The Hyundai Motorsports WRC Team head to Rally Croatia next weekend for round three of the 2021 FIA World Rally Championship next weekend. The team head into the event hoping to build on Ott Tanak’s dominant performance at Arctic Rally Finland and speaking ahead of the event, Team Principal Andrea Adamo said:

Arctic Rally Finland marked a return to the form we expect from ourselves as a team. Now we have to carry that momentum forward to Croatia and beyond. It is vital we perform consistently strong on all surfaces this year in order for us to defend our title once again, so we have to acclimatise quickly to these unknown stages and be on the pace from the start. We all need to give our best and work together towards our common goal: to fight at the front and take the lead of the championship standings.”

Thierry Neuville and Martijn Wydaeghe head into the event next weekend having scored podiums in the first two events of the season, peaking ahead of Croatia, Neuville said:

“I always look forward to tarmac events. This time it is a new one for everybody; none of us has been previously competed in Croatia. Also for the teams, we have no experience of these stages. It’s going to be a challenging event but I think everybody likes the fact that it is new. Because it is our first time at Croatia Rally, there is a lot of hard work for us to do as soon as we arrive to ensure we are as prepared as possible.

Ott Tanak commented on the event next week as he prepares for the tarmac rally saying:

I have never been to Croatia and I haven’t seen any footage, so currently it’s all new information. Hopefully it will be a proper event; I have heard that the roads should be good fun there. It seems that there will be a few tarmac events in the championship this year, so it is a surface we need to be strong on. We will aim to hit the ground running from the beginning and continue our positive momentum from Finland.

Following a fourth-place finish last time out in Arctic Rally Finland, Craig Breen and Paul Nagle are aiming for a strong event in Croatia saying:

Croatia brings the first tarmac round of the season and a new event for everybody. It’s honestly quite difficult to find any information about the rally, but it looks like it will be an interesting event, hopefully with some nice weather, and some stages in the mountains. I’m definitely really looking forward to my first proper event on tarmac with the Hyundai i20 WRC in the championship. It should be a nice event

 

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