World Rally Championship is Coming to Croatia in 2021!

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October 11, 2020 – Large information within the auto-racing world, because the World Rally Championship is coming to Croatia on the finish of April subsequent yr!

Goran Rihelj of HRTuirzam stories that the World Motorsport Council, the FIA ​​World Vehicle Federation council, confirmed that the Croatia Rally is included within the calendar of the World Rally Championship (WRC) for 2021. Croatia will host one of many world’s most tasty sports activities occasions from April 22 to 25, 2021.

The beginning and end of the race can be in Zagreb, and it is going to be pushed on the native roads of Zagreb, Karlovac and Krapina-Zagorje counties. How engaging these races are is greatest illustrated by the 836 million spectators who watched the WRC final yr. The golf equipment holding the Croatia Rally are D.T. from Poreč and Cro Dakar Group from Zagreb, with the assist of the Croatian Auto and Karting Affiliation.

“This was actually a combat of 11 rounds, and now a very powerful one awaits us, the organizational and logistical one. Nonetheless, the sensation is nice as a result of the WRC is, together with Formulation 1, probably the most prestigious octane competitors on the planet and solely chosen international locations have the chance to host this spectacle. Along with the sports activities half, we’re planning many aspect occasions, resembling a big financial and funding discussion board, as a result of sports activities are initially massive enterprise. I’m proud and grateful to everybody concerned on this advanced course of! We’ll present Croatia in the very best gentle and mark 115 years of motoring in Croatia in the absolute best method!” concluded the president of the Croatian Auto and Karting Affiliation Davorin Štetner.

It has taken a few years of battle, lobbying and positioning Croatia as a super vacation spot for the WRC. 

Again in 2017, after Croatia Rally, as a successor to the INA Delta Rally, moved to Istria in 2013 as a European Rally Championship, the staff round Auto Membership D.T. from Porec, A.Okay. Cro Dakar Group from Zagreb and A.Okay. Delta Sport from Zagreb, with the assist of the then president of the Croatian Auto and Karting Affiliation (HAKS) Matko Bolanča, vp of HAKS Domagoj Kamenski and secretary of HAKS Zrinko Gregurek, began working extra concretely on the concept of ​​bringing the WRC to Croatia. Due to Zrinko Gregurek, secretary of HAKS, the Croatian beauties, vacationer infrastructure and winding, hilly and slender Istrian and Kvarner roads, with the persistence of venture managers Daniel Šaškin, Marin Frček and their staff, the WRC was at their door. Then in September, a very powerful folks of the WRC and the FIA ​​visited Croatia to current the concepts and potentialities.

A gathering was held on the highest degree, with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia, the venture had the assist of MINT and CNTB, and issues had been greater than promising. Actually, Croatia was granted the WRC in 2018, however Turkey was sooner, so in virtually every week it obtained all the mandatory permits and state ensures and signed a contract with the WRC promoter for the tip of September, which Croatian organizers had hoped for. After that, the time period supplied to Croatia was in July 2018, which was not acceptable given the seasonal crowds and the height vacationer season, and the organizers needed the WRC in Croatia to be organized in April, Could, early June, late September or October.

With out eager about surrendering, the battle for the arrival of the WRC in Croatia continued. Thus, on the 103rd session in 2018, the Authorities of the Republic of Croatia gave its consent to submit a candidacy for the group of the World Rally Championship (WRC) within the Republic of Croatia in 2019 and 2020. This was the primary precondition for the globally well-liked WRC to be held for the primary time in Croatia, because the FIA ​​and WRC Promoters situation the bringing of 1 WRC station solely by the lively participation of state establishments within the venture on a number of ranges, in fact, to make sure high quality efficiency and a company on the degree required by the entire occasion.

Then all of the conditions for the day’s settlement had been on the desk, and the organizers needed the WRC in Croatia to be organized in April, Could, early June, late September, or October 2019 or 2020. However then the story got here to a halt and there was no information concerning the progress of the negotiations.

