WRC champion Tanak crashes out of Monte Carlo Rally on Hyundai debut

Graham Keilloh
Autosport
Champion Tanak crashes out of Monte Carlo Rally
Champion Tanak crashes out of Monte Carlo Rally

Reigning World Rally champion Ott Tanak has crashed out of the 2020 Monte Carlo Rally on his Hyundai debut, after a spectacular high-speed off on Friday morning.

Tanak left the road halfway into the morning's second stage, the 12.8-mile Saint-Clement-sur-Durance - Freissinieres SS4 test.

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Tanak ran out of road at high speed exiting a right-left kink and his i20 Coupe WRC dropped down a ditch before entering a lengthy barrel roll.

Both Tanak and co-driver Martin Jarveoja appeared unharmed as they exited the car, while Hyundai said both were taken to hospital for precautionary medical checks "as is standard procedure following a crash of this nature".

Tanak was placed fourth overall at the start of the stage, 10.3 seconds behind the leader, his team-mate Thierry Neuville.

Neuville however lost the lead of the rally on SS4 to Toyota's Elfyn Evans who has topped both of the Friday morning stages so far on his debut for the team.

Evans now sits 3.4s clear of Neuville and 5.5s clear of six-time Monte Carlo rally winner Sebastien Ogier in third, who also is making his Toyota debut.

Champion Tanak crashes out of Monte Carlo Rally
Champion Tanak crashes out of Monte Carlo Rally

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