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Tänak resettles quickly to familiar surroundings

Ott Tanak, Monte-Carlo 2024

Back at Hyundai Motorsport again, Ott Tänak looked immediately at home both with the team and in the i20 N Rally1 Hybrid on the season-opening Rallye Monte-Carlo.

While the Estonian struggled with the engine set-up issue which hit all three Hyundais on the opening night in the French Alps, he admitted it was his arrival in a third-stage ditch on Friday morning which probably cost him the most. Despite that misdemeanour, he ran a solid fourth to claim points on round one for the first time with the Korean manufacturer.

“Monte is never an easy event to start,” said the 2019 world champion. “It wasn’t the most consistent event, but we came through the weekend and we took some experience. We can see the car is competitive. We have some work to do with it still, but it’s clear they (Hyundai Motorsport) did a good job last year. Let’s see what we can do next.”

Tänak heads to round two to defend his Rally Sweden win scored at the wheel of an M-Sport Ford Puma last season. “We’re looking forward to Sweden,” he added. “It’s another adventure. Hopefully after our pre-event test, we will be even more ready than we were for Monte.”

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