Everything is ready for the Croatia Rally, and the best rally crews in the world have already started testing the Croatian asphalt. Today’s most famous rally drivers will collect points for the World Rally Championship (WRC) from April 22 to 25 at the Croatia Rally. Croatia is the third stage in this year’s WRC calendar, and will be driven on local roads in Zagreb, Karlovac and Krapina-Zagorje counties and the City of Zagreb.
At a recent press conference, a detailed plan of all upcoming activities as part of a sports spectacle arriving in Croatia for the first time was presented. The plan was presented by Daniel Šaškin, President of the Organizing Committee of Croatia Rally, Davorin Štetner, President of the Croatian Auto and Karting Association, Slaven Dedić, Rally Director of Croatia Rally and Željko Štefanić, Director of Croatia Rally, and supported by Tomislav Družak, State Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism and sports and Milan Pavelić, head of the City Office for Sports and Youth of the City of Zagreb. Also, WRC Director General Jona Siebel addressed the audience with a video message, and the press conference was attended by Krešimir Šamija, Director of the Sports Directorate at the Ministry of Tourism and Sports.
A total of 68 crews have been confirmed for the Croatia Rally, and Croatia will have as many as seven representatives – Niko Pulić, Viliam Prodan, Martin Ravenščak, Krešimir Ravenščak, Ivica Siladić, Mateo Butorac and Željko Magličić. It should be noted that Pulić is registered to compete in the elite, WRC class, while other local representatives will drive in Rally4 vehicles with front-wheel drive.
Experts point out that among the favorites to win the Croatia Rally is the Belgian Thierry Neuville, who has the best asphalt surfaces, and he will fight for the trophy with rally legend and seven-time world champion Sébastien Ogier. His performance was confirmed by Estonian Ott Tänak, who is currently fifth in the overall standings, as well as the biggest surprise this season, the young 20-year-old Finn Kale Rovanperä, who is leading in the overall standings after 4th place in Monte Carlo and 2nd at home in Finland.