The combat for the ultimate victory resumed with a vengeance in Croatia the place the main trio traded blow for blow within the first two levels of this final stage with out an commentary spherical.
Even earlier than the beginning of the longest particular of the weekend Bliznec-Pila and its 25.20 km (SS17) scheduled for 7.20am, the awakening was brutal for Sébastien Ogier. On the hyperlink route main him to the beginning line, the Frenchman had a visitors accident. Though the Yaris WRC # 1 was in a position to begin on schedule, it nonetheless had severe penalties from the shock, particularly the door on the co-driver’s aspect which was not possible to shut fully.
Absolutely disturbed by this accident, the Toyota Gazoo Racing driver however made a stage enjoying area in opposition to Elfyn Evans and Thierry Neuville within the first a part of SS17 on a slender uphill highway strewn with hairpins. Within the second half downhill on a wider roadway, he felt there was no “to have piloted properly” by conceding in the long run respectively 2 “7 and 1” four over the Welsh and Belgian.
Though shorter with “solely” 14.09 km, Zagorska Sela – Kumrovec (SS18) was to not be outdone with its a lot narrower and bumpy profile. On this delicate train, Elfyn Evans pulled out all of the stops to attain his second quickest time in a row this morning. Due to this effort, the Welshman made a double blow by taking the lead of the final classification by 2 “eight in opposition to Sébastien Ogier clearly hampered by the scars of his Yaris WRC. Additionally making the most of the Frenchman’s worries, Thierry Neuville closed the hole returning to eight “four from the pinnacle.
On this particular, the M-Sport riders additionally suffered. With chilly tires, Adrien Fourmaux was shocked and couldn’t get again on the highway with out the assistance of some spectators. His teammate Gus Greensmith, in the meantime, encountered hydraulic stress issues, forcing him to shift gears with the lever and now not together with his paddles. If the Frenchman was in a position to hold his fifth place by shedding just one minute, the Briton misplaced his sixth place to Takamoto Katsuta.
The final day continues from 10:20 am with the penultimate particular of the rally, to be adopted on Motorsport.com.
ES17: E. Evans
ES18: E. Evans