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Orlen Rally Poland: Tanak’s Early Misfortune


In an unfortunate turn of events, Ott Tänak suffered a major setback during the second stage of Orlen Rally Poland on Friday morning. Just halfway through the 29 km stage, Tänak, who was second on the road, hit a deer at around the 15 km mark. This incident caused significant damage to the front of his car, particularly the cooling system.

Despite his best efforts to tape things up and continue, the damage was too severe. Tänak, an accomplished mechanic, knew what needed to be done but the situation was dire. He explained, “We hit the deer… it jumped out in front of us.” Tänak’s immediate focus was to prevent further damage to the engine by taping the intakes to keep out dirt and dust.

This incident came after a promising start for Tänak, who had shown impressive pace during the shakedown and was a strong contender following his recent success in Portugal. Unfortunately, this incident put an abrupt end to his day, shifting his focus to preparing for the next stages.

At a speed of nearly 190 km/h, Tänak had no chance to avoid the deer. Despite the setback, Tänak’s professionalism shone through as he calmly assessed the damage and planned his next steps.

Stay tuned for more updates as Orlen Rally Poland continues.