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DELTA SPORT Press

HIDEG AND KEREK VICTORIOUS IN KUMROVEC

 

Krisztian Hideg and Istvan Kerek, members of Auto Club Delta Sport came in first with a total time of 30:58.4 minutes. The Croatian crew drove a Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IX. It has been somewhat of a photo finish as the time difference between the first and second placed crew is a mere second.

 

“We’re tremendously happy to have won here,” said Hideg. “This is our first time competing in Kumrovec and that makes us a proud bunch. The organisation has been great.”

 

Second place belonged to Antal Kovacs and Gergo Istovics of Hungary, who clocked in one second slower than Hideg and Kerek in their Ford Fiesta R5. Another Croatian crew have found their way onto the podium as Daniel Šaškin and Saša Bitterman (Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X) finished third at 31:14.3.

 

“There has been no lack of excitement at the very end of the rally,” said Šaškin. “The all time high number of crews shows that the organisers have done a great job and it serves as additional motivation to all other drivers. The track has been challenging, the organisation has been great. I’m very happy with my drive. Congratulations to all other drivers who finished.”

 

Željko Štefanić, the director of the rally was happy with how it all turned out.

 

“After a lot of hard work that spanned over multiple months, about 15-20 people realised this project,” said Štefanić. “It’s the product of a long period of preparation work, inviting drivers, and we won a lot with the fact that we moved the date of the rally a month ahead - we’re the first rally in the region, therefore everybody wanted to come down for some test drives which is excellent for us."

 

A surprising 59 out of 70 crews from six countries have finished the rally, which comes as a sort of pleasant surprise given that it is fairly odd in the sport of rally for such a high percentage of crews to finish. It definitely is a reason for the organisers and drivers to be pleased that there was only a small amount of accidents and technical difficulties.

 

The specificity of Kumrovec stages lies in a narrow track with many linked curves and crests. Often lots of gravel gets on the asphalt which is put out of the roadside as drivers select the ideal line. For years, the audience recognises Rally Kumrovec as an event that brings attractive rides with lots of jumps.

 

In the previous four rallies Hungarian driver Janos Szilagyi was the best in such conditions. He has won three times, and in 2013 he had to withdraw after half of the rally due to illness of his co-driver while he held the lead. Daniel Šaškin of Poreč has one victory in Kumrovec.

 

The Fifth INA Rally Kumrovec has been supported by the President of the Republic of Croatia, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović.

 

Photo: Uroš Modlic

Hungary domination in prologue

 

Day one of the Kumrovec Rally has come to a close with the end of the second prologue in Tuhelj. Crowds of thousands have gathered for the Friday afternoon spectacle, which amassed an all time high 70 crews from six countries.

 

Antal Kovacs and Gergo Istovics placed first in their Ford Fiesta R5 coming in at 4:44.00, while their countrymen Zoltan Lencse and Tamas Hofbauer, who drive a Ford Fiesta R5 as well placed second. They came in 3.9 seconds later. Slovenians Rok Turk and Martina Lazar in a Peugeot 208 R2 placed third.

 

While they didn’t maximise their “home field advantage”, Croatians Janos Szilagy and Katarina Husnjak of Autoklub Delta Sport did fairly well coming in fourth.

 

Of the 70 participating crews, ten of them did not finish today’s prologue. Seven of them retired, while three did not start.

 

The octane spectacle that Rally Kumrovec has to offer is set to move to Kumrovec today, where four special stages await. A ceremonial start is scheduled for 9:31AM, while the special stages’ actual start is scheduled for 11:09AM.

 

The specificity of Kumrovec stages lies in a narrow track with many linked curves and crests. Often lots of gravel gets on the asphalt which is put out of the roadside as drivers select the ideal line. For years, the audience recognizes Rally Kumrovec as an event that brings attractive rides with lots of jumps. In the previous four rallies Hungarian driver Janos Szilagyi was the best in such conditions. He has won three times, and in 2013 he had to withdraw after half of the rally due to illness of his co-driver while he held the lead. Daniel Šaškin of Porec has one victory in Kumrovec.

LIFTOFF IN KUMROVEC

 

A green colored Fiat 126, collectively known as “Peglica” in the vicinities of former Yugoslavia opened up the fifth annual Kumrovec Rally.  An all time high 70 crews will take part in all activities this weekend, while one all female crew has found their way amongst other starters - Gorana Hunić and Maja Redžić.

