Rally Poland 2024 Tänak Out

June 28, 2024Joe Moore

Ott Tänak has retired on SS2 of Rally Poland 2024. Find out more about why the Estonian retired below. 

Oh Deer

Ott Tänak was leading Rally Poland 2024 to kick off the second day. However, 18km into SS2, the first full stage of the weekend a deer ended Tänak’s event early. Tänak can still restart, as he only stopped to ensure his brand-new engine didn’t get damaged beyond repair which would’ve fully ended his event. Luckily the damage only looked minor. Unlike the incident, Ken Block had in an i20 WRC back in 2022 at the Rally In The 100 Acre Wood in the American Rally Association. 

What Does This Mean For Tänak? 

Well in short it means he probably got another potential Rally Poland win stolen from him. In the long term, this could be the difference between winning and losing the championship for Tänak who just got back into the battle. Tänak is at his best on fast gravel. Which is what made the next three events so critical for the Estonian. If Tänak restarts he will have to go all out on Super Sunday and the powerstage to salvage what he can from this weekend. Then he will have to be in tip-top shape in both Latvia and Finland to try and take the championship lead. This won’t be easy. As Tänak will have to battle off Kalle Rovanperä who is equally as fast at fast gravel events. Everything that could’ve gone wrong for Tänak and his championship hopes has. The 2019 World Rally Champion sat just 18 points behind Neuville in a tie for second with Elfyn Evans. Evans and Neuville will both now have to take advantage of Tänak’s misfortune to take a sizeable lead over Tänak for Neuville and a lead of some kind of Evans.