El WRC puts third this weekend to dispute the Rally Croatia, test that debuts in the World Cup with a challenging route marked by roads with different types of asphalt located near the capital, Zagreb. After the purely winter tests of Montecarlo y Finland This will be the first all-asphalt event of the season.
The designated tires for this test are the Pirelli P Zero RA, pure asphalt that will be available in composite hard (long stretches and normal temperatures) and soft (for more slippery conditions and colder temperatures); and the Pirelli Cinturato RWB specific for extreme rain conditions.
“We have covered a large number of test kilometers with the 2021 P Zero RAs, so we are confident of getting a solid performance in the race, which will be the third consecutive rally with a different surface of the season. Our new asphalt product - in soft and hard options - inherits much of Pirelli's learnings in the main automotive categories, including the F.1 ”, explained Terenzio Testoni, Pirelli Rally Activities Manager
“Rally Croatia will therefore be a new adventure for everyone, so it is difficult to gauge our expectations, both at the level of stages, which are expected to be varied, as well as the weather. All in all, the feedback we have received from the riders after the tests has been very positive, and we can't wait to start the competition ”, He added.
Choosing the right rubber in Croatia can make a difference in the absence of knowledge of sections with surfaces of various kinds, including smooth, fast and tacked specials, or others with an abrasive, technical and narrow cut. The effect of the weather can also add difficulties.
According to the organizing committee, the rally will face up to six different types of asphalt, all of them with changing grip levels. This feature makes the test more demanding for both cars and drivers.
“From what I have seen in the videos so far, the roads in Croatia seem challenging and somewhat dirty and narrow in places. So I am convinced that an exciting rally awaits us ”, affirmed the french Sébastien Ogier, Toyota driver.
The last rally played entirely on asphalt took place in August 2019, In the Rally of Germany. For this reason, many of the riders have little experience on dry asphalt with the current models.