Vodafone Rally De Portugal 2024 Solans Takes WRC2 Win

May 14, 2024Joe Moore
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The fourth and final day of Vodafone Rally De Portugal 2024 has come to an end. Jan Solans held on to take the stage win. 

SS19, Cabeceiras de Basto 1

Sami Pajari kicked off the final day with a stage win. As the Finnish driver set a time 0.7 seconds faster than Josh McErlean to top the stage. Jan Solans finished third fastest on the stage, five seconds slower than McErlean. Lauri Joona was fourth fastest on the stage, 3.3 seconds slower than Solans. Yohan Rossel rounded out the top five on the stage, 11.3 seconds slower than Joona. 

SS20, Fafe 1

Sami Pajari also took home the stage win on the twentieth stage of Vodafone Rally De Portugal 2024. With a time 1.6 seconds faster than Josh McErlean. Jan Solans finished third fastest on the stage, 3.1 seconds slower than McErlean. Yohan Rossel set the fourth fastest time on the stage, 0.7 seconds slower than Solans. Georg Linnamäe rounded out the top five on the stage, 0.7 seconds slower than Rossel. 

SS21, Cabeceiras de Basto 2

Jan Solans took his first stage win of the day on the event’s penultimate stage. Setting a time 6.3 seconds faster than Yohan Rossel. Josh McErlean finished third fastest on the stage, 0.2 seconds slower than Rossel. Lauri Joona was fourth fastest on the stage, five seconds slower than McErlean. Martin Prokop rounded out the top five on the stage, 8.6 seconds slower than Joona. 

SS22, Fafe 2 Wolf Powerstage

Georg Linnamäe topped the final stage of Vodafone Rally De Portugal 2024. With a time 2.8 seconds faster than Josh McErlean. Yohan Rossel finished with the third fastest time on the stage, 0.5 seconds slower than McErlean. Jan Solans set the fourth fastest time on the stage, 2.5 seconds slower than Rossel. Fabrizio Zaldivar rounded out the top five on the stage, 0.4 seconds slower than Solans. 

Day Three Recap

The third day of Vodafone Rally De Portugal 2024 has come to an end. Jan Solans took the WRC2 class lead after a chaotic day. 

SS10, Felgueiras 1

Sami Pajari kicked off the penultimate day with a stage win. As the Finnish driver set a time 1.2 seconds faster than Josh McErlean to top the stage. Oliver Solberg was third fastest on the stage, finishing 0.9 seconds slower than McErlean. Gus Greensmith was fourth fastest on the stage, two seconds slower than Solberg. Yohan Rossel rounded out the top five on the stage, finishing 0.9 seconds slower than Greensmith. 

SS11, Montim 1

Kris Meeke took the stage win on the second stage of the day. Finishing with a time 0.2 seconds faster than Sami Pajari. Jan Solans set the third fastest time on the stage, 1.5 seconds slower than Pajari. Yohan Rossel was fourth fastest on the stage, 1.2 seconds slower than Solans. Gus Greensmith rounded out the top five on the stage, finishing 0.8 seconds slower than Rossel. 

SS12, Amarante 1

Yohan Rossel topped the twelfth stage of Vodafone Rally De Portugal 2024. With a time 6.9 seconds faster than Gus Greensmith on the stage. Sami Pajari finished third fastest on the stage, 1.1 seconds slower than Greensmith. Josh McErlean set the fourth fastest time on the stage, 2.2 seconds slower than Pajari. Jan Solans rounded out the top five on the stage, 0.7 seconds slower than McErlean. 

SS13, Paredes 1

Josh McEarlean capped off the morning loop with his first stage win of the day. Setting a time 0.1 seconds faster than Jan Solans. Georg Linnamäe finished third fastest on the stage, 0.4 seconds slower than Solans. Roope Korhonen posted the fourth fastest time on the stage, one second slower than Linnamäe. Lauri Joona rounded out the top five on the stage, 0.3 seconds slower than Korhonen. 

SS14, Felgueiras 2

Sami Pajari kicked off the afternoon loop in the same fashion as the morning loop, with a stage win. As Pajari set a time 1.6 seconds faster than Yohan Rossel to take the stage win. Georg Linnamäe finished third fastest on the stage, 1.7 seconds slower than Rossel. Josh McErlean was fourth fastest on the stage, 0.2 seconds slower than Linnamäe. Kris Meeke rounded out the top five on the stage, finishing 2.6 seconds slower than McErlean. 

