The President of the Republic of Croatia Ivo Josipovic wanted to greet the protagonists of Rally Croatia before the start of the race. The President arrived in the town centre of Rijeka at 12.30, at the end of the shakedown, and spent about half an hour with the drivers in the start podium area.
His visit has honoured the drivers and the organizers, and that is even more significant since the president found the way and the time to be in Rijeka despite the international institutional commitments set for the afternoon in the Croatian capital.
In the afternoon the Mayor of Rijeka, Vojko Obersnel, waved the start flag to Luca Rossetti and Matteo Chiarcossi, who opened the list of starters tackling today the first 4 stages of the competition with a return in Rijeka from 22.59.
Three entered drivers have not started. Michal Solowow due to the unavailability of the Mitsubishi Lancer R4, and also Frenchman Cyril Vosalho (Subaru Impreza) and Slovenian Uric Petric (Citroen C2)
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