Neuville just ahead of chasing Toyotas
By Adam Hall
23 Apr 2021
A hat-trick of Sebastien Ogier stage wins has made it a three-way fight for the lead in Rally Croatia. Thierry Neuville survived clipping a bank on SS8 - he leads Ogier and Elfyn Evans with eight seconds separating the top three.
Overall after SS8
1. Neuville / Wydaeghe 2. Ogier / Ingrassia 3. Evans / Martin 4. Tanak / Jarveoja 5. Breen / Nagle 6. Fourmaux / Jamoul
55:36.8s +7.7 +8.0 +31.9 +54.8 +1:14.7
Ostberg vs Gryazin
Nikolay Gryazin took the fight to Mads Ostberg on Stage 5 and 6 but the reigning WRC 2 champion fought back on SS7 to keep his advantage. Andreas Mikkelsen was fastest on SS5 but is 39 minutes behind after his SS2 suspension damage.
WRC 2 after SS8
1. Ostberg / Eriksen 2. Gryazin / Aleksandrov 3. Suninen / Markkula 4. Bulacia / Ohannesian 5. Brazzoli / Barone
58:54.4s +7.8 +52.5 +1:05.4 +8:48.3
Mishaps and moments
It has been a tough day for Takamoto Katsuta who finds himself over two minutes behind the leaders. A spin on SS6 coupled with his SS4 overshoot means he has work to do to finish higher than his current 10th position.
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