This is the essence of the route of the 38th Croatia Rally, third round of the FIA European Rally Championship, scheduled from May 19th to 21st, with start and finish in Rijeka.
Three days of competition, each within a specific geographic area and with a remarkable overall compactness, since for a total of 250 km in 15 special stages, all on tarmac, there are about 500 km road sections.
Thursday, May 21st will see the shakedown in the morning, and the first two special stages repeated twice in the evening, after the departure from Rijeka at 18.00: Ucka (km 14.09) and Studena (14.99 km), north-west of the town.
Friday, May 22nd is the longest (from 11.00 to 21.30) and most intense day, with three special stages located a little more to the west, close to the border with Slovenia, repeated twice (Brest, 23.47 km, Buzet 22.51 km and Lupoglav, 11.57 km). These will be followed by the super special stage of Preluk (14.63 km in total, about 2.5 laps of a circuit), near Rijeka.
Saturday, May 23rd the third and final day from 11:00 to 17:00, with two special stages repeated twice: Platak (16.42 km) and Lokve (12.76 km), east of the town.
Drivers also have an appointment with the crowd in the center of Rijeka, namely in the pedestrian zone of Korzo which will host not only the start and finish, but also the service park, where the cars will return for 9 times during the three days of the event.
Entries to the 38th Croatia Rally will open on February 18th and will close on May 5th 2011.
Selective: like a round of the FIA European Rally Championship must be.
Rational: to meet the drivers’ needs during the reconnaissance and for the teams’ movements before, during and after the rally.
Spectacular: as the public wishes and as the drivers and organisers’ commercial partners’ needs request.
More details about the rally in general and on the route are available on the rally website www.croatia-rally.com
THE CALENDAR OF THE 2011 FIA EUROPEAN RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP
|01 – 03/04||GRC||ELPA Rally||04 – 06/08||PRT||Rally Vinho da Madeira|
|14 – 16/04||ITA||Rallye 1000 Miglia||26 – 28/08||CZE||Barum Czech rally Zlin|
|19 – 21/05||HRV||CROATIA RALLY||09 – 11/09||ESP||Rally Principe de Asturias|
|03 – 05/06||TUR||Bosphorus Rally||23 – 25/06||POL||Rally Poland|
|23 – 25/06||BEL||Geko Ypres Rally||14 – 16/10||FRA||Rallye d’Antibes Côte d’Azur|
|08 – 10/07||BGR||Rally Bulgaria||27 – 29/10||CHE||Rallye International du Valais|
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