WRC Croatia Rally

Third WRC appearance in Croatia. A tantalising mix of asphalt, with some surfaces worn and bumpy due to weather and water damage and others much smoother. Generally fast roads, but very narrow in parts. Springtime displays Croatia’s beautiful countryside in all its glory.

WRC Croatia Rally
Date 20 - 23 April 2023
Servicepark Zagreb, Croatia
Entry list TBC
Itinerary / Stages TBC
Spectator info TBC
Website www.rally-croatia.com
Hashtag #CroatiaRally
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Challenge

  • The roads around the capital are characterised by a wide variety of different asphalt types and constantly changing grip levels.
  • Many crests and jumps demand pin-point accuracy in pace note preparation and delivery.
  • To work efficiently with safety note crews, who drive the stages ahead of competitors to provide up-to-date information about road conditions. 

 

Car spec

  • Asphalt specification – low settings to provide stability and improved balance.
  • Pirelli’s hard compound P Zero rubber will be the primary choice, with the soft option also available. They are similar to those used last year but with reinforced structures and a slightly different design to suit the new Rally1 cars.
  • The Cinturato tyre is on hand if heavy rain leaves standing water in the stages.

 

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Event History

  • First held in 1974 under the name INA Delta TLX Rally and quickly grew to become a national championship event in the former Yugoslavia.
  • Incorporated into the European Championship in 1986 and, after moving to Zagreb, it rose through the ranks to reach the top level of the European series in 2007.  
  • Economic recession prompted a relocation to Rijeka and then Istria.
  • Roll of honour is topped by Slovenia’s Branislav Kuzmič with five wins, followed by home country driver Juraj Šebalj with four.
  • Sébastien Ogier won on the WRC’s first visit there in 2021.

 

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