Croatia Rally

The Croatia Rally, also known for most of its existence as the Delta Rally or Croatia Delta Rally, is an international rally racing event based in Poreč in the on the coast of Istria in Croatia. The event is organised by the Croatian Car and Karting Federation and is a round of the European Rally Championship, the Serbian Rally Championship, the Slovenian Rally Championship. In most years it is a round of the Croatian Rally Championship. The event had been a round of the Yugoslavian Rally Championship. It has been a tarmac rally since at least the late 1980s. In 2011 the rallies' histories became split as the Croatia Rally and the Delta Rally became two separate events with the Delta Rally returning to the Croatia Delta Rally's former home of Zagreb.

First run in 1974 as the INA-Delta TLX Rally as a round of the regional Croatian championship, it was held in the Delnice-Rijeka area, slightly inland of its current Poreč home. The event was promoted to the Yugoslavian championship in 1977 and acquired a finish in the regional city of Zagreb. The 1986 event was an invitational only event held as a candidate event for the European Rally Championship. Under the co-efficient system the rally varied in importance within the European championship drifting through co-efficients 2, 5 and 10 in the 1990s. With the rally based in the north western part of Croatia it was able to continue during the years of the Croatian War of Independence.

In 2004 the rally was demoted to the European Rally Cup East as the co-efficient system fragmented into minor championships titled "Cups" before returning to the European championship in 2007. 2011 saw the rally return to its original Rijeka region before moving to its current location in 2013 as the event celebrated its 40th anniversary, while successfully maintaining its position on the calendar of the ERC after the merger of the ERC and the Intercontinental Rally Challenge, although the rally was moved from its traditional May date to a September date.

In 2011 as the Croatia Rally moved to Rijeka, the Delta rally broke away and re-established itself in the Zagreb area as a round of the Croatian championship before being added to the Central European Zone series in 2013.

Yugoslav drivers won the first 19 years of the event with Brane Kuzmič winning five times in a six-year period driving a Renault 5. Austrian driver Raimund Baumschlager was the first foreign winner in 1993 as the rally upgraded its international status. Enrico Bertone became the first foreign repeat winner in 1999 but locals continued to have a strong influence with Juraj Šebalj winning three times in the mid-2000s. Šebalj would also win the Delta Rally another five times post-split.

List of winnersEdit

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Year Winner Car
Delta Rally
1974   Tomislav Markt BMW 1600
1975   Aleksandar Mačešić Datsun 1200
1976   Berislav Modric Fiat 128 SC
1977   Aleš Pušnik Renault 5
1978   Aleš Pušnik Renault 5
1979   Borko Skurić Opel Kadett GT/E
1980   Leon Poberaj Zastava 101
1981   Leon Poberaj Zastava 101
1982   Borko Skurić Opel Kadett GT/E
1983   Brane Kuzmič Renault 5 GT Turbo
1984   Brane Kuzmič Renault 5 GT Turbo
1985   Brane Kuzmič Renault 5 GT Turbo
1986   Romana Zrnec Renault 11 Turbo
1987   Brane Kuzmič Renault 5 GT Turbo
1988   Brane Kuzmič Renault 5 GT Turbo
1989   Tihomir Filipović Lancia Delta HF Integrale
1990   Tihomir Filipović Lancia Delta HF Integrale
1991   Tihomir Filipović Lancia Delta HF Integrale
1992   Žarko Šepetavč Lancia Delta HF Integrale
1993   Raimund Baumschlager Ford Escort RS Cosworth
1994   Niko Pulić Lancia Delta HF Integrale
1995   Niko Pulić Lancia Delta HF Integrale
Croatia Delta Rally
1996   Kurt Göttlicher Ford Escort RS Cosworth
1997   David Pattison Ford Escort RS Cosworth
1998   Enrico Bertone Toyota Celica GT-Four
1999   Enrico Bertone Renault Mégane Maxi
2000   Bert de Jong Subaru Impreza WRC
2001   Krum Donchev Peugeot 306 Maxi
2002   Leszek Kuzaj Toyota Corolla WRC
2003   Václav Pech Jr. Ford Focus RS WRC
2004   Juraj Šebalj Subaru Impreza WRX STi
2005   Juraj Šebalj Citroën C2 S1600
2006   Václav Pech Jr. Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX
2007   Juraj Šebalj Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX
2008   Corrado Fontana Fiat Abarth Grande Punto S2000
Croatia Rally
2009   Krum Donchev Peugeot 207 S2000
2010   Luca Rossetti Fiat Abarth Grande Punto S2000
2011   Luca Rossetti Fiat Abarth Grande Punto S2000
2012   Juho Hänninen Škoda Fabia S2000
2013   Jan Kopecký Škoda Fabia S2000
Zagreb Delta Rally
2011   János Szilágyi Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX
2012   Juraj Šebalj Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX
2013   Juraj Šebalj Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX
INA Delta Rally
2014   Juraj Šebalj Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX
2015   Juraj Šebalj Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX
2016   Juraj Šebalj Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX
2017   Krisztián Hideg Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX
2018   Ondřej Bisaha Ford Fiesta R5

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