Poland WRC: Mikkelsen inherits win after late heartbreak for Tanak

Andreas Mikkelsen snatched away victory in Rally Poland after long-time leader Ott Tanak lost 40 seconds with a puncture in the penultimate stage.

Poland WRC: Mikkelsen inherits win after late heartbreak for Tanak
Andreas Mikkelsen, Anders Jäger, Volkswagen Polo WRC, Volkswagen Motorsport
Andreas Mikkelsen, Anders Jäger, Volkswagen Polo WRC, Volkswagen Motorsport
Ott Tanak, Raigo Molder, DMACK World Rally Team
Ott Tanak, Raigo Molder, DMACK World Rally Team
Hayden Paddon, John Kennard, Hyundai i20 WRC, Hyundai Motorsport
Hayden Paddon, John Kennard, Hyundai i20 WRC, Hyundai Motorsport

Tanak, who had led the rally since SS2, dropped to 16.5s behind Mikkelsen after his right-front tyre came off the rim in the 21.25km Baranowo test.

The Volkswagen driver then cruised through the Power Stage, securing the second WRC victory of his career.

Despite losing a further 17 seconds, Tanak salvaged second, his best result in the series, staying ahead of Hayden Paddon by just 2.3s.

The Kiwi driver himself barely kept the final podium position from the charging Thierry Neuville.

Neuville had to settle for fourth by just eight tenths, beating Jari-Matti Latvala and Sebastien Ogier, the duo locking out the top two spots in the Power Stage.

Breen took his second top 10 finish in as many outings this season, adding six points to his tally with seventh place.

Despite spending the entire rally in front of his teammate, Eric Camilli ended up behind Mads Ostberg after going off in SS20 and completing the Power Stage with only front-wheel drive.

WRC2 leader Teemu Suninen took the final point-scoring position after Dani Sordo retired with an engine failure.

Final standings

Pos.DriverTeamGap
 1

 Andreas Mikkelsen

 Anders Jaeger

Volkswagen 2h37m34.4s
2

 Ott Tanak

 Raigo Molder

Ford +26.2s
3

 Hayden Paddon

 John Kennard

Hyundai

+28.5s
4

 Thierry Neuville

 Nicolas Gilsoul

Hyundai +29.3s
5

 Jari-Matti Latvala

 Miikka Anttila

Volkswagen +33.8s
6

 Sebastien Ogier

 Julien Ingrassia

Volkswagen +40.3s
 7

 Craig Breen

 Martin Scott

Citroen +2m01.4s
 8

 Mads Ostberg

 Ola Floene

Ford

+3m04.6s
9

 Eric Camilli

 Benjamin Veillas

Ford +5m23.1s
 10

 Teemu Suninen

 Mikko Markkula

Skoda +5m53.3s

Points standings

Pos.DriverTeamPoints
1

 Sebastien Ogier

 Julien Ingrassia

Volkswagen 143 pt
2

 Andreas Mikkelsen

 Anders Jaeger

Volkswagen 92 pt
3

 Hayden Paddon

 John Kennard

Hyundai 72 pt
4

 Dani Sordo

 Marc Marti

Hyundai 68 pt
5

 Jari-Matti Latvala

 Miikka Anttila

Volkswagen 68 pt
6

 Mads Ostberg

 Ola Floene

Ford 62 pt
7

 Thierry Neuville

 Nicolas Gilsoul

Hyundai 61 pt
8

 Ott Tanak

 Raigo Molder

Ford

52 pt
9

 Kris Meeke

 Paul Nagle

Citroen

26 pt
10

 Eric Camilli

 Benjamin Veillas

Ford 24 pt
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