WRC: Arctic Rally Finland Day 2 Takeaways
After the longest day of the rally there are many talking points to be discussed and what a way to honour the late Hannu Mikkola
Solberg Right at Home
If you are new to the WRC and today was your first time watching, you would be forgiven for thinking Oliver Solberg was a seasoned veteran. Consistently mixing it with the big boys, he did everything bar win a stage. A day-long battle with seven-time world champion Sebastien Ogier was gripping viewing and you have to say for the most part it was young Solberg who had the upper hand. Ending the day in sixth place just over 20 seconds behind Evans, it has to be said a job well done and Hyundai team bosses must be delighted. It’s fair to say we all expected something from Solberg this weekend but even the most optimistic supporter couldn’t have expected just quite the performance that we’ve been seeing. Solberg has shown he truly has a wise head on young shoulders and has taken much wisdom from his father who you can tell, by the way he carries himself has been crucial for his development.
Ogier's Weekend Goes From Bad to Worse
The weekend was already not going well for world champion Sebastien Ogier. But having worked all day to bring himself back into contention for some solid and vitally important championship points he threw all his good work away on the last corner of the day. In the final stage, Ogier had managed to fight his way up to 6 overall after a back and forth with Solberg and Katsuta, however, this would not come to anything as despite somehow digging himself out of the snow he lost many minutes and is no longer in any contention to score points. All he can now hope for is to score some points on the power stage tomorrow, what’s more, disappointing is just how well his championship rivals have dealt with the snow, making this accident even more painful.
Relentless Tanak Commands the Field
If yesterday was a return to form for the 2019 world champion, today was simply a clinic. Having won 5 out of the 8 stages so far he has subdued any pressure or retaliation from Rovanpera with a dominant lead of 24.1 seconds with only two stages remaining. This event has been reminiscent of the Tanak of old where he dominates early and simply doesn’t let go, and in this form, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him take yet another full 30 points, something of a Tanak speciality. His nearest challengers are Rovanpera and teammate Neuville who is just 1.8 seconds of first, but neither really seem like a threat to the Estonian and are likely to spend tomorrow battling amongst each other to determine the two lower steps of the podium. If he brings it home tomorrow you have to say Tanak will go right back to the top of the discussion for this year’s world championship.