SS15, Montim 2

Sami Pajari also took home the stage win on the fifteenth stage of Vodafone Rally De Portugal 2024. With a time 0.8 seconds faster than Yohan Rossel. Josh McErlean finished third fastest on the stage, 1.3 seconds slower than Rossel. Kris Meeke set the fourth fastest on the stage, 0.3 seconds slower than McErlean. Jan Solans rounded out the top five on the stage, finishing 0.6 seconds slower than Meeke. 

SS16, Amarante 2

Sami Pajari took his third consecutive stage win on SS16. Setting a time 0.5 seconds faster than Jan Solans to take the stage win. Kris Meeke finished third fastest on the stage, 2.3 seconds slower than Solans. Yohan Rossel posted the fourth fastest time on the stage, 4.8 seconds slower than Meeke. Josh McErlean rounded out the top five on the stage, finishing 0.9 seconds slower than Rossel. 

SS17, Paredes 2

Yohan Rossel took home the stage win on the penultimate stage of the day. With a time seven seconds faster than Jan Solans. Sami Pajari and Georg Linnamäe tied for third fastest on the stage, with both drivers setting a time 2.3 seconds slower than Solans. Roope Korhenon rounded out the top five times on the stage, finishing 1.2 seconds slower than Pajari and Linnamäe. 

SS18, Lousada

Yohan Rossel also took home the stage win on the final stage of the third day of Vodafone Rally De Portugal 2024. Setting a time 0.6 seconds faster than Sami Pajari. Georg Linnamäe finished third fastest on the stage, 0.3 seconds slower than Pajari. Jan Solans was fourth fastest on the stage, 0.8 seconds slower than Linnamäe. Martin Prokop rounded out the top five on the stage, finishing 0.3 seconds slower than Solans. 

What To Expect From Day Four

The fourth and final day of Vodafone Rally De Portugal will see drivers contest 62.18 km across 4 stages. The longest of these stages is the 19.91 km Cabeceiras de Basto stage. While the shortest is the famed 11.18 Fafe stage, which will serve as the Wolf Powerstage.

Day Two Recap

Kalle Rovanperä and Oliver Solberg have retired from Vodafone Rally De Portugal on day three. Find out more about the retirements below. 

Rolling Rovanperä

Kalle Rovanperä entered the penultimate day of Vodafone Rally De Portugal 2024 with a one-second lead over Sebastien Ogier. On the day’s opening stage, Rovanperä expanded his lead to 6.7 seconds over Ogier. Rovanperä’s expanded lead was short-lived, however. As I’m SS11 the two-time Rally Portugal winner rolled his Toyota Yaris Rally1 onto its side up against a tree. This left Rovanperä with no option but to retire as he couldn’t roll the car back over on his own to continue day three. 

Will Rovanperä Return? 

Chances are yes Rovanperä will return for Super Sunday tomorrow. However, this isn’t confirmed as at this moment it’s unknown what damage his car has, if any. All we know at this time is he’s out for the day. It’s an unfortunate end for Rovanperä who was looking to win his third consecutive Rally Portugal this weekend. Joining the likes of Hannu Mikkola and Miki Biasion with three wins at the legendary event. That hope will have to wait for another year. Sebastien Ogier now holds a 3.4-second lead over Ott Tänak. 

Solberg Also Rolls

If you had told me before the start of day three that both the event leader and the WRC2 leader would roll a couple of hundred meters from each other I probably would’ve laughed. However, that is exactly what happened. As Oliver Solberg rolled his Škoda Fabia a couple of corners after where Rovanperä rolled. Solberg started the third day of Vodafone Rally De Portugal with a 7.3-second lead over Yohan Rossel who he co-leads the WRC2 championship with. After finishing third in the WRC2 category on the day’s opening stage, Solberg expanded his lead over Rossel to 10.2 seconds. Much like Rovanperä that expanded lead was short-lived. 

Will Solberg Return? 

