Thursday | 07 Apr 2022

Snow delays Neuville’s Croatia test

Heavy snow forced Hyundai Motorsport to tweak its Croatia Rally (21 - 24 April) preparations this week.

Thierry Neuville’s day aboard the test i20 N Rally1 was delayed after the roads close to Zagreb became unrepresentative of the pure asphalt conditions expected for the third round of the FIA World Rally Championship.

Deputy team principal Julien Moncet explained the situation, saying: “We had our first test day for Croatia Rally on Friday with Ott [Tänak] in normal conditions, but then – like almost everywhere in Europe – the weather conditions started to change over the weekend and made things a bit complicated.

“The area where we were in Croatia got hit by snow, so we had to rethink our plan as we couldn’t go ahead and do our test day on Saturday with Thierry.

“With the support of the local authorities and the organisers we could get authorisations and a road to run on Monday, so Thierry could drive for a day as planned.

“Meanwhile, the weather got better and Oliver [Solberg] could run on Sunday as per our initial schedule. Thierry finally completed his test day on Monday – just two days later than planned – in good weather conditions with no issues.”

Neuville starts the second ever WRC-qualifying Croatia Rally second in the championship, 14 points adrift of Toyota Gazoo Racing’s Kalle Rovanperä.

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