How Tanak turned the tables to deliver Hyundai a timely WRC triumph
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How Tanak turned the tables to deliver Hyundai a timely WRC triumph

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The 2019 champion has been a bit-part player recently, but Ott Tanak ended a 15-month drought in fine style with a dominant win in Sardinia. On a weekend when championship leader Kalle Rovanpera struggled with cleaning the road, his Hyundai rival has made his belated arrival into the title race and given cause for those predicting a walkover from the Toyota star to pause

The World Rally Championship has become the Kalle Rovanpera show of late. But in Sardinia, the stars aligned for Ott Tanak and Hyundai to remind the Finn that he could yet have a title fight on his hands.

Tanak has developed a love-hate relationship with Sardinia's fearsome gravel roads. In 2012, it was the scene of his first WRC podium, and five years later, also representing M-Sport, his first victory. But in recent seasons it has been the source of painful memories.

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