Poland WRC: Tanak dominates Friday afternoon loop, takes lead

DMACK driver Ott Tanak was quickest in three of the four afternoon stages of Rally Poland and took the lead with a small advantage over Andreas Mikkelsen.

Poland WRC: Tanak dominates Friday afternoon loop, takes lead
Ott Tanak, Raigo Molder, DMACK World Rally Team
Ott Tanak, Raigo Molder, DMACK World Rally Team
Ott Tanak, Raigo Molder, DMACK World Rally Team
Andreas Mikkelsen, Anders Jäger, Volkswagen Polo WRC, Volkswagen Motorsport
Andreas Mikkelsen, Anders Jäger, Volkswagen Polo WRC, Volkswagen Motorsport
Andreas Mikkelsen, Anders Jäger, Volkswagen Polo WRC, Volkswagen Motorsport

The Estonian driver's gap was up to 3.2s after SS8 but the following run, won by Hayden Paddon, saw Tanak drop a second to Mikkelsen.

The VW driver is just two seconds adrift as a result, with Paddon also less than 10 seconds behind.

Sebastien Ogier and Thierry Neuville continued to closely follow the top 3 but the Frenchman's teammate Jari-Matti Latvala in sixth ended up more than half a minute behind.

The Finn is just ahead of Citroen duo Stephane Lefebvre and Craig Breen, the latter temporarily edging ahead of the former, only for the Frenchman to fight back.

The M-Sport Fords of Eric Camilli and Mads Ostberg, as well as Hyundai's Dani Sordo, all continued to have a relatively low-key day, the latter duo ending up more than a minute behind Tanak.

Standings after SS9

Pos.DriverTeamGap
1

 Ott Tanak

 Raigo Molder

Ford 59m37.0s
 2

 Andreas Mikkelsen

 Anders Jaeger

Volkswagen +2.0s
3

 Hayden Paddon

 John Kennard

Hyundai

+7.5s
4

 Sebastien Ogier

 Julien Ingrassia

Volkswagen +16.3s
5

 Thierry Neuville

 Nicolas Gilsoul

Hyundai +19.2s
6

 Jari-Matti Latvala

 Miikka Anttila

Volkswagen +34.6s
 7

 Stephane Lefebvre

 Gabin Moreau

Citroen +36.7s
 8

 Craig Breen

 Martin Scott

Citroen

+37.1s
9

 Eric Camilli

 Benjamin Veillas

Ford +56.0s
 10

 Mads Ostberg

 Ola Floene

Ford +1m04.6s
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