Tanak nearly turned his back on the wrc
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.