Evans sets the pace in Croatia shakedown – The Checkered Flag


Toyota Gazoo Racing’s Elfyn Evans was the quickest driver by the shakedown stage of the WRC Croatia Rally 2021 as drivers received to grips with the brand new occasion and tarmac surfaces.

The occasion marks the primary pure asphalt rally for Evans on the Toyota workforce, setting a time of two:45.1, 0.7 seconds quicker than the Hyundai i20 of Thierry Neuville.

Championship chief Kalle Rovanperä completed third in one other Yaris, 1.3 seconds down on his team-mate.

“It’s fairly troublesome to shuttle [from service] in order that limits what you are able to do remotely, however we tried some totally different map settings and simply confirmed the work we did on the take a look at actually,” Evans instructed wrc.com.

“I feel there are particular sections of the rally the place you wish to have one thing like a racing automotive, very free and really onerous set-up,”

“However then after all there are sections through which you nearly want a gravel automotive to be sincere as a result of it’s so soiled. Set-up is unquestionably a compromise and also you want a automotive that’s fairly progressive and permits you to really feel the grip.”

Rovanperä initially set the tempo as he set off first by the shakedown whereas Evans made it to the highest of the occasions in his second run earlier than enhancing additional on his third and last run

Ott Tänak completed the day 1.5 seconds behind Evans, whereas Sébastien Ogier was an extra second behind in fifth place. Takamoto Katsuta sneaked in with a time 3.8 seconds slower than Evans to make it 4 Yaris’ within the high six.

Adrien Fourmaux completed in seventh place in his first run at an occasion in a World Rally Automobile whereas Gus Greensmith was an extra half a second all the way down to spherical out the highest eight.

Teemu Suninen set the tempo in WRC2 with a time of two:55.8 forward of Nikolay Gryazin, and Mads Østberg while Andreas Mikkelsen simply missed out on the highest three. In WRC3 Nicolas Ciamin was quickest forward of, Emil Lindholm and Yohan Rossel, Chris Ingram completed in fifth place.

Raul Badiu completed quickest of the JWRC runners as they get their season underway, Martin Koči completed second whereas British driver Jon Armstrong completed in third; William Creighton ended the session in seventh.

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