Croatia’s government expressed strong support for hosting a WRC round during a visit to Zagreb by leading championship officials.
Prime minister Andrej Plenković, Parliament president Bozo Petrov and four-time Olympic ski gold medallist, Janica Kostelić, now Croatia’s secretary for sport, gave their backing to the country’s application to join the championship.
Poreč has been outlined as a base for a mixed surface event in the Istria region by the Croatian Car and Karting Federation, which welcomed a delegation from WRC Promoter and the FIA on a fact-finding visit.
Among the party were WRC Promoter managing director Oliver Ciesla, FIA rally director Jarmo Mahonen and WRC Commission president Carlos Barbosa.
Ciesla (right) is pictured above being greeted by Mr Plenković at the Croatian Paliament.