Neuville builds early Croatia lead after SS4
By Adam Hall
23 Apr 2021
Early break for Neuville
Hyundai's Thierry Neuville holds a 7.3s lead over Elfyn Evans after Rally Croatia's Friday morning stages. Two stage wins created a healthy gap before Evans and Ogier shared an SS3 win. Ott Tanak hasn't matched his rivals' pace, 25.3s behind.
Overall after SS4
1. Neuville / Wydaeghe 2. Evans / Martin 3. Ogier / Ingrassia 4. Tanak / Jarveoja 5. Breen / Nagle 6. Fourmaux / Jamoul
27:47.9s +7.3 +12.3 +25.3 +33.4 +44.4
Ostberg is back
After missing the opening WRC 2 rounds Mads Ostberg has wasted no time in his title retaining bid. Teemu Suninen had been his nearest challenger before sliding off the road on SS4. Suninen just about recovered the car to finish the stage.
WRC 2 after SS4
1. Ostberg / Eriksen 2. Gryazin / Aleksandrov 3. Suninen / Markkula 4. Bulacia / Ohannesian 5. Kristensson / Arhus
29:29.4s +8.8 +45.3 +47.9 +48.3
Mishaps and moments
Kalle Rovanpera slid wide on a SS1 right-hander, dropping off the road. The same corner almost claimed Toyota team-mate, Sebastien Ogier. Andreas Mikkelsen broke a suspension arm on SS2 but fixed the damage to complete the loop.
Remaining Friday stages
Stage 5 Rude - Plešivica 6 Kostanjevac - Petruš Vrh 7 Jaškovo - Mali Modruš Potok 8 Pećurkovo Brdo - Mrežnički Novaki
UK time 14:01 14:54 15:57 17:00
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