Unlike Rovanperä, Solberg rolled his car multiple times after launching off a berm on the inside of a corner. Solberg rolled three or four times before landing. From the looks of it, his Škoda had suspension damage as the driver-side front wheel was down. It won’t be a quick fix and the Swede is definitely done for the day. Whether or not he returns for the final day tomorrow is up to his team’s mechanics. Yohan Rossel now holds a 5.9-second lead over Gus Greensmith. 

The second day of Vodafone Rally De Portugal 2024 has come to a close. Oliver Solberg took the WRC2 class lead after the day’s eight stages. 

SS2, Mortágua 1

Oliver Solberg kicked off the first full day of action with a stage win. As the Swede set a time 7.3 seconds faster than Yohan Rossel to take his first stage win of the weekend. Sami Pajari was third fastest on the stage, 2.2 seconds slower than Rossel. Gus Greensmith finished fourth quickest on the stage, 5.7 seconds slower than Pajari. Lauri Joona rounded out the top five on the stage, finishing 1.1 seconds slower than Greensmith. 

SS3, Lousã 1

Pierre-Louis Loubet took home the stage win on the third stage of Vodafone Rally De Portugal 2024. With a time 0.1 seconds faster than Josh McErlean to win the stage. Gus Greensmith finished third fastest on the stage, 1.3 seconds slower than McErlean. Oliver Solberg set the fourth fastest time, 0.9 seconds slower than Greensmith. Kris Meeke rounded out the top five on the stage, finishing 0.2 seconds slower than Solberg. 

SS4, Góis 1

Gus Greensmith topped the fourth stage of the weekend. Setting a time 2.5 seconds faster than teammate Pierre-Louis Loubet. Yohan Rossel and Teemu Suninen tied for the third fastest time on the stage, with both drivers finishing 0.7 seconds slower than Loubet. Oliver Solberg rounded out the top five on the stage, finishing 2.7 seconds slower than Rossel and Suninen. 

SS5, Arganil 1

Oliver Solberg capped off the morning loop in the same fashion he started it in, with a stage win. As the championship co-leader set a time 5.1 seconds faster than Pierre-Louis Loubet to take the stage win. Yohan Rossel finished third fastest on the stage, 1.4 seconds slower than Loubet. Gus Greensmith posted the fourth fastest time on the stage, finishing 4.9 seconds slower than Rossel. Sami Pajari rounded out the top five on the stage, finishing 2.1 seconds slower than Greensmith. 

SS6, Lousã 2

Pierre-Louis Loubet claimed the stage win on the sixth stage of Vodafone Rally De Portugal 2024. With a time 0.5 seconds faster than fellow countryman Yohan Rossel. Gus Greensmith finished third fastest on the stage, one second slower than Rossel. Sami Pajari set the fourth fastest time on the stage, 0.5 seconds slower than Greensmith. Jan Solans rounded out the top five on the stage, finishing 2.6 seconds slower than Pajari. 

SS7, Góis 2

Gus Greensmith claimed the stage win on the seventh stage of the event. Posting a time 0.6 seconds faster than Yohan Rossel to take the stage win. Sami Pajari finished third fastest on the stage, 1.3 seconds slower than Rossel. Oliver Solberg set the fourth fastest time on the stage, 2.4 seconds slower than Pajari. Jan Solans rounded out the top five on the stage, finishing 0.6 seconds slower than Solberg. 

SS8, Arganil 2

Oliver Solberg took home the stage win on the penultimate stage of the day. With a time 0.4 seconds faster than Gus Greensmith. Yohan Rossel set the third fastest time on the stage, 0.1 seconds slower than Greensmith. Georg Linnamäe finished fourth fastest on the stage, 6.4 seconds slower than Rossel. Lauri Joona and Roope Korhonen rounded out the top five times on the stage. With both drivers finishing two seconds slower than Linnamäe. 

SS9, Mortágua 2

Oliver Solberg capped off the second day of Vodafone Rally De Portugal 2024 with a stage win. Solberg set a time 5.2 seconds faster than Sami Pajari. Yohan Rossel finished third fastest on the stage, 0.1 seconds slower than Pajari. Lauri Joona posted the fourth fastest time on the stage, 5.3 seconds slower than Rossel. Gus Greensmith rounded out the top five on the stage, finishing 2.6 seconds slower than Joona. 

