The Estonian gained a total of 30 points with his victory in Finland last month, and needs a similar performance at the ADAC Rallye of Germany (August 16 to 19) to keep hoping for a world title.
“We will go to Germany with the highest target after our victory in Finland. I want to make it again, try to get the most out of each rally and see if we can go back to fight for the championship,” the Toyota driver said.
Tänak’s second victory of the season, together with the lesser performances by Thierry Neuville and Sébastien Ogier, allowed the Estonian to close the gap on the start list. He is 46 points away from leader Neuville, with Ogier being 25 points further and having a maximum of 150 points available at the last five rounds.
The championship returns to tarmac after four ground rallies. Tänak enjoys the difficulties that come out of an unpredictable weather in the South East Germany and of three different types of stages, which often turn car set-up into a guessing game.
“I like the challenge of having lots of different types of roads. We’ll have to be aware of the weather since the tire choice made a big difference when I won the rally last year. The Yaris WRC has had a good accomplishment on Tarmac, so I expect to have all we need to fight for victory,” Tänak said. His success 12 months ago came in an M-Sport Ford Fiesta.
Tänak finished second at the previous asphalt race in Corsica. Toyota Gazoo Racing director, Tommi Mäkinen, believes the team can go forward, coming from this momentum. “I think our last test before the rally was very good. The Yaris WRC has shown a good performance on tarmac so far and we hope to keep such progress in this rally,” he assured.