Thanks to the successful organization of the Croatia Rally, held last week, the WRC and the International Automobile Federation (FIA) have offered a fixed contract for at least two more years in which the Croatia Rally would be included in the World Championship calendar.
“This kind of world event is a great opportunity to extend the tourist season and a fantastic promotion of Croatia around the world. I hope that everyone will recognize this, from institutions to the corporate sector and help us organize the race in Croatia in the coming years. We have a chance, it would be crazy to lose it and miss it,” pointed out the president of the Organizing Committee of the Croatia Rally, Daniel Šaškin, who exclusively confirmed the news for Croatian Television.
Behind Croatia is a spectacular sports weekend during which the best rally drivers of today showed their skills through 20 speed tests on 300 kilometers of local roads in Karlovac, Krapina-Zagorje and Zagreb counties and the City of Zagreb. The sports spectacle and clips from Croatia were seen in 150 countries around the world, and more than 200 foreign journalists and cameramen visited Croatia, which is the largest number of world media that were present live at a sporting event in Croatia.
Despite a challenging year with many restrictions due to the current pandemic, the organization of the rally, which was the main topic in Croatia and beyond this weekend, was praised by drivers, teams, journalists and many motoring fans who, despite calls to watch the race on small screens, could be along the tracks on which the speed tests were driven.
The figures related to the event next year could be far more impressive, because holding a competition with spectators brings many times greater benefits through generated spending in Croatia.
An example is Portugal, which is visited by 930,000 spectators during the WRC, which generates spending of 70 million euros, and the value of the promotion since the World Rally Championship for Portugal is estimated at 75 million euros.