Rovanpera Evans, Toyota’s interior duel

Lacking a tight grip on Croatian roads, the Finn lost control of his Toyota since the start of this inaugural edition. Suddenly, he left with a disability, due to not already trying these roads, in the race, for three days.

“Everyone here has a year more experience in this rally than me, while last year was a new rally for everyone, so it’s going to be a little tough for me, he explained, but I’ve been in this situation before and I’m just going to try to handle it as best I can. »

Rovanpera, with his driving partner Jonne Halttunen, watched last year’s videos for a long time: “Everyone says the stages were very difficult, because the grip was changing all the time, and you can see that in the videos of the onboard cameras.

The main result of a successful start to the season (4And In Monte Carlo, winner in Sweden), young Cali, 21, has a 14-point lead over Thierry Nouvel, Hyundai’s captain. Including nine points collected in Power Stage, out of ten possible, which gives an idea of ​​his level of performance.

Evans on familiar ground

On the South Korean side, Neuville knows the season is going to be long and that we’ll have to be consistent to take advantage of Toyota’s internal competition. Belgian, 6And in Monte Carlo and 2And In Sweden, in Croatia you will find a favorable ground for the agility of its Hyundai.

He is the other big candidate at the start of the 291 km race with a timing spread over 20 special stages, after a two-month break from Sweden, which was “very beneficial, with increased motivation by the podium in Sweden”, sums up Julian Monsset, one of the chiefs of Hyundai Motorsport.

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“It’s a very difficult event, grip is very low and the roads can be very dirty, in addition to being very narrow,” says Nouvel, 3And Last year, which also feared “many blind turns, bumps and (dirty) ropes”.

His teammate Ott Tanak, the 2019 world champion, will also be looking to win after 4And last year, just like Evans, who missed his start to the season (21And in Monte Carlo, retired in Sweden) but finished secondAnd Last year, he succeeded Sebastien Ogier, after an interesting final.

“It’s not an easy walk, but it went really well last year,” Evans recalls. There are things I have learned that will be useful to me. We tested it on particularly slippery roads, similar to the ones we’ll encounter here. »

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