What To Expect From Day Three

The third day of Vodafone Rally De Portugal is also the longest, as drivers will contest 145.02 km across another eight stages. The third day’s longest stage is the monster 37.24 km Amarante stage which will push drivers to their limits. While the shortest stage is the 8.69 km Montim stage. The day will feature a single 44-minute service between the two loops.

Day One Recap

The first day of Vodafone Rally De Portugal 2024 has come to a close. Thierry Neuville leads after the days lone stage. 

Shakedown 

Gus Greensmith topped the shakedown stage in the WRC2 category. With a time 0.3 seconds faster than fellow Toksport teammate Pierre-Louis Loubet. Oliver Solberg finished third fastest, 0.8 seconds slower than Greensmith and 0.5 seconds slower than Loubet. Sami Pajari posted the fourth fastest time in the shakedown stage, 0.6 seconds slower than Solberg. Roope Korhenon rounded out the top five on the stage, finishing 0.2 seconds slower than Pajari. 

SS1, Figueira da Foz

WRC2 championship leader Yohan Rossel took home an early advantage on SS1 with a stage win. As the Frenchman set a time 0.5 seconds faster than fellow countryman Pierre-Louis Loubet. Kris Meeke finished third fastest on the opening stage of Vodafone Rally De Portugal 2024. Finishing 1.1 seconds slower than Rossel and 0.6 seconds slower than Loubet. Oliver Solberg was fourth quickest on the stage, 0.5 seconds slower than Meeke. Armindo Araújo rounded out the top five on the stage, finishing 0.2 seconds slower than Solberg. 

What To Expect From Vodafone Rally De Portugal Day Two

The second day of Vodafone Rally De Portugal is where the action truly gets underway. Drivers will contest 126.90 km across eight stages. The day’s longest stage will be the 18.72 km Agranil stage. While the shortest is the 12.28 km Lousã stage. Drivers may opt to drive more on the side of caution. As the day doesn’t feature a midday service. In addition to not having a midday service. Drivers will have to use the same tires as day one’s SuperSpecial stage for the morning loop. This will add an additional challenge for the drivers during the opening loop of four stages. Yohan Rossel will be the first WRC2 car on the road, followed by Oliver Solberg and Nikolay Gryazin. 

The 2024 World Rally Championship season continues this weekend with round five Vodafone Rally De Portugal. 

Championship Rundown 

Yohan Rossel and Oliver Solberg sit tied for the WRC2 championship lead heading into the fifth round of the season. Both drivers sit just three points ahead of Nikolay Gryazin. Solberg, Rossel and Gryazin have each used two-point scoring rounds. Rossel and Solberg have elected to score points this weekend. While Gryazin is only scoring team points. Niclas Ciamin who is absent this weekend sits fourth in the championship, 4 points behind Grayzin. Pepe López who is scoring points this weekend rounds out the top five in the championship, sitting 3 points behind Ciamin. 

Stacked Entry List

Several drivers will make their season debuts this weekend. Including Teemu Suninen, Pierre-Louis Loubet, Kris Meeke Josh McErlean and Marco Bulicia. Joining them will be championship contenders Oliver Solberg, Yohan Rossel, Sami Pajari and Gus Greensmith. Australian Lewis Bates will also make his WRC2 debut this weekend behind the wheel of a Toyota Yaris. All things considered, it should be a close race in WRC2

What To Expect From Vodafone Rally De Portugal

Drivers will contest a total of 337.04 km across 22 special stages. 

Day One 

The first day of the event will see drivers take on a 2.94 km SuperSpecial stage to kick off the event. Nothing much should come from this stage, at most only a couple of seconds are lost. 

Day Two

The second day of Vodafone Rally De Portugal is where the action truly gets underway. As drivers will contest 126.90 km across eight stages. The day’s longest stage will be the 18.72 km Agranil stage. While the shortest is the 12.28 km Lousã stage. Drivers may opt to drive more on the side of caution. As the day doesn’t feature a midday service. 

Day Three

The third day of the event is also the longest, as drivers will contest 145.02 km across another eight stages. The third day’s longest stage is the monster 37.24 km Amarante stage which will push drivers to their limits. While the shortest stage is the 8.69 km Montim stage. The day will feature a single 44-minute service between the two loops. 

