World champion Ogier won the Croatia rally just ahead of Evans
World champion Sebastien Ogier, with skill and luck, secured victory in the Croatia rally. The Frenchman benefited from a slip by his Welsh Toyota team-mate Elfyn Evans in the finish of Croatia's World Cup premiere on Sunday and secured his 51st World Rally Championship victory with a margin of just 0.6 seconds. Third (+8.1 seconds) was Thierry Neuville in a Hyundai.
Ogier's accident on a public connecting piece at the final test caused a stir after a police officer tried to stop the seven-time champion's car, which had been damaged on the passenger side. It was unclear whether the incident had any consequences. In the World Championship, Monte triumphant Ogier leads thanks to two victories this season after three of twelve World Championship races with 61 points ahead of Neuville (53). World Cup round four will take place in Portugal from May 20 to 23.
Hermann Neubauer was eliminated from the WRC3 teams from Austria on the first day and Nikolaus Mayr-Melnhof on Saturday. The best Austrians were Johannes Keferböck and co-driver Ilka Minor with their Skoda in 21 overall. and seventh in WRC3. The Styrian World Cup debutant Kevin Raith (Ford) finished 27th and 9th respectively.