Nonetheless, in March 2019, Davorin Štetner, former assistant president and longtime member of the Board of the Croatian Auto and Karting Affiliation, was elected the brand new president of the affiliation. With none multiplication of the success and energy of all the staff that labored from the start, the arrival of Stetner on the forefront was a game-changer and a change of route by a brand new narrator. As a result of Davorin Štetner, entrepreneur and investor, was written in capital letters within the historical past of Formulation 1 in 2011 because the youngest personal proprietor of Formulation 1 TV rights on the planet. An achievement that enabled him to have direct contacts with the main folks of Formulation 1, in addition to the place of particular visitor of all F1 occasions all over the world.

Additionally, in the identical yr, the Kreator Group efficiently obtained media rights for probably the most prestigious crusing race all over the world – Volvo Ocean Race ™ and the rights to broadcast the World Motorbike Championship – MotoGP ™ and different premium sports activities rights.

In 2013, he launched a specialised sports activities channel – Kreator TV, which broadcasts in virtually all cable operators within the nation. In parallel with the launch of the channel, Štetner additionally invests in a satellite tv for pc and tv middle in Jastrebarsko. In 2014, he signed agreements on unique cooperation with Eurosport and different main tv firms. Originally of 2012, he based the KREATOR RACING TEAM with the intention of racing in karting and overseas Formulation One classes. Additionally, Štetner is a member of the FIA group for digital motorsport and took part within the creation of guidelines on the international degree, and no much less essential, the president of the Croatian community of enterprise angels – CRANE.

Lastly, in July 2020, Jean Todt, President of the World Vehicle Federation (FIA) visited Croatia, and the primary subject of conferences with Croatian officers was the potential of holding the World Rally Championship race in Croatia. Beneath the management of Jean Todt from 1993 to 2008 – Ferrari received 14 Formulation 1 titles, a reputation that doesn’t should be particularly represented anyplace on the planet.

All the above led to this video tackle by Jean Todt on the pages of the Croatian Auto and Karting Affiliation – HAKS.

Apparently, Jean Todt particularly referred to the profitable group and holding of the forty sixth INA Delta Rally in Zagreb, which happened on the finish of September this yr, particularly within the context of restrictions and epidemiological measures associated to the coronavirus epidemic.

In 2019, the WRC was watched by 836 million spectators, and 13 races attracted greater than 4 million spectators, whereas the races achieved 1.4 billion on-line views. About 1,500 accredited journalists report on the competitors, and virtually 9,860 hours of TV packages have been produced, that are broadcast in additional than 150 international locations all over the world.

Within the final seven years, the WRC has recorded a major pattern of rising recognition. This was helped by the implementation of recent tv applied sciences with the inventive use of footage from helicopters and drones.

Feasibility research ready in 2017 by the College of Economics and Tourism from Pula, headed by prof. dr. sc. Robert Zenzerović, Cooperative for Moral Financing from Zagreb and an abbreviated examine by the Division of Economics and Sports activities Administration of the College of Kinesiology in Zagreb, headed by dr. sc. Sanela Škorić et al. sc. Mato Bartolucie from the College of Economics in Zagreb, and primarily based on information from different WRC races on the planet, proves that it is a venture of nice profit to the Republic of Croatia.

In probably the most conservative calculations, the generated consumption would quantity to 22 million euros. The direct revenue for the state, solely by VAT, is at the very least 4 million euros, whereas the oblique revenue of the venture by media results is 41 million euros.

It’s clear that one such international attraction is a magnet for extending the vacationer season and selling and branding Croatia on a world degree. We may clearly see this within the instance of the Tour of Croatia race, which was sadly killed on account of personal pursuits. This will solely be achieved with new engaging content material and powerful leisure and sports activities occasions within the pre- and post-season, such because the WRC.

The arrival of the WRC in Croatia is a chance to advertise and model Croatia, as a result of it doesn’t matter what we predict, the Croatia model remains to be insufficiently acknowledged all through the world. In spite of everything, the very best ambassadors of Croatia to date have been its sporting successes.

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