Day Four

The fourth and final day of Vodafone Rally De Portugal will see drivers contest 62.18 km across 4 stages. The longest of these stages is the 19.91 km Cabeceiras de Basto stage. While the shortest is the famed 11.18 Fafe stage, which will serve as the Wolf Powerstage. 

The fifth round of the 2024 WRC season Vodafone Rally De Portugal 2024 takes place this weekend. Here are my predictions for this weekend’s event. 

Tänak Wins

Ott Tänak has had a rough start to the year. As the 2019 World Champion is without a podium so far this season. Tänak is hoping to use Vodafone Rally De Portugal 2024 to get back into the championship picture for this season. Currently, Tänak sits over 20 points behind his championship rivals in Thierry Neuville and Elfyn Evans. Tänak won the event back in 2019 with Toyota. The Estonian will have to fend off Kalle Rovanperä who will be hungry for his second win of the season. 

Rovanperä Wins Over 10 Stages 

Reigning Rally Portugal winner Kalle Rovaneprä will be in the fight for the event win as per usual this weekend. Rovanperä has won the last two editions of the event. Taking home 9 stage wins in 2022 and 11 in 2023. This makes predicting Rovanperä winning more than 10 stages an easy thing. There’s a reason he’s a two-time champion, it’s because he’s fast. Obviously, things can go wrong over the course of the weekend. As this is rally after all. That being said Rovanperä makes very few costly mistakes. I wouldn’t be surprised if we see Tänak and Rovanperä exchange stage wins this weekend, and I still believe Tänak will come out on top. 

Sordo Finishes On The Podium

The Spanish driver has done really well at Rally Portugal in recent years and nothing suggests the 2024 edition will be any different. Over the last three years, Sordo has finished second twice and third once. The 41-year-old will look to step on the podium once again this weekend. It won’t be an easy feat, especially when you consider Sordo’s last WRC appearance was in Japan last season. 

Solberg Takes WRC2 Win

Oliver Solberg is arguably the fastest driver in the WRC2 class this season. Last season Solberg led the event until the end of day three when he received a penalty for doing donuts during the SuperSpecial stage. This handed Gus Greensmith the event lead and eventual win. However, Solberg was able to claw back time and nearly take the lead back on the event’s final stage. The Swede ended the event 1.2 seconds behind Greensmith. I wouldn’t be surprised if Solberg takes the win this year. 

The fourth and final day of Croatia Rally 2024 has come to an end. Sebastien Ogier took home the event win.

SS17, Trakošćan – Vrbno 1

Nikolay Gryazin kicked off the final day of Croatia Rally 2024 with a stage win. As Gryazin set a time 1.1 seconds faster than Yohan Rossel to top the stage. Pepe López finished third fastest on the stage, 4.8 seconds slower than Gryazin and 3.7 seconds slower than Rossel. Eyvind Brynildsen posted the fourth fastest time, 5.4 seconds slower than López. Lauri Joona rounded out the top five on the stage, finishing 0.6 seconds slower than Brynildsen. 

SS18, Zagorska Sela – Kumrovec 1

Yohan Rossel took the stage win on the second stage of the day. With a time 0.2 seconds faster than Nikolay Gryazin. Niclas Ciamin finished third fastest on the stage, 10 seconds slower than Rossel and 9.8 seconds slower than Gryazin. Pepe López set the fourth fastest time on the stage, 1.7 seconds slower than Ciamin. William Creighton rounded out the top five on the stage, finishing 5.8 seconds slower than López. 

SS19, Trakošćan – Vrbno 2

Yohan Rossel also took the stage win on the penultimate stage of Rally Croatia 2024. Setting a time 0.6 seconds faster than Nikolay Gryazin to take the stage win. Pepe López was third fastest on the stage, 2.1 seconds slower than Rossel and 1.5 seconds slower than Gryazin. Lauri Joona finished with the fourth fastest time on the stage, 0.6 seconds slower than López. Niclas Ciamin rounded out the top five on the stage, finishing 2.7 seconds slower than Joona. 

