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WRC in Croatia confirmed for at least next three years

WRC Croatia Rally: Major sporting event again in Croatia for at least another three years

Sebastian Ogier near Ozalj (Photo credit: Walter Sirotic)

The major sporting event and one of the most watched sporting shows in the world is returning to Croatia in April, officially and for the first time in the presence of spectators who will be able to follow the mastery of the world’s best drivers in a total of 20 special stages through five Croatian counties. Fans of octane thrills will also be able to lay eyes on the revolutionary new generation of hybrid Rally1 vehicles in Croatia, which premiered in Monte Carlo recently.

Zagreb, 23 February 2022 – A major sporting event in Croatia since its independence and one of the top 20 most watched sporting events in the world is returning to Croatia.

The WRC Croatia Rally, which is going to bring together the world’s best rally drivers, will be held from 21 to 24 April at attractive special stages through five Croatian counties – Zagreb County, Karlovac County, Krapina-Zagorje County, Primorje-Gorski Kotar County and Varaždin County; while the ceremonial start, the finish line and the service park, where a rich program is being scheduled, will be located in Zagreb.

This year, a record number of spectators is expected at one of the biggest sporting events in the country ever. Indeed, according to the predictions of the Organizer the event will be followed by more than 350,000 people in special fan areas and along the tracks, arriving from Europe and many countries worldwide.

WRC Croatia Rally: Major sporting event again in Croatia for at least another three years

(Photo credit: Uroš Modlic)

Thanks to the excellent organization of the sports and collateral contents of the race, including also the environmental protection, Croatia has been mentioned many times as refreshing and a real surprise in the WRC calendar. Thus, following the excellent assessment for the overall impression, the organizer was given the opportunity to sign a contract and organize this octane show for three years.

Along with many surprises and rich content for which the preparations are in full swing, the year 2022 is a special one also due to the fact that the WRC – World Rally Championship is celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout the whole year. This special anniversary will be marked by a new, hybrid era of Rally1 vehicles using electricity in addition to sustainable fuel. And that further excitement will not be left out of this WRC 50th anniversary season was confirmed by the season-opening round in Monte Carlo last weekend. In a race that was uncertain until the very end, the victory was grabbed by Sebastien Loeb and Isabelle Galmiche in a Ford Puma. At the age of 47, Loeb became the oldest driver to win a WRC round as he claimed his 80th overall win in Monte Carlo.

WRC Croatia Rally: Major sporting event again in Croatia for at least another three years

(Photo credit: Marjan Radović)

The WRC Croatia Rally is an event that has a much broader significance and, besides sport, it also includes the impact on the Croatian economy due to the extensive organization as well as to the increased tourist arrivals of automotive enthusiasts and adventurers. For the purpose of comparison, the organizers of the Portuguese WRC 2019 edition carried out a study in collaboration with the University of Algarve on the contribution of events to economic growth and their results showed direct and indirect economic impact in the country worth 142 million euros. Beside F1, the WRC is the most popular world motorsport competition and probably the biggest sporting event in Croatia in the last 30 years that provided to the Republic of Croatia more than 42.5 million euros worth media promotion and generated a hotel occupancy rate between 60 and 100 percent in the wider area, in the pre-season part of a very unstable year marked by the pandemic and other adversities. The importance and the success of this event has been recognized by the Government of the Republic of Croatia and the City of Zagreb, that decided to provide co-funds for the organization of the competition in 2022 and in the subsequent years.

WRC Croatia Rally: Major sporting event again in Croatia for at least another three years

(Photo credit: Uroš Modlic)

“Croatia has proven to be a sports organizer you can highly count on. It is a huge success for our country to be included in the world calendar, as well as to have brought the world championship and to have organized a race at such a high level. The race itself is a Croatian product because it was almost entirely organized by Croatian sports functionaries, whom we are very proud of. This race, in addition to providing a shot in the arm to the development of motorsport, it significantly contributes to the promotion of Croatia in the world and I am convinced that, like last year, we will host some of the most important individuals of the world sports industry”, says Davorin Štetner, President of the Croatian Car and Karting Federation.

“We thank the Government of the Republic of Croatia, the City of Zagreb, the counties, the sponsors and all other partners, without whom this top sports event would not have been possible. With great pride and thrill we are bringing one of the biggest sports events to Croatia once again. In addition to the world’s best rally drivers, the audience of the WRC Croatia Rally will now have the opportunity to see what the WRC is going to look like in the future. FIA’s new technical regulations have steered the competition towards responsible and sustainable hybrid technology, to which new dynamic performance has been added combined with safety enhancements that make driving extremely attractive while contributing to significant reductions in harmful emissions. We are especially happy that the images of our beautiful country will go around the world again and we have also made sure that there is no lack of great excitement for all generations”, says Daniel Šaškin, President of the Organizing Committee of the WRC Croatia Rally.

Early Bird tickets

A limited amount of Early Bird tickets for the major sporting event in Croatia since its independence and one of the top 20 most watched sporting events in the world has gone on sale today! A rich catering offer and all-day music and sports entertainment will be awaiting the visitors in the Fan zones.

The first purchasers will be able to purchase the tickets at a discounted rate at the website ulaznice.hr up to 03 March at the latest or while stocks last, in the event the available tickets are sold out earlier.

It is a great opportunity to ensure your presence at the Platak Fan zone for 75,00 HRK or a 6-day ticket package enabling you to enter the Service Park at the Zagreb Fair (Zagrebački Velesajam) for 225,00 HRK and attend this memorable octane show.

A limited amount of parking cards for the Platak Fan zone has gone on sale for 35,00 HRK. These cards ensure parking spaces at the Grobnik Airport, where the bus shuttle service is organized from, free for all passengers with valid tickets for the Platak Fan zone.

Due to the limited number of parking spaces on the site, the possible crowds that could affect the smooth running of the race as well as the efforts of the organizers to minimize their impact on the environment, please carpool with friends, relatives and acquaintances whenever possible in order to reach the venue.

In addition to the largest Fan zone located at the Zagreb Fair (Zagrebački Velesajam), Croatia Rally will have  a total of six fan zones located at the special stages for which tickets will be on sale in the upcoming weeks.

WRC Croatia Rally: Major sporting event again in Croatia for at least another three years

(Photo credit: Uroš Modlic)

About WRC

WRC (World Rally Championship) is the most popular motorsport competition in the world besides F1, which is regularly broadcast by over 250 TV stations and watched by about 836 million people worldwide.

After many years of vying with much richer countries, Croatia had the opportunity to organize an event of the World Championship for the first time in 2021, which has been labeled WRC Croatia Rally and took place in Zagreb and the surrounding area in April of the same year.

 Link to the ticket sales subpage: https://www.ulaznice.hr/web/WRC_Croatia-Rally_2022

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