For the second time this season, ŠKODA Motorsport (factory team) is appearing in two concurrent rallies. While Juho Hänninen & Mikko Markkula are taking part in the Croatia Rally (3rd event of the European Championship) for the first time in their rallying careers, ŠKODA Motorsport's other factory crew, Kopecký & Dresler, are looking to remain unbeaten at this year's home events.
The Thursday leg was affected by fast-changing weather conditions including rain showers, which is always a challenge in terms of choosing the right tyres. On Friday the weather picked up and, just like on Day 1, it was Hänninen and Gassner who fought for the top rank. Hänninen is in the lead after 10 special stages, 17 seconds ahead of second-placed Gassner, Betti in a Peugeot is third, more than one minute behind the leader.
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