SS20, Zagorska Sela – Kumrovec 2

Yohan Rossel took home the stage win on the final stage win of the weekend. With a time 0.6 seconds faster than Niclas Ciamin to top the stage. Nikolay Gryazin sealed the event win with the third fastest time on the stage, 1.5 seconds slower than Rossel and 0.9 seconds slower than Ciamin. Pepe López set the fourth fastest time on the stage, 1.6 seconds slower than Gryazin. Lauri Joona rounded out the top five times on the stage, finishing 14.9 seconds slower than López. 

The second day of Croatia Rally 2024 has come to a close. Nikolay Gryazin retained the lead after the day’s eight stages. 

SS9, Smerovišće – Grdanjci 1

Yohan Rossel kicked off the second day with a stage win. As Rossel set a time 1.6 seconds faster than Nikolay Gryazin to top the stage. Pepe López was third fastest on the opening stage, two seconds slower than Gryazin. Niclas Ciamin finished fourth quickest on the stage, 5.3 seconds slower than López. Emil Lindholm rounded out the top five on the stage, finishing 3.4 seconds slower than Ciamin. 

SS10, Stojdraga – Gornja Vas 1

Yohan Rossel also took home the stage win on the second stage of the day. With a time 7.1 seconds faster than Nikolay Gryazin. Eyvind Brynildsen finished third fastest on the stage, 3.1 seconds slower than Gryazin. Emil Lindholm posted the fourth fastest time, one second slower than Brynildsen. Niclas Ciamin rounded out the top five on the stage, finishing 1.5 seconds slower than Lindholm. 

SS11, Vinski Vrh – Duga Resa 1

Yohan Rossel also claimed the stage win on the third stage of the morning loop. As Rossel set a time 1.2 seconds faster than Nikolay Gryazin to win his third consecutive stage. Niclas Ciamin and Emil Lindholm tied for third fastest on the stage, with both drivers finishing 1.2 seconds slower than Gryazin. Eyvind Brynildsen rounded out the top five on the stage, finishing 0.3 seconds slower than Ciamin and Lindholm. 

SS12, Pećurkovo Brdo – Mrežnički Novak 1

Nikolay Gryazin finally took his first stage win of the day on the final stage of the morning loop. With a time 3.6 seconds faster than Niclas Ciamin to top the stage. Eyvind Brynildsen finished third fastest on the stage, 1.8 seconds slower than Ciamin. Pepe López set the fourth fastest time on the stage, 0.6 seconds slower than Brynildsen. Lauri Joona rounded out the top five on the stage, finishing three seconds slower than López. 

SS13, Smerovišće – Grdanjci 2

Yohan Rossel took home the stage win on the thirteenth stage of Croatia Rally 2024. With a time 10.2 seconds faster than Pepe López. Niclas Ciamin finished third fastest on the stage, 2.7 seconds slower than López. Emil Lindholm posted the fourth fastest time on the stage, 3.5 seconds slower than Ciamin. Lauri Joona rounded out the top five on the stage, finishing 3.3 seconds slower than Lindholm. 

SS14, Stojdraga – Gornja Vas 2

Yohan Rossel also took the stage win on SS14. As Rossel set a time 11.6 seconds faster than Niclas Ciamin to win the stage. Nikolay Gryazin finished third fastest on the stage, 2.8 seconds slower than Ciamin. Emil Lindholm posted the fourth fastest time on the stage, 1.9 seconds slower than Gryazin. Roberto Daprà rounded out the top five on the stage, finishing 1.7 seconds slower than Lindholm. 

SS15, Vinski Vrh – Duga Resa 2

Nikolay Gryazin claimed the stage win on the penultimate stage of Croatia Rally 2024’s penultimate day. With a time 0.8 seconds faster than Pepe López. Yohan Rossel finished third fastest on the stage, 0.4 seconds slower than López. Niclas Ciamin was fourth fastest on the stage, setting a time 0.2 seconds slower than Rossel. Emil Lindholm rounded out the top five times on the stage, finishing 3.6 seconds slower than Ciamin. 

SS16, Pećurkovo Brdo – Mrežnički Novak 2

Nikolay Gryazin capped off the second day with a stage win. As Gryazin set a time 1.4 seconds faster than Niclas Ciamin to top the stage. Pepe López was third fastest on the stage, two seconds slower than Ciamin. Yohan Rossel finished fourth fastest on the stage, 0.2 seconds slower than López. Roberto Daprà rounded out the top five on the stage, finishing 2.7 seconds slower than Rossel. 

