Tanak nearly turned his back on the wrc

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Toy­ota star Ott Tanak ad­mit­ted he had given up hope on his World Rally Cham­pi­onship dream af­ter he was dropped by M-sport fol­low­ing his trou­bled 2012 sea­son.

The Es­to­nian lost his seat in a fac­tory Ford Fi­esta RS WRC and started com­pet­ing for fun at home. His per­for­mances in a Group N Subaru Im­preza were, how­ever, suit­ably im­pres­sive that M-sport and DMACK threw him a life­line the fol­low­ing year. He re­mained in a Fi­esta un­til the end of last sea­son.

Tanak told MN: “In 2013 I had no plans to come back [to WRC]. I was re­tired and fin­ished, I started my own com­pany, I started my new job. Let’s say I was not push­ing to come back. I drove a Group N car at home, but I did it for fun. This is an ex­pen­sive sport and at the top level I knew it wasn’t pos­si­ble just to do it a bit – so I had no plans. But some­how we got some new op­por­tu­ni­ties, some new chances.”

Monte Carlo was Tanak’s first WRC start out of an M-sport car since the 2010 Wales Rally GB, when he won PWRC in a Pirelli Star Driver Mit­subishi Lancer Evo X.

Tanak got a sec­ond WRC chance with M-sport

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