Itinerary - Croatia Rally

The Stages

  • Thursday evening’s start ceremony next to the city’s National and University Library launches the event.
  • Friday’s opening leg comprising 120.38km in the highland areas of Samoborsko Gorje, Žumberak and the Karlovac region, west and south-west of Zagreb, is the longest. Tough tests of around 20km at Mali Lipovec - Grdanjci and Stojdraga - Gornja Vas are followed by the shorter Krašić - Vrškovac and Pećurkovo Brdo - Mrežnički Novaki. Service follows the morning loop before an afternoon re-run.
  • Saturday returns to similar territory. The longest test of the rally at Kostanjevac - Petruš Vrh is followed by Jaškovo - Mali Modruš Potok, before a long trip west to the Adriatic coast for the new Platak. Vinski Vrh - Duga Resa completes the loop. All four tests are repeated in the afternoon after service for a total of 116.98km.
  • Sunday’s finale north of Zagreb features the widest roads of all. The opening Trakošćan - Vrbno is followed by Zagorska Sela - Kumrovec. Both technical tests are driven twice, taking the day’s total to 54.48km.
  • The 20 tests comprise 291.84km in a route of 1642.18km.

 

Iconic Stage

  • Friday’s highly technical Stojdraga - Gornja Vas in the picturesque Žumberak nature park. Known as ‘the stage of a thousand bends’, it is narrow and twisty, putting an emphasis on accurate pace notes. Anyone losing their place in the notes will find it hard to re-sync as so many corners look alike. It winds through villages and hilly forests and although the surface is far from the worst encountered, neither is it billiard table smooth. An epic challenge.