Croatia Rally 2022 data: Running order + itinerary

DirtFish brings you all the information you need for this weekend's WRC encounter

Craig Breen and Paul Nagle

It’s been the longest eight weeks ever for fans of the World Rally Championship, but finally the WRC is back this week with the Croatia Rally.

After a successful and thrilling debut last year, plenty of action is expected as the world’s finest rally drivers head to Zagreb for just the second time.

Here’s all the key information you need for this week’s rally:

Entry breakdown

Total 64 crews
11 Priority 1 crews
29 Priority 2 crews (WRC2)
10 Priority 3 crews (WRC3)
14 Non-priority crews


There’s little change in the ranks in the WRC’s top class as both the third Toyota and third Hyundai will be occupied by the same driver that drove them in Sweden (Esapekka Lappi and Oliver Solberg).

But there’s an addition to the entry compared to round two in the form of Pierre-Louis Loubet who begins his seven-round campaign with M-Sport in Croatia.

Kalle Rovanperä’s Toyota will be first onto the stages on the opening leg, swiftly followed by Thierry Neuville’s Hyundai and Gus Greensmith’s M-Sport Ford.

Number Driver Co-driver Car
69 Kalle Rovanperä Jonne Halttunen Toyota GR Yaris Rally1
11 Thierry Neuville Martijn Wydaeghe Hyundai i20 N Rally1
44 Gus Greensmith Jonas Andersson Ford Puma Rally1
18 Takamoto Katsuta Aaron Johnston Toyota GR Yaris Rally1
42 Craig Breen Paul Nagle Ford Puma Rally1
4 Esapekka Lappi Janne Ferm Toyota GR Yaris Rally1
2 Oliver Solberg Elliott Edmondson Hyundai i20 N Rally1
8 Ott Tänak  Martin Järveoja Hyundai i20 N Rally1
33 Elfyn Evans Scott Martin Toyota GR Yaris Rally1
16 Adrien Fourmaux Alexandre Coria Ford Puma Rally1
7 Pierre-Louis Loubet Vincent Landais Ford Puma Rally1


As is becoming the norm, it’s another impressive entry in WRC2 this week with just under 30 cars all competing for honors.

Reigning champion Andreas Mikkelsen has won both rounds so far this season but isn’t starting the Croatia Rally, opening the door for a new name to top the WRC2 podium in 2022.

On past form, the three French Citroën drivers – Stéphane Lefebvre, Yohan Rossel and Eric Camill – appear to be obvious favorites but there are plenty of contenders in the mix too.

Nikolay Gryazin is always fast, Kajetan Kajetanowicz has been a frontrunner in WRC3 for years, Erik Cais was blistering on the Monte, Emil Lindholm is never far away and his Toksport stablemate Chris Ingram is in good form as he starts his first WRC event with multiple ARA champion co-driver Craig Drew.

Number Driver Co-driver Car
20 Stéphane Lefebvre Andy Malfoy Citroën C3 Rally2
21 Yohan Rossel Valentin Sarreaud  Citroën C3 Rally2
22 Eric Camilli Thibault de la Haye Citroën C3 Rally2
23 Nikolay Gryazin Konstantin Aleksandrov Škoda Fabia Rally2 evo
24 Kajetan Kajetanowicz Maciej Szczcepaniak Škoda Fabia Rally2 evo
25 Erik Cais Petr Těšínský Ford Fiesta Rally2
26 Emil Lindholm Reeta Hämäläinen Škoda Fabia Rally2 evo
27 Jari Huttunen Mikko Lukka Ford Fiesta Rally2
28 Grégoire Munster Louis Louka Hyundai i20 N Rally2
29 Chris Ingram Craig Drew Škoda Fabia Rally2 evo
30 Georg Linnamäe James Morgan Volkswagen Polo GTI R5
31 Mikko Heikkilä Samu Vaaleri Škoda Fabia Rally2 evo
32 Sean Johnston Alex Kihurani Citroën C3 Rally2
34 Benito Guerra jr Daniel Cué Škoda Fabia Rally2 evo
35 Armin Kremer Timo Gottschalk Škoda Fabia Rally2 evo
36 Neil Simpson Michael Gibson Škoda Fabia Rally2 evo
37 Mauro Miele Luca Beltrame Škoda Fabia Rally2 evo
38 Pierre Ragues Julien Pesenti Volkswagen Polo GTI R5
39 Oliver Burri Anderson Levratti Volkswagen Polo GTI R5
40 Niko Pulić Aleksandra Kovačić Škoda Fabia Rally2 evo
41 Johannes Kefferböck Ilka Minor Škoda Fabia Rally2 evo
43 Mikołaj Marczyk Szymon Gospodarczyk Škoda Fabia Rally2 evo
45 Fabrizio Arengi Bentivoglio Massimiliano Bosi Škoda Fabia Rally2 evo
46 Henk Vossen Hans van Goor Ford Fiesta R5
47 Aljoša Novak Uroš Ocvirk Škoda Fabia Rally2 evo
48 Paulo Nobre Gabriel Morales Škoda Fabia Rally2 evo
49 Osamu Fukunaga Misako Saida Škoda Fabia Rally2 evo
50 Carlo Covi Michela Lorigiola Škoda Fabia Rally2 evo
51 Flilippo Marchino Roberto Briani Škoda Fabia Rally2 evo

