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Ott Tänak, Martin Järveoja, Hyundai World Rally Team Hyundai i20 N Rally1
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How Sardinia served up a WRC sprint surprise for Tanak

Toyota's World Rally Championship part-timer Sebastien Ogier looked set for a fifth win in Italy, before problems on the final stage handed victory to Hyundai’s Ott Tanak. The top two proved the class of the field in a thrilling Rally Sardinia as a new event format made its debut

When the World Rally Championship chose Sardinia to trial its new 48-hour format, few would have predicted the concoction of drama, joy and heartbreak that conspired to produce the joint closest victory in series history.

Two tenths of a second is barely a blink of an eye. But that was the margin that handed Hyundai’s Ott Tanak and Martin Jarveoja victory as a puncture three kilometres from completing the prescribed 266.12km (165 miles), denied Toyota’s Sebastien Ogier a record fifth Sardinia win.

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