUR
Ret
NZL POR
Ret
BUL FIN
18
GER
31
JPN FRA
19
ESP GBR
17
2011 MM Motorsport Ford Fiesta S2000 SWE MEX
10
POR JOR ITA
7
ARG GRE
Ret
FIN
13
GER
12
AUS FRA
11
ESP
27
15th 15
M-Sport Stobart Ford WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC GBR
6
2012 M-Sport Ford WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC MON
8
SWE
Ret
MEX
5
POR
14
ARG
10
GRE
9
NZL
Ret
FIN
6
GER
Ret
GBR
Ret
FRA
6
ITA
3
ESP
Ret
8th 52
2014 M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC MON SWE
5
POR
Ret
15th 17
Drive Dmack Ford Fiesta R5 MEX
15
ARG
17
ITA
21
POL
11
FIN
12
GER
10
AUS
Ret
FRA ESP
Ford Fiesta RS WRC GBR
7
2015 M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC MON
18
SWE
4
MEX
22
ARG
11
POR
5
ITA
14
POL
3
FIN
5
GER
8
AUS
6
FRA
10
ESP
41
GBR
Ret
10th 63
2016 DMACK WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC MON
7
SWE
5
MEX
6
ARG
15
POR
Ret
ITA
5
POL
2
FIN
Ret
GER
23
CHN
C
FRA
10
ESP
6
GBR
2
AUS
7
8th 88
2017 M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta WRC MON
3
SWE
2
MEX
4
FRA
11
ARG
3
POR
4
ITA
1
POL
Ret
FIN
7
GER
1
ESP
3
GBR
6
AUS
2
3rd 191
2018 Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Toyota Yaris WRC MON
2
SWE
9
MEX
14
FRA
2
ARG
1
POR
Ret
ITA
9
FIN
1
GER
1
TUR
1
GBR
19
ESP
6
AUS
Ret
3rd 181
2019 Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Toyota Yaris WRC MON
3
SWE
1
MEX
2
FRA
6
ARG
8
CHL
1
POR
1
ITA
5
FIN GER TUR GBR ESP AUS 1st* 150*

* Season still in progress.

PWRC results[edit]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 PWRC Points
2010 Pirelli Star Driver Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X SWE MEX JOR NZL FIN
1
GER
5
JPN FRA
2
GBR
1
4th 78

SWRC results[edit]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 SWRC Points
2011 MM Motorsport Ford Fiesta S2000 MEX
3
JOR ITA
1
GRE
Ret
FIN
3
GER
1
FRA
1
ESP
6
2nd 113

WRC-2 results[edit]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 WRC 2 Points
2014 Drive Dmack Ford Fiesta R5 MON SWE MEX
4
POR ARG
8
ITA
8
POL
1
FIN
3
GER
2
AUS
Ret
FRA ESP GBR 6th 78

ERC results[edit]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Pos. Points
2014 MM Motorsport Ford Fiesta R5 JÄN LIE GRE IRE AZO YPR EST
125+13
11th 44
Drive Dmack CZE
76
CYP VAL COR

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-05. Retrieved 2016-04-20.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Ott Tänak sõlmis Fordiga viieaastase kontrahti (in Estonian)
  5. ^ Evans, David (3 November 2011). "Ott Tanak to give DMACK tyres their World Rally Car debut in Britain". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 4 November 2011.
  6. ^ "Tanak takes first stage win". World Rally Championship. International Sportsworld Communicators. 11 February 2012. Retrieved 11 February 2012.
  7. ^ "Ott Tanak back in WRC in 2014". Crash.Net. Crash.Net. Retrieved 19 December 2013.
  8. ^ User, Super. "A TEAM WITH POTENTIAL: M-SPORT CONFIRM EVANS AND TÄNAK". Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  9. ^ Rudd, Anna. "TÄNAK TRIUMPHS WITH RALLY POLAND PODIUM". Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  10. ^ "Tänak uncertain of 2016 plans". WRC.com. WRC Promoter GmbH. Retrieved 19 October 2015.
  11. ^ Evans, David (17 January 2018). "Ott Tanak felt stuck as Sebastien Ogier's number two at M-Sport". autosport.com. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  12. ^ "HÕISSA, PULMAD! Ott Tänak abiellus". Õhtuleht (in Estonian). Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  13. ^ "Palju õnne! Ralliäss Ott Tänak abiellus oma kauni kallimaga". Elu24. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  14. ^ "Video: Ott Tänakust on valmimas dokumentaalfilm". Postimees Sport (in Estonian). 20 December 2018.

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Rasmus Mägi
Estonian Male Athlete of the Year
2017
Succeeded by
Magnus Kirt