Dream Home Win For Tannert in Germany

Dream Home Win For Tannert in Germany

It was a dream result for local star Julius Tannert who took his debut Junior WRC victory on ADAC Rallye Deutschland, his home round of the FIA World Rally Championship, alongside co-driver Jurgen Heigl. The pair sealed the win after a mistake-free weekend saw them finish over 12 minutes ahead of their nearest rivals, after other drivers hit problems.

Tannert’s clever approach, where he mixed both speed and consistency, paid dividends after targeting his best result of the season on his home rally. He used his experience of the event, and support from the local fans, to take a comfortable win and move up to third in the championship.

Second were championship leaders Nil Solans and Miki Ibanez from Spain. They retired their Fiesta R2T on the opening day after crashing into a wall in the vineyards, but returned on Saturday. They climbed to second after setting three more fastest times, collecting valuable championships and hold a 23-point lead at the top of the table.

Nicolas Ciamin and Tibo de la Haye from France finished third after a tough weekend. They were early leaders after the opening day but hit trouble in Panzerplatte – colliding with trees and damaging the rear beam. A sterling effort saw them nurse the car back to service, dropping significant time in the process.

However, after a full repair from the M-Sport mechanics, they went on to win all the remaining stages on Saturday. But another mistake on the first test this morning saw Ciamin off the road again, dropping even more time but cruising home to take the final podium place.

Terry Folb and Christopher Guieu were also early rally leaders on Friday but they too got caught out in Panzerplatte and retired after an accident. Returning today, they proved their front-running pace winning all four Sunday tests.

Rallye Deutschland was a tough, Tarmac challenge for the Junior WRC crews after torrential rain on Friday turned the tricky vineyard stages into water-logged tracks. Throughout the weekend, muddy sections caused by drivers cutting corners to find the fastest line caught out many drivers.

The event offered three different stage types, from narrow vineyard tracks to open country roads and the abrasive tests through the infamous Baumholder military range.

Competitors used DMACK’s DMT-RC2 tyre in both soft S5 and hard H5 compounds over the weekend, which also saw Tannert win the WRC 3 event category and Solans crowned provisional WRC 3 champion – subject to official confirmation by the FIA.

The fight for the Junior WRC title goes right down to the wire on the final event in Spain – a mixed-surface climax to the exciting season.

Maciek Woda, M-Sport’s Junior WRC manager, said: “It has been a very successful weekend for our Junior WRC crews and I’m pleased to see Julius winning on his home soil. He has shown good reliability and mastered all the stages, keeping out of problems on those demanding stages in changeable conditions. Congratulations to Nil Solans for securing the WRC 3 title* showing the strength of Fiesta R2 EcoBoost in the two-wheel-drive field. Well done to all our drivers for showing strong pace and delivering a great show this weekend with a lot of drama. The fight for the Junior WRC title and the last sector prize drives are still open as we head to the final round at Rally Spain.”

Dick Cormack, DMACK managing director, said: “It’s great to see another different driver winning a round of the Junior WRC. Our tyres have performed exceptionally well across a range of difficult conditions and we congratulate both Julius and Nil on their successes this weekend.”

Top-Three Driver Comments
Julius Tannert: “It’s fantastic to win my home rally, this was our target from the start of the season. I think we had a good approach, to try and be fast but also not to make a mistake. Friday was difficult and we dropped time but things went our way on Saturday and we handled the conditions well. It’s a real boost to our season and means a lot for my sponsors.”

Nil Solans: “We made a mistake on Friday in the difficult conditions so after that it was really about taking as many points as we can. Finishing second was a good result and we still have a strong lead in the championship as we go to the final round on my home rally.”

Nicolas Ciamin: “It was a good and bad rally, even though we tried very hard on Saturday to make it through the day. We damaged the rear beam badly in Panzerplatte and it was really difficult to manage the car back to service. But we still got very good points for third and for winning 10 stages.”

Overall Classification
1. Julius Tannert / Jurgen Heigl, 3h 30m 54.4s
2. Nil Solans / Miguel Ibanez, 3h 43m 15.0s
3. Nicolas Ciamin / Thibault de la Haye, 3h 58m 14.9s
4. Terry Folb / Christopher Guieu 4h 24m 30.1s

Championship Points after round 5
1. Nil Solans / Miguel Ibanez 141
2. Nicolas Ciamin / Thibault de la Haye 118
3. Julius Tannert / Jurgen Heigl 75
4. Terry Folb / Christopher Guieu 73
5. Dennis Rådström / Johan Johansson 64
6. Dillon Van Way / Dai Roberts 28
7. Robert Duggan / Tom Woodburn 20
8. Sebastian Careaga / Rodrigo Sanjuan 16
9. Emil Lindholm / Tomi Tuominen 6
10. Miko Niinemäe / Martin Valter 2
11. William Wagner / Kevin Parent 0

*subject to official confirmation of the final results by the FIA.

21-08-2017

Dream Home Win For Tannert in Germany
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