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His teammate Thierry Neuville (Hyundai) almost got trapped before him in this right turn. The Belgian was finally able to lean against the barrier to set the best time of this third special of the Rallye Monte-Carlo.
In the process, Ott Tänak did not experience the same fate. Surprised at the same location when the rear axle stalled, the Estonian found himself with his nose facing the barrier, tilting, without the possibility of leaving on his own.
In his misfortune, the 2019 world rally champion was lucky that spectators were able to quickly extricate his Hyundai i20 N from this small ditch. After losing around forty seconds in the process, Ott Tänak set off again at a high pace until the end of this Saint-Léger-les-Mélèzes / La Bâtie-Neuve 1 section (16.68 km).
Moreover, on its X account (Twitter), the Hyundai team did not fail to thank the spectators: “Thank you, fans”.
VIDEO – Monte-Carlo Rally: Exit of Ott Tänak, saved by spectators! Hyundai says thank you
Thank you, fans pic.twitter.com/amjC6jobpa
— Hyundai Motorsport (@HMSGOfficial) January 26, 2024
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To sum up
Skidding on a section of frost, Ott Tänak (Hyundai) found himself stuck for around forty seconds in the third special stage of the Monte-Carlo Rally, before being able to leave with the help of spectators. Relive the action on video.
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