With 121.92 km timed, the second day of Rally Croatia saved all its guarantees with a number of twists and turns.
In the course of the morning loop of 4 specials, it was a poor tire selection on the a part of the Hyundai Motorsport drivers that upset the hierarchy established up to now. Thierry Neuville, chief at the beginning of the second day, didn’t have the weapons to compete in opposition to the 2 Yaris WRC of Sébastien Ogier and Elfyn Evans. At noon, the Belgian was much more than 19 “behind the seven-time World Champion.
In the course of the afternoon loop, issues lastly acquired again to regular for the Hyundai Motorsport driver. With this time “the correct tires”, he was in a position to make up a big a part of his delay following Sébastien Ogier’s puncture in SS13. Within the final three specials of the day, the hole was then maintained between the main trio. At 6.9 behind the French chief, Elfyn Evans moved in, maintaining a three.55 margin over Thierry Neuville.
Firmly clinging to fifth place, Adrien Fourmaux skilled an actual “dream day” by displaying a rhythm near one of the best. Twice in Mali Lipovec – Grdanjci (SS9 and SS13), he even got here near an actual feat, every time signing the second quickest time a number of seconds from the scratch. Within the French clan, the one unhealthy information lastly got here from Pierre-Louis Loubet, pressured to retire after leaving the street in SS14.
With 78.58 km nonetheless to go and particularly two passages within the longest particular of the weekend, Bliznec – Pila and its 25.20 km, Rally Croatia has not but delivered its verdict.
The third and final day begins this Sunday from 7.20 am with 4 specials on this system, to be adopted on Motorsport.com.
ES13: T. Neuville
ES14: T. Katsuta
ES15: T. Neuville / S. Ogier (tied)
ES16: S. Ogier