Neuville and Wydaeghe receive time penalty and public service duty for speed breach in Croatia

The stewards of Rally Croatia and FIA summoned Thierry Neuville and Martijn Wydaeghe on Friday evening for the incident with the overspeed on road sections.

The Belgian crew has already been fined 1.900€ for breaking the sporting regulations of FIA which were about the speed limits on public roads.

More specifically, the pair faced a problem with the alternator belt and were driving fast with the intention of arriving in time at the TC4A area and not checking late.

However, the engine of their i20N stopped due to the alternator issue, so both of had to push their car for 800 meters to arrive at the time control. 

Despite the fact that they received a 40-second time penalty for checking four minutes late into time control, they were driving with a speed of 156 Km/h while it is permitted to drive to 80 Km/h. In fact, they were driving at high speed for 11 Km as the FIA Safety Tracking device showed.

Therefore, apart from the fine the stewards decided to give them one-minute time penalty for this action which means that they will drop from second to fourth overall.

Last but not least, both of them are required to perform two days of public service at the discretion of FIA within twelve months as from today.

Read below the stewards' decision:

Photo Credits: Hyundai

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