Croatia Rally essentials and daily timetables

Croatia Rally essentials and daily timetables

The first pure asphalt event of the 2021 FIA World Rally Championship season is also one of the most eagerly-anticipated as Croatia joins the WRC roster for the first time.

2021 FIA World Rally Championship Round 03, Croatia Rally 22-25 April 2021 Craig Breen, Paul Nagle, Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC, Action during Shakedown of Croatia Rally 2021 Photographer: Vincent Thuillier Worldwide copyright: Hyundai Motorsport GmbH

Based on challenging tarmac stages around the capital Zagreb, the event is the result of “years of preparation and thousands of hours of work” according to the organising team, which is overseeing theally’s rise in status from an established regional contest to round three of the WRC season.

The first Croatia Rally was based in Zagreb and took place in 1983 in what was, at the time, Yugoslavia. Since then, the event has formed part of the FIA European Rally Championship and, while it will run out of the capital in 2021, Rijeka and Poreč on the picturesque Adriatic coast have also played host over the years.

Daniel Šaškin, president ofthe event organising committee, previously drove on the rally.

2021 FIA World Rally Championship Round 03, Croatia Rally 22-25 April 2021 Paul Nagle, Atmosphere Photographer: Dufour Fabien Worldwide copyright: Hyundai Motorsport GmbH

Although it’s a tarmac rally in name, crews will be braced for an everchanging road surface, ranging from clean asphalt to broken concrete.

The stages are characterised by their narrow, winding and undulating nature, while unpredictable weather could also be a key factor in the outcome.

All three legs of the Croatia Rally are based to the west of Zagreb in the areas of Samoborsko Gorje (Friday), Karlovac (Saturday) and Medvednica and Kumrovec (Sunday).

A photo of Paul Nagle taking a photo taken by Dufour Fabien. Worldwide copyright: Hyundai Motorsport GmbH

CROATIA RALLY – ALL TIMES IRISH TIME

DAY ONE: Friday

SS1 Rude – Plešivica 1                                                    6,94km                07h39

SS2 Kostanjevac – Petruš Vrh 1                                   23,76km               08h32

SS3 Jaškovo – Mali Modruš Potok 1                          10,10km               09h35

SS4 Pećurkovo Brdo – Mrežnički Novaki 1              9,11km                 10h38

SS5 Rude – Plešivica 2                                                    6,94km                 14h01

SS6 Kostanjevac – Petruš Vrh 2                                   23,76km               14h54

SS7 Jaškovo – Mali Modruš Potok 2                          10,10km               15h57

SS8 Pećurkovo Brdo – Mrežnički Novaki 2              9,11km                 17h00

DAY TWO: Saturday

SS9 Mali Lipovec – Grdanjci 1                                      20,30km               07h29

SS10 Stojdraga – Gornja Vas 1                                     20,77km               08h17

SS11 Krašić – Vrškovac 1 11,                                         11km                     9h10

SS13 Mali Lipovec – Grdanjci 2                                   20,30km               13h29

SS14 Stojdraga – Gornja Vas 2                                     20,77km               14h17

SS15 Krašić – Vrškovac 2                                                11,11km               15h10

SS16 Vinski Vrh – Duga Resa 2                                    8,78km                 16h08

DAY THREE: Sunday

SS17 Bliznec – Pila 1                                                        25,20km               06h20

SS18 Zagorska Sela – Kumrovec 1                              14,09km               07h38

SS19 Bliznec – Pila 2                                                        25,20km               09h11

SS20 Zagorska Sela – Kumrovec 2 (PowerStage) 14,09km                12h18

2021 FIA World Rally Championship Round 03, Croatia Rally 22-25 April 2021 Craig Breen, Paul Nagle, Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC, Action during Shakedown of Croatia Rally 2021 Photographer: Vincent Thuillier Worldwide copyright: Hyundai Motorsport GmbH
2021 FIA World Rally Championship Round 03, Croatia Rally 22-25 April 2021 Craig Breen, Portrait Photographer: Dufour Fabien Worldwide copyright: Hyundai Motorsport GmbH

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