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Ott Tänak and Martin Järveoja delivered another sensational performance on #rally Poland's super-fast stages – their commitment and speed behind the wheel of the #ecoboostpoweredfordfiestawrc was something to applaud as they fought for victory on the final day.
Unfortunately, the Estonians were one of many crews to be caught out by a particularly tricky section through the closing stages – bringing an end to an event in which they deserved so much more.
Their demise did however play into the hands of team mates Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia – the World Champions climbing to third place and securing vital points for their title defence.
Thanks to Ogier's third place finish, the Fiesta continues its untarnished record of finishing on the podium at every event this year, and the team maintain a 22 point lead at the head of the championship standings.
Team Principal, Malcolm Wilson OBE, said:
"It's disappointing to have missed out on victory through the closing stages, but it's fair to say that Ott was very unlucky. We saw so many #people making mistakes on that particularly tricky section. He just touched the bank with the rear which knocked him into a spin and into the trees. With too much damage, that was the end of the road.
"As I say, it's disappointing, but we will take the positives away from this weekend – as will Ott. He was setting incredible pace and he can go to Finland confident in his ability to challenge for the win. This will only make him stronger and more determined, that is something I am sure of.
"It's great to see Sébastien securing third place after what has been a really difficult weekend for him. As I've always said, you can never discount him and he has driven extremely well given everything he has had to contend with – taking vital points to maintain his lead at the head of the championship standings.
"It was also good to see Elfyn securing some strong manufacturer points which is very important from the team perspective and keeps us in the lead of the manufacturer standings.
"Finally, we can't leave Poland without giving credit to Teemu on what has been an absolutely sensational debut in a world #rally car. He is a very talented youngster with a lot of potential – a fastest stage time after just six stages is proof of that. Sixth place on his debut is fantastic, and I look forward to seeing what he can do next time out on home soil."
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