The Wolf Power Stage of the Zagreb-based rally was nominated for the inaugural Asahi Kasei Turning Point of the Year earlier this month - a fan-based end-of-year poll.
The final day in Croatia had seen Sébastien Ogier endure a dramatic start to action, when an incident on the liaison section to Sunday's opening stage left his Toyota Yaris damaged.
With an ill-handling car, the Frenchman relinquished his overnight lead to team-mate Elfyn Evans but managed to limit the Welshman's advantage to just 3.9sec going into the Wolf Power Stage. Ogier then threw caution to the wind, producing a spectacular drive through the 14.09km final test to snatch the win and walk away with a perfect 30 points.
As the season unfolded and it became clear the title fight would be between Toyota Gazoo Racing team-mates Ogier and Evans, this Croatia Rally victory would prove to be one of the most decisive moments for Ogier.
This season-defining moment in Croatia earned nearly 45 percent of the fan vote, ahead of Safari Rally Kenya which produced another major turning point in the season involving Ogier. On that occasion, the Frenchman avoided peril to climb from seventh position on Saturday afternoon to claim victory. Also up for consideration were Evans' perfect points haul at Secto Automotive Rally Finland and Hyundai's 1-2 finish at Renties Ypres Rally Belgium.