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.
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.
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).
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
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