Tänak “learned a lesson” with huge Monte crash

DirtFish-backed World Rally champion escaped 113mp shunt on 2020 opener

Ott Tanak crash

World Rally champion Ott Tänak says he has learned his lesson from his spectacular Monte Carlo Rally crash.

The Hyundai driver went off the road at 113mph on the 2020 WRC opener last month and is looking to get his season back on track at this week’s Rally Sweden.

DirtFish-backed Tänak said the crash came about after he failed to pick up a couple of compressions in the road during the recce.

“Since Monte, I have been feeling better every day,” said Tänak.

“We learned a very good lesson and we know now that each time we have to drive a new section, we really need to focus more than ever before.”

The Estonian won last year’s Rally Sweden, sweeping aside early leader Teemu Suninen on Saturday morning before bossing the weekend and clinching a perfect 30-pointer with a maximum powerstage score as well.

Tänak knows a similar display this week would be very welcome as he tries to get his title defence on course.

“It will be important for us to get back some points and to improve step-by-step,” he said. “It will be our first time on loose surface with Hyundai, but I hope we can deliver a good result.

“Driving in Sweden is always very special, particularly when we get some frozen, icy conditions. The grip from the spiked tyres is extremely high and gives a great feeling.”