Sebastien Ogier has been handed a 1-minute penalty for not having his safety harness fastened on Stage 2 earlier on Rally Croatia. The 8-time world champion entered Croatia as the Championship leader, and with a 1 minute penalty in hand, all glory to lead the table points at Hyundai’s lethal driver Thierry Neuville.
After Day 1, Thierry Neuville is leading Rally Croatia with a 5.7 seconds advantage ahead of Toyota’s Elfyn Evans. With the loss of Craig Breen still hurting Hyundai and its drivers, no one anticipated an all-out chase from Neuville, and as things look, he heads to Day 2 as the Rally leader and favorite to win the event.
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On the other hand, 2022 Champion nicknamed the Young Assassin, Kalle Rovanpera continues to seek the strength to borrow his last season-prowess, but so far, a tyre gamble on SS5 cost him alot of time and he currently lies last in the Rally 1 category.
In the WRC2 field, Citroen’s Yohan Rossel is schooling fellow competitors including Gryazin in second, Ciamin Nicolas in third, and Oliver Solberg in fourth. Having won Rally Mexico quite convincingly, Gus Greensmith is on a battle to master his Tarmac prowess that is yet to sink in his career experience.