Ott Tänak describes The Plunge

“If you are in a lake, close to the limit of your life and fighting for it, when you finally win that fight it’s an amazing feeling.

“I opened the seat belts and immediately after opening the door the car filled with water. Then it went down in a short time.

“It was a bit scary when I got out the car. The intercom wire was still fixed and it was difficult to unplug, so it was dragging me under the water. That was a **** feeling but luckily I had enough force to unplug it. A few seconds later the car was gone.

“I didn’t care how hard it was, I just had to get out. It was really on the limit. We were alone. There were spectators but they were far too far away and couldn’t help.

“When we started to swim to the edge, we had to swim 5-6 metres. It was quite a bit of work with helmets on. I’m not sure if I’m a good swimmer, but I survived so I’m good enough.

“It was a downhill braking in the compression and something broke in the front right. The wheel was turning out and it dragged us to the edge of the road.

“When I saw the water and we rolled I told Raigo we had to move fast but that was all. I shouted that to him just before we went into the water.”