Ott Tänak kept his stranglehold at the Arctic Rally Finland Powered by CapitalBox by winning two of the three speed tests on Saturday morning to extend his lead overnight

In perfect winter conditions, the Estonian won the opening 2443km Mustalampi and the closing 2768km Siikakämä in his Hyundai i20 He came to the mid-leg service in Rovaniemi with a 23-second lead in this second round of the FIA ​​World Rally Championship

Just a brush with a snow bank in the 1991 km Kaihuavaara prevented a hat trick and allowed Elfyn Evans to stop a clean dance of Tanzak by setting the fastest time in his Toyota Yaris

“A good morning in the end, but very, very demanding. The stages are incredibly fast and at this speed, as you have never seen the roads, the pace marks are never 100 percent. There were some interesting meetings with some snow banks Said Tanak, whose i20 carried several spoils of battle

Craig Breen, who finished second overnight, fought off Kalle Rovanperä in Mustalampi, but the Irishman could no longer fend off the young Finn. Rovanperä led the way in the next test and the Yaris man held a 53 second advantage over Breen’s i20

Rovanperä stole a snow bank on a fast right corner in Siikakämä, but despite overnight changes, the 20-year-old remained frustrated with the balance of his Yari

“There are so many seconds that I should take away. I don’t have the feeling with the car and it doesn’t do what I want, so I lose the car and control in many places. We’re fast on the fast stages but if it’s technical we have to find some speed, ”he explained

Breen survived a few encounters with snowbanks in the opener and felt his tempo scores were slightly below average on the next two tests

Teammate Thierry Neuville was 5 years old, 8 seconds back in fourth place. The Belgian tried to hear the pace notes from co-driver Martijn Wydaeghe over the noise of the engine of his i20 “I have to withdraw and imagine what the corner will look like A bit frustrated about it, ”he said

Evans was fifth, the Welshman feeling too slow in some places and too fast in others He led a fascinating three-car battle between Oliver Solberg, Takamoto Katsuta and championship leader Sébastien Ogier

Teenager Solberg went from eighth to sixth in his i20 and held an 11 sec Ahead of the Japanese driver after an impressive third-fastest time in Mustalampi on just his fourth WRC stage in a World Rally Car Katsuta had 18 seconds in hand over team-mate Ogier

Ott Tänak threw the glove down in Lapland’s frozen forests by winning the first two speed tests to build a dominant lead

Teemu Suninen was distant from the fighting trio, the Finn slipped from sixth to ninth place in his Ford Fiesta, teammate Gus Greensmith rounded off the top 10

Lorenzo Bertelli was an early victim, the Italian plunged deep into a Mustalampi snow bank from which he could not get out

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Weltnachrichten – FI – Tänak keeps the leadership in the Arctic firmly under control