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Tanak double earns Rallye Monte Carlo lead in WRC opener

Ott Tänak won Thursday afternoon's opening two speed tests to claim the early lead at Rallye Monte Carlo. The Estonian crashed heavily in the FIA World Rally Championship's season-opener 12 months ago, but there were no mistakes today as he ended the short opening leg with a 3.3sec advantage over Kalle Rovanperä. Tänak, driving a Hyundai i20, won the 20.58km special stage from Saint-Disdier to Corps by 3.0sec from the Finnish youngster. He added a further three tenths to his lead by taking the following 20.78km test from Saint-Maurice to Saint-Bonnet, despite stalling at the start. Conditions in the opening test were wet but patchy ice early in the next stage made grip unpredictable....
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