2021 World Rally Championship Croatia Rally Preview

This week is set to see the World Rally Championship (WRC) compete in Croatia for the third round of the 2021 season. It will be the first time that the WRC has contested a championship round in Croatia.

Finn Kalle Rovanpera leads the Championship for Drivers thanks to finishing fourth in Monte Carlo and second at the Arctic Rally Finland. He has also finished second and first in the two Power Stages contested during the season so far. All of which means the Toyota driver has a four point advantage over Thierry Neuville who has started the 2021 season with two third place finishes, and a fourth and third in the Power Stages. Four points behind Neuville are reigning champion Sebastien Ogier, and Elfyn Evans.

Kalle Rovanpera – Jonne Halttunen” by Nico Quatrevingtsix is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Ogier won the opening round of the season, Rally Monte Carlo, while the previous round was won by Estonian Ott Tanak. The Estonian is four points behind Ogier and Evans heading into the Croatia Rally, and has an 11 point advantage over Craig Breen and Takamoto Katsuta who are tied sixth in the championship.

Ogier and Tanak’s wins also mean that it is one a piece between Toyota and Hyundai in this early part of the season. Toyota lead the Championship for Manufacturers and have an 11 point advantage over second placed Hyundai. The M-Sport Ford team are 53 points behind Hyundai and have a two point advantage over Hyundai 2C Competition.

Like every rally, the Croatia Rally event will be an intriguing watch as another chapter of the 2021 WRC season is written this week.

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