Photo: Hyundai Motorsport / Fabien Dufour
After a more than decent morning stage in the Rally of Croatia, things went less smoothly in the afternoon for Thierry Neuville and co-driver Martijn Wydaeghe. Still, the duo kept a minimal lead of 7.7 seconds over Sébastien Ogier (Toyota).
Backwards in the first afternoon test, on two wheels on the verge in the last: Thierry Neuville caused a bit of drama in the Rally of Croatia. “I had it all under control”, the East Kantonner laughed a bit grimly. “First on the road I had to find the ideal driving line. In the last test I also made a small braking error. Anyway, the car runs great, and that’s the most important thing. ”
The lead that he had managed to achieve in the morning through three fastest times turned out to be enough for Neuville to start the second day as leader. The Oostkantonner can do an excellent job in Croatia for the world championship, because World Cup leader Kalle Rovanperä disappeared into the decor after less than five kilometers. “I am quite angry with myself,” said the 20-year-old Finn. “I knew it was slippery in the opening stage, and yet I let myself be caught. Frustrating. ” (gve)