WRC | Tanak takes charge in Poland on Day 1

WRC | 2015 World Rally Championship – Day 1

Written and Images by – Michael Vettas | Images by – André Lavadinho – @tWorld

Winning four of the past six events Sebastian Ogier will have to have to be at his best to defend his record against his Volkswagen team mates and Hyundai’s Hayden Paddon especially after his gallant second place performance at Rally Sardinia.

Heading to Poland Ogier has a 66 point lead over Mads Ostberg with Andreas Mikkelsen hot on his heels just three points further back in third. Jari-Matti Latvala continues to put pressure on the leading trio in forth on 56 points with Elfyn Evans rounding out the top 5 on 53 points.

With shakedown in full swing, Ogier was out to show his dominance early as local hero Robert Kubica proved just as quick as the champion leader to be second fastest with VW’s Mikkelsen setting an identical time. Kris Meeke would rather forget his shakedown effort rolling his Citroen DS3 no less than seven times on his last run.

Day 1

Day 1 competitors raced across 155Km/95Mi of competitive stages with temperatures of 30C/85F above set to test even the most seasoned of teams and drivers.

With Ogier set to sweep each stage, Ott Tanak took full advantage of the newly swept stages to show off his skills on the fast flowing roads to give himself a 0.1 second lead over Mikkelsen with Latvala 4.9 seconds further back.

With only 22.7sec separating the top 5 in the early stages, the scene was set for a close and exciting event.

With five stages now complete, teams continue to battle heat and tyre choice as Tanak leads the field by 9sec although brake issues have started to affect his overall speed.

Tanak’s lead was short lived as he dropped back to forth with Ogier clawing his way to lead by 2.1sec over VW team mate Mikkelsen with Latvala 8.7sec in third.

Hayden Paddon continues to impress in fifth with only 41sec separating the top seven places of Rally Poland.

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