WRC Promoter and FIA gave the green light, WRC could be realized in Croatia in 2019!The World Rally Championship is watched by more than 700 million spectators annually, of which four million spectators watched the 2016 13-year WRC races along the track. The Media World Rally Championship is followed by 1350 accredited journalists, more than 12.000 hours of TV programs are produced, and the WRC program is broadcast in 155 countries around the world. These are just some of the dizzying numbers and data that make the WRC potentially the largest event ever held in Croatia.Croatia was approved for the WRC as early as 2018, but Turkey was faster, so in almost a week it obtained all the necessary permits and state guarantees and signed a contract with the WRC promoter for the end of September, which the Croatian organizers had hoped for. After that, the term offered to Croatia was in July 2018, which was not acceptable given the seasonal crowds and the peak tourist season, and the organizers want the WRC in Croatia to be organized in April, May, early June, late September or October .Nakon što je Croatia Rally, kao slijednik INA Delta Rallya, u statusu European Rally Championship preselio 2013. u Istru, ekipa oko Auto Kluba D.T. iz Poreča, A.K. Cro Dakar Team iz Zagreba i A.K. Delta Sport iz Zagreba, uz neizbježnu podršku predsjednika Hrvatskog Auto i Karting saveza (HAKS) Matka Bolanče, potpredsjednika HAKS-a Domagoja Kamenskog i tajnika HAKS-a Zrinka Gregureka, počela je konkretnije raditi na ideji dovođenja WRC-a u Hrvatsku. Zahvaljujući Zrinku Gregureku, tajniku HAKS-a, hrvatskim ljepotama, turističkoj infrastrukturi te zavojitim, kliskim, brdovitim i uskim istarskim i kvarnerskim cestama, uz upornost projekt menadžera Daniela Šaškina, Marina Frčka i njihove ekipe, WRC je pred vratima. “It is the highest sports body of the FIA World Automobile Federation, so that makes it the highest-ranked Croatian in a world sports federation. His position has significantly accelerated and in fact enabled the most important people of the WRC and the FIA to visit Croatia to present our ideas and opportunities. At the meeting in Banski dvori, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia Andrej Plenković asked only one question: What do I have to do for Croatia to win the World Rally Championship? WRC and FIA leaders after three days in Croatia were delighted with what they were shown and what they heard.” ističe Zrinko Gregurek je jedan od četrnaestorice članova World Motorsport Council-a pri FIA-i.CNTB as a key factor in confirming the holding of the WRC in Croatia In the coming months, the Croatian National Tourist Board will play a key role in bringing the WRC to Croatia, given that the FIA and WRC Promotor make the bringing of one WRC station conditional on the active participation of state institutions in the project on several levels. Minister of Tourism Gari Capelli and the new director of the CNTB Kristijan Staničić confirmed that there is great interest in the tourism industry for this project, and thus expressed readiness to cooperate because, as they say, the extension of the tourist season, which is widely talked about, can only be achieved with new facilities and powerful entertainment and sports events in the pre- and post-season.Na temelju podataka ostalih WRC utrka u svijetu i studije isplativosti, dokazano je da se radi o projektu od izuzetno velike koristi za Republiku Hrvatsku. U najkonzervativnijim izračunima generirana potrošnja bi iznosila 22 million euros. The direct profit for the state, only through VAT, is at least four million euros, while the indirect profit of the project through media effects is a huge 41 million euros!Last year, the race was watched by over 900.000 spectators in Portugal Official WRC data in Portugal are almost unbelievable. In 2016, the WRC race was watched live by 910.000 spectators (50% were foreigners; half of them from neighboring Spain). The direct impact on the Portuguese economy was a staggering € 67,6 million while the indirect effects were € 61,7 million. In terms of tourism, Portugal realizes more than 1.5 million overnight stays a year from the WRC alone!Croatia, as one of the fastest growing tourist destinations in the world, could certainly approach these figures in a few years, and why not exceed them.WRC bi svakako startao u Istri i Kvarneru, a želja organizatora je «seliti» WRC po Hrvatskoj svakih nekoliko godina. Interes je već iskazala Turistička zajednica Šibensko Kninske županije dok organizatori priželjkuju jednoga dana WRC dovesti u i Slavoniju, točnije u Vukovar, Vinkovce i Osijek. “Dovođenje više od polovice svjetske automobilističke industrije u Hrvatsku nije samo sport, turizam i zabava. Jednoga dana, uz pravilno usmjeravanje i podršku državnih institucija to može postati i puno više, ali to je već jedna druga priča.” ističu organizatori te postavljauu hipotezu: Može li WRC Hrvatskoj donijeti uz veliku dobrobit za gospodarstvo i novi preporod automobilizma koji je u konstantnoj krizi već više od desetljeća?The WRC is on the threshold of Croatia, and we sincerely hope that it will be differentiated, because this is an opportunity we must not miss.