WRC World Rally Championship returns to Croatian roads and will be taking place from April 21st to 24th at 20 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 will be located in Zagreb.
Croatia has had the opportunity to organize a World Championship run for the first time in 2021, which took place in Zagreb and the surrounding area. Following the excellent assessment of the overall impression, the organizer was given the opportunity to sign a three-year contract to organize a World Rally Championship event. 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 following years.
WRC (World Rally Championship) is, along with F1, the most popular motorsports competition in the world, which is regularly broadcast by over 250 TV stations and watched by about 850 million people worldwide.
This year, a record number of spectators is expected at one of the biggest ever sporting events in the country. Namely, 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 stages, arriving from Europe and many countries worldwide. At the competition in April, fans will be able to see the revolutionary new generation of hybrid Rally1 cars.
A total of 66 crews from five continents, 26 countries are on the Entry List for WRC Croatia Rally 2022, including eight Croatian crews. Croatian colours will be defended by eight crews led by the legendary Niko Pulic. The reigning Croatian champion Viliam Prodan has also entered for the rally, father and son Krešimir and Martin Ravenščak, Ivica Siladić and Željko Magličić will return to the Stages of the Croatia Rally, while Jan Pokos and Vjekoslav Čičko should have their premiere.
The Zagreb Fair is transformed into the Fan Zone and Service Park of the WRC Croatia Rally 2022 and becomes the center of the automotive world.
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Article: Uros Modlic