P Zero RA hard rubber, produced in Pirelli’s Izmit facility, was used for the first time in Croatia.
KOCAELİ (İGFA) – Toyota pilot Sebastien Ogier, He won the first Rally of Croatia with a margin of 0.6 seconds, after a trinity with teammate Elfyn Evans and Hyundai driver Thierry Neuville until the last stage. All three pilots took turns taking the lead of the rally.
The first race of the 2021 World Junior Rally Championship for two-wheel drive cars was also run in Croatia, the WRC’s first full asphalt stage since August 2019. British driver Jon Armstrong, who won the action-packed race, took his first title. This decision played a key role in the outcome of the rally as the crews had to choose between hard and soft compounds during a rally where weather and asphalt were highly variable.
TARGET PORTUGAL RACES
Pirelli Rally Events Manager Terenzio Testoni stated that the first weekend of the championship was very challenging because the roads on the asphalt were generally dirty and slippery, “This situation is for both pilots and tires. It’s been a great test. The information we have obtained shows that the wheels are damaged the most and thus immediately affect the condition of the tires. All teams and pilots had to deal with the damage caused by the damaged asphalt and bumps to the wheels. As for the tires, we are satisfied with the wear levels; Despite the roughness of the ground and the high operating temperature of 150 degrees, the wear was reasonably well controlled. “We are now looking forward to the Portugal dirt track race, which demands strength and durability from the tires as a basis.”