Evans-Neuville duel for the lead, the rain is here! Relive the 2nd stage of the Croatia Rally in live text

The 2nd stage of the Croatia Rally promises to be eventful with two tied leaders and above all, the arrival of rain which could trap the competitors! An event to follow all day with live commentary.

Published on 20/04/2024 à 14:30

Medhi Casaurang

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Evans-Neuville duel for the lead, the rain is here! Relive the 2nd stage of the Croatia Rally in live text

Croatia's exciting stages welcome the WRC in 2024. Photo DPPI

Le WRC is making its return to European soil, or rather to the asphalt! After a trip to the Kenyan savannah last month, the World Rally Championship is heading into its 4e round of the 2024 season with the Rally from Croatia (May 18-21). Meet at 7:30 a.m. for the start of the second stage, to be followed in live text on AUTOhebdo.

>>Croatia Rally live<

Saturday program:

7h – SS9: Smerovišće / Grdanjci 1 – 15,72 km
8h – SS10: Stojdraga / Gornja Vas 1 – 20,77 km
10h – SS11: Vinski Vrh / Duga Resa 1 – 8,78 km
11h – SS12: Pećurkovo Brdo / Mrežnički Novaki 1 – 9,11 km
14h – SS13: Smerovišće / Grdanjci 2 – 15,72 km
15h – SS14: Stojdraga / Gornja Vas 2 – 20,77 km
17h – SS15: Vinski Vrh / Duga Resa 2 – 8,78 km
18h – SS16: Pećurkovo Brdo / Mrežnički Novaki 2 – 9,11 km

Ranking 1rd stage:

General classification after Friday of Rally from Croatia


Presentation of the 2024 Croatia Rally

After a stopover in Africa for the Safari Rally, the WRC returns to the Old Continent for the Croatia Rally, fourth round of the 2024 World Rally Championship season. A more “classic” event than the first three, after a series of historic and specific rallies (Monte-Carlo, Sweden, Kenya). This is the first real round on asphalt, although the 2024 edition of Monte-Carlo took place in exceptionally dry conditions.

There will be a lot of people in Croatia with 68 crews, or 12 more than in 2023, will be at the start in Zagreb on April 18. The premier category will still be made up of eight cars, with eight Toyota, three Hyundai and two Fords M-Sport. Among the Japanese, Sébastien Ogier and Vincent Landais will return in the third GR Yaris Rally1, while Hyundai has made the expected choice of the Andreas Mikkelsen – Torstein Eriksen duo in the third i20 N Rally1. Adrien fourmaux and Alexandre Coria will also be present aboard the #16 Ford Puma of the M-Sport team.

On the other hand, there will be a very strong field among the Rally2s, with good names for the Croatian Rally: Yohan Rossel and Nikolay Gryazin at Citroën, Pepe Lopez and Gus Greensmith on Skoda, Sami Pajari and Georg Linnamäe with Toyota (non- registered for the WRC2 championship) and finally Nicolas Ciamin and Emil Lindholm at Hyundai. In total, there will be 25 Rally2s at the start. Finally, two French people will be entered in the Rally3: Mattéo Chatillon and Maxence Cornuau in a Renault Clio Rally3, and Tristan Charpentier and Florian Barral in a Ford Fiesta Rally3.

In terms of the route, the 2024 Croatia Rally will be shorter than last year: the event has lost around twenty kilometers to offer “only” 283,28 timed kilometers, divided into 20 special stages.

Medhi Casaurang

Passionate about the history of motorsport across all disciplines, I learned to read thanks to AUTOhebdo. At least that's what my parents tell everyone when they see my name inside!

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