Over the last couple of days there was a constant buzz about Ott and the possible return to WRC scene, but all information lacked official confirmation. Until now. The Estonian driver is set to return to the World Rally Championship next year with a fresh new project, involving people like Markko Märtin, Malcolm Wilson and DMACK. Nine rounds are planned for Ott and his co-driver Raigo Mõlder, but not all of them in WRC car and field. Three WRC outings are planned in the Fiesta RS WRC – Sweden, Portugal and Sardinia, while the rest of the championship will see them tackle the events in a WRC2 car, with team mate Jari Ketomaa.
More about this exciting return in the official PR thing below.
Ott Tänak returns to WRC in 2014
In the press conference held today in Saku Suurhall Ott Tänak revealed his plans for 2014. According to their programme he and his co-driver Raigo Mõlder will do nine rounds in brand new team Drive DMACK with Ford Fiesta R5 and three rounds with M-Sport Ford Fiesta RS WRC. Drive DMACK is set to campaign a two-car team in the WRC2 series, beside Tänak other driver in the team is Jari Ketomaa.
Ott Tänak: „This is a great opportunity for us to come back to WRC. Our programm contains 12 rounds and this gives us the opportunity to find again our speed and prove ourselves among other WRC top- drivers. We have to be more stable in WRC rallies and show good and calculated speed. In WRC 2 our goal is to fight for the high places. More teams have come to WRC and if we will be fast, stabile and also successful it is a good basis for us to have a seat in WRC in 2015.
Raigo Mõlder is a co-driver for Ott Tänak in 2014, they have worked together in 2007-2009. After that Raigo was co-driver of Georg Gross in Ford Focus WRC. This year they were crowned as Estonian rally champions.
Raigo Mõlder: „This is a challenge and also a big responsibility for me. I’d like to thank the team for the opportunity. This is a big step for me and means lot of work. Looking forward to the first start in 2014.“
Many people have worked hard to realise this programme. A huge effort from Markko Märtin and Malcolm Wilson to finalize the programme. Also supporters like Oleg Gross, many other Ott Tänak’s long term supporters and DMACK who are helping to realise the 2014 programme for Ott Tänak.
Ott Tänak and Raigo Mõlder are starting their season with Rally Sweden where they are starting with M-Sport prepared Ford Fiesta RS WRC. Other two rounds with WRC car will be Rally Portugal and Rally Sardegna. Their WRC2 challenge for DMACK will kick off with Rally Mexico.
There are also plans for Estonian rallies, if the budget allows then auto24 Rally Estonia in July which is a round of ERC and also Rally Saaremaa in October.