Citroen’s Kris Meeke closed in on Rally Catalunya victory with three stage wins during the Sunday morning loop, as Thierry Neuville’s title challenge unravelled further.
M-Sport team principal Malcolm Wilson said he was delighted with the speed and tenacity Tanak, whose Germany win was his second in four rallies, was showing.
Winning six stages, they ended the rally in third overall behind the victorious Peugeot 205 of Ari Vatanen and team-mate Markku Alen.
Toyota's rookie star Esapekka Lappi held on for his maiden WRC win in Rally Finland, despite sustaining rear-left wheel damage in the penultimate stage.
The Belgian took few risks on the 18km final stage, Paprotki 2, setting the fifth-fastest time to secure his maiden Rally Poland win and a fifth victory of his WRC career.
The Estonian ended that day with a 24-second lead and maintained his gap over Jari-Matti Latvala throughout the final day of action.
He increased his FIA World Rally Championship lead with his second victory of the season by 15.6sec from Thierry Neuville. His 40th career success matched the record five Portugal wins of Finn Markku Alén.
Thierry Neuville claimed his second consecutive WRC win in Rally Argentina after an incredibly close finish that saw him beat Elfyn Evans by seven tenths.
The 2017 IMSA season opens with the Rolex 24 at Daytona on Saturday, Jan. 28 at Daytona International Speedway. Prior to the season-opening event, the Lexus RC F GT3s will participate in the Roar Before the Rolex 24, the final IMSA-sanctioned test session before the season opener from January 6-8 at Daytona.
For the 2017 season, the Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT will enter between two and four C3 WRCs for its crews; Kris Meeke/Paul Nagle, Craig Breen/Scott Martin, Stéphane Lefebvre/Gabin Moreau and Sheikh Khalid Al Qassimi/Chris Patterson.
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