Tanak racing again after his submerged Ford is rebuilt overnight
Last Updated: 07/03/15 1:10pm
Estonian driver Ott Tanak is back in the Rally of Mexico after his submerged Ford was fished out of a reservoir and rebuilt overnight.
Tanak's car rolled down a steep embankment and plunged into deep water on Friday's second leg of the Guanajuato-based rally, remaining sunk for 10 hours.
"As soon as we opened the doors the car was gone in just a few seconds," said the M-Sport driver after he and co-driver Raigo Moelder, who managed to retrieve his pace notes, scrambled free.
"I also had a problem with my intercom wire because it didn't come loose and was dragging me under the water. We were really lucky."
After finally pulling the car out, M-Sport drained the engine and replaced the gearbox, fuel tank, turbo, electronic components and a host of other parts.
"This is something that we have never seen before," Tanak said.
"The car has been gone all day, submerged at the bottom of a lake, full of water, and the team had to do a full rebuild in just three hours."
French world champion Sebastien Ogier had won three of Friday's eight stages to extend his overall lead on the rally's second day.