In the press conference in Saku Suurhall, Estonian 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 a Ford Fiesta R5 and three rounds with an M-Sport Ford Fiesta RS WRC. Drive DMACK is set to campaign a two-car team in the WRC2 series, and Jari Ketomaa will partner with this Estonian ace.
Said Ott Tänak: “This is a great opportunity for us to come back to WRC. Our programme contains 12 rounds and this gives us the opportunity to find our speed again and prove ourselves among other top WRC drivers. We have to be more stable in WRC rallies and show a good and calculated speed. In WRC-2 our goal is to fight for the high places. More teams have come to the WRC and if we will be fast, stable 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, and have previously worked together in 2007 – 2009. After that, Raigo was co-driver of Georg Gross in a Ford Focus WRC; this year they were crowned as Estonian Rally Champions. He commented: “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. I’m looking forward to the first start of 2014.”
Many people have worked hard to realise this programme; a huge effort from Markko Märtin and Malcolm Wilson to finalize this programme. Also, supporters such as Oleg Gross, 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 will drive an M-Sport Ford Fiesta RS WRC. Other two rounds with WRC car will be Rallye de Portugal and Rally Italia-Sardegna. Their WRC-2 challenge for DMACK will kick off with Rally Mexico.
There are also plans for Estonian rallies, if the budget allows, and then auto24 Rally Estonia in July which is a round of ERC and also Rally Saaremaa in October.