WRC3/Junior WRC

Over 10 Rally3 cars have entered the Croatia Rally, with seven in the Junior WRC category (up one from Sweden) as Jean-Baptsite Franceschi is now fit enough to compete.

Jon Armstrong won the opening round in Sweden, won in Croatia last year and was impressive on a one-off European Rally Championship appearance on the Azores too, so is a clear candidate for victory.

But reigning champion Sami Pajari will be a threat and so too could be William Creighton who, although hasn’t won a JWRC round before, has been getting plenty of seat-time at home in Ireland ahead of this weekend’s event.

Pajari and Creighton are both eligible for WRC3 as well as Junior WRC, and there they’ll face opposition from experienced Rally2 pedaller Enrico Brazzoli as well as Zoltán László and local driver Ivica Siladić.

Number Driver Co-driver Car
52 Jon Armstrong Brian Hoy Ford Fiesta Rally3
53 Lauri Joona Mikael Korhonen Ford Fiesta Rally3
54 Sami Pajari Enni Mälkönen Ford Fiesta Rally3
56 William Creighton Liam Regan Ford Fiesta Rally3
57 Robert Virves Aleks Lesk Ford Fiesta Rally3
58 Jean-Baptiste Franceschi Anthony Gorguilo Ford Fiesta Rally3
59 Enrico Brazzoli Manuel Fenoli Ford Fiesta Rally3
60 Zoltán László Tamás Kürti Ford Fiesta Rally3
61 Ivica Siladić Jasna Durak Ford Fiesta Rally3
62 McRae Kimahti Mwangi Kioni Ford Fiesta Rally3


Thursday April 21

Shakedown Okić (2.27 miles) 0901

Friday April 22

SS1 Mali Lipovec – Grdanjci 1 (11.93 miles) 0833
SS2 Stojdraga – Gornja Vas 1 (12.9 miles) 0926
SS3 Krašić – Vrškovac 1 (6.9 miles) 1019
SS4 Pećurkovo Brdo – Mrežnički Novaki 2 (5.66 miles) 1132
SS5 Mali Lipovec – Grdanjci 2 (11.93 miles) 1505
SS6 Stojdraga – Gornja Vas 2 (12.9 miles) 1558
SS7 Krašić – Vrškovac 2 (6.9 miles) 1651
SS8 Pećurkovo Brdo – Mrežnički Novaki 1 (5.66 miles) 1804

Saturday April 23

SS9 Kostanjevac – Petruš Vrh 1 (14.76 miles) 0743
SS10 Jaškovo – Mali Modruš Potok 1 (6.27 miles) 0841
SS11 Platak 1 (9.85 miles) 1009
SS12 Vinski Vrh – Duga Resa 1 (5.45 miles) 1138
SS13 Kostanjevac – Petruš Vrh 2 (14.76 miles) 1516
SS14 Jaškovo – Mali Modruš Potok 2 (6.27 miles) 1614
SS15 Platak 2 (9.85 miles) 1742
SS16 Vinski Vrh – Duga Resa 2 (5.45 miles) 1908

Sunday April 24

SS17 Trakošćan – Vrbno 1 (8.17 miles) 0718
SS18 Zagorska Sela – Kumrovec 1 (8.75 miles) 0838
SS19 Trakošćan – Vrbno 2 (8.17 miles) 1026
SS20 Zagorska Sela – Kumrovec 2 (8.75 miles) 1318

Total competitive mileage: 181.33 miles