In dry conditions and an ambient temperature of five degrees centigrade, the pair were only fifth quickest after the opening runs, improved on their second attempt and then clocked the best time of 1m52.5s on their third pass over the short 3.65-kilometre Okić stage in their Toyota GR Yaris Rally 1.
Ott Tänak and co-driver Martin Jarveoja had been the fastest after the first runs in their Hyundai i20 N Rally 1. They also improved on each of their three attempts to finish third quickest behind team-mates Thierry Neuville and Martijn Wydaeghe, who jumped up to second when they made the fourth pass. The Belgian pairing set a time just 0.1s shy of Rovanperä’s benchmark.
After hosting one of the most epic deciding stages in the 50-year history of the FIA World Rally Championship last April, the Croatia Rally is back and all set to create another batch of high-speed sporting memories.
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