The first day of Croatia Rally 2024 has come to an end. Nikolay Gryazin leads the event after the day’s eight stages. 

SS1, Krašić – Sošic 1

Nikolay Gryazin kicked off the weekend with a stage win on the opening stage. As Gryazin posted a time 10.8 seconds faster than teammate Yohan Rossel. Pepe López finished third fastest on the stage, 10.7 seconds slower than Rossel. Lauri Joona was fourth fastest on the stage, 27.2 seconds slower than López. Niclas Ciamin rounded out the top five on the stage, finishing 7.5 seconds slower than Joona. 

SS2, Jaškovo – Mali Modruš Potok 1

Nikolay Gryazin also took the stage win on the second stage of Croatia Rally 2024. As the Bulgarian set a time 2.3 seconds faster than Yohan Rossel to take the stage win. Lauri Joona finished third fastest on the stage, 5.3 seconds slower than Rossel. Pepe López posted the fourth-fastest time on the stage, 1.6 seconds slower than Joona. William Creighton rounded out the top five on the stage, finishing 2.7 seconds slower than López. 

SS3, Ravna Gora – Skrad 1

Yohan Rossel ended his Gryazin’s stage win streak on SS3. As the Frenchman posted a time 1.7 seconds faster than Gryazin to take his first stage win of the weekend. Pepe López finished third fastest on the stage, 4.6 seconds slower than Gryazin. Niclas Ciamin was fourth fastest on the outing, 4.4 seconds slower than López. William Creighton rounded out the top five on the stage once again, 0.8 seconds slower than Ciamin. 

SS4, Platak 1

Nikolay Gryazin was right back to his winning ways on the fourth stage of Croatia Rally 2024. As the Citroen driver set a time one second faster than Yohan Rossel to top the stage. Pepe López was the third fastest on the stage, 10.3 seconds slower than Rossel. Emil Lindholm finished fourth fastest on the final stage of the morning loop, with a time 0.5 seconds slower than López. Niclas Ciamin rounded out the top five on the stage, finishing 4.4 seconds slower than Lindholm. 

SS5, Platak 2

Nikolay Gryazin also claimed the stage win on the first stage of the afternoon loop. Gryazin posted a time 0.8 seconds faster than Yohan Rossel to win the stage. William Creighton was third fastest on the stage, 6.6 seconds slower than Rossel. Roberto Daprà was fourth fastest on the stage, 5.1 seconds slower than Creighton. Lauri Joona rounded out the top five on the stage, finishing 2.4 seconds slower than Daprà. 

SS6, Ravna Gora – Skrad 2

Nikolay Gryazin kept his streak of dominance going on the sixth stage of Croatia Rally 2024. As Gryazin set a time 1.9 seconds faster than Yohan Rossel to claim the stage win. Niclas Ciamin was third fastest on the stage, posting a time 0.8 seconds slower than Rossel. William Creighton finished fourth fastest on the stage, 3.3 seconds slower than Ciamin. Lauri Joona rounded out the top five on the stage, 1.4 seconds slower than Creighton. 

SS7, Jaškovo – Mali Modruš Potok 2

The penultimate stage of the first day was once again won by Nikolay Gryazin. With a time 3.1 seconds faster than Yohan Rossel to win his sixth stage of the day. Eyvind Brynildsen finished third fastest on the stage, 0.6 seconds slower than Rossel. Niclas Ciamin was fourth fastest on the stage 0.3 seconds slower than Brynildsen. Lauri Joona rounded out the top five on the stage, finishing 0.7 seconds slower than Ciamin. 

SS8, Krašić – Sošic 2

Nikolay Gryazin also took home the stage win on the final stage of the day. Gryazin set a time 12.9 seconds faster than Yohan Rossel. Emil Lindholm was third fastest on the stage, 8.2 seconds slower than Rossel. Pepe López finished fourth fastest on the stage, 0.9 seconds slower than Lindholm. Niclas Ciamin rounded out the top five on the stage, 2.8 seconds slower than López.