Masterful Driving in Chili

This is the Statt Mann Baby. Time to Scatt a little bit.

You probably didn’t hear much about it but there was masterful win by Ott Tanak at Rally Chili this weekend.

Ott TanakThe Estonian driver led most of the event in his Toyota to move within ten points of the lead in the World Rally Championship.

Stunningly, Tanak held off talent that represented the last fifteen WRC titles. Current points leader Sebastian Ogier, the six-time defending champion, finished second this weekend. Third was Sebastian Loeb who won the nine championships before that dating back to 2004.

The crazy thing about Loeb this year is that he’s in a Hyundai. He won his nine consecutive titles in a Citroen. Last year, when Loeb indicated he wanted to return to the WRC, Citroen said it didn’t have room for him. Now Loeb is nipping at Citroen’s heel finishing only seven seconds behind Ogier in what might be Loeb’s former ride.

That last point might be a stretch but seeing the Frenchman climbing back into the rally spotlight in a Korean car gives one pause and makes you think crazily.

Peace.

May 12, 2019

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