 

Administrative checks, scrutineerings and reconnaisance opened up the day in Kumrovec, but the party moved to Tuhelj in the afternoon hours for two prologues. The event will, however, move back to Kumrovec on Saturday as four special stages will take place.

 

The weather has been pulling off a Jekyll and Hyde with the organisers with snow and rain in the morning hours, followed by clouds, but the sun showed up just in time for the start of the octane fueled weekend in Zagorje. All’s well that ends well!

 

 

Programme for spectators is published

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Programme for spectators brings You in just one place all the most important information about 5. INA Rally Kumrovec. Besides precise maps of Special Stages, you can also find attractive spectator's places. Likewise we bring You information on accommodation and emergency services, as well as instructions on safety of spectators during the competition. Programme for spectators can be found in the menu "Spectators", where it can be downloaded to Your computer or browse it page by page.

 

5. INA Rally Kumrovec @ free mobile app!

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All users of mobile devices with the Android operating system 4.1 and up can download the application Kumrovec Rally Spectator from Google Play store. Besides voting for the most attractive crews, the application offers live results and standings, as well as following the official Facebook page and Twitter of the rally.

 

 

"Application Rally Spectator by company Capabilis has it's premiere in Croatia on the 5. INA Rally Kumrovec. Download is completely free and we believe that it will be installed by a large number of visitors of our rally. For those most active in its use we will prepare awards whose winners will be notified throuhg our Twitter channel, what again they will be able to follow through the application itself, "- said the Clerk of the Course Zeljko Stefanic.

  

 

 

The application can be found in the Google Play Store or downloaded by direct link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=hr.fer.capabilis.kumrovec&hl=en

 

 

 

On the 5. INA Rally Kumrovec entry list the crews from seven countries can be found, and they will compete in two days, Friday 4. and Saturday 5. March. The favorites are those with the highest starting numbers. "These are Janosz Szilagyi, a triple winner of Rally Kumrovec, Juraj Sebalj, ten times Croatian champion, Krisztian Hideg, extremely fast Hungarian who will defend the colors of the organizers, the Slovenian champion Darko Peljhan and besides them Viliam Prodan and fast Slovenian Rok Turk" - Stefanic concluded.

 

Promotion of 5. INA Rally Kumrovec in Zabok

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Saturday morning the week before the 5. INA Rally Kumrovec was used by organizer to promote the competition in front of City Caffe in Zabok. At just one place visitors were able to see the exposed rally cars and win the prizes of partners of the rally. Also, during the promotion they were given all the information about the first rally of the season in Croatia.

 

 

 

"Promotion was successful, hundreds of visitors and guests of City caffe have seen rally cars at close, the same ones that will compete next weekend at the 5th INA Rally Kumrovec. The visitors were given a word of advice on which positions to watch the special stages, but also we pointed out the safety tips to be followed on all motorsport events. By this we have accomplished one ot the most important goals of our club - education "- said in Zabok Dino Deljkic, president AC Delta Sport, the organizer of Rally Kumrovec.

 

 

 

 

The deadline for entries has expired on Friday, February 26, at midnight. "One of the last entries was Rok Turk's, an extremely fast driver from Slovenia, who had never competed in Kumrovec. I'm more than satisfied with a total of 76 entrants from a total of 7 countries. For the first tune Rally Kumrovec has an intercontinental character, because Zoltan Kovacs owns the Canadian license . Preparations are in the final stage of and we have prepared several important innovations, about which we will talk more in the days to come"- said the director of the rally Zeljko Stefanic.

 

 

 

 

Patron of the 5. INA Rally Kumrovec is the Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic. The event will be held on 4 and 5 March in Tuheljske Toplice and Kumrovec.

 

 

Vote for the best crews on special stages and follow live results from Android application!

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The application enables you to vote for the best crews and crews with the most attractive driving on the special stages. Follow live results and get news from official Facebook and Twitter pages. The application Kumrovec Rally Spectator can be downloaded freely from Google Play.

 

 

After installing the application select Rally Kumrovec 2016. The main screen offers four buttons: Crews, Facebook, Twitter and Results. By selecting Crews you get a list of crews where you can vote for a crew by selecting it. Selecting Results takes you to a live feed of stage results, both ongoing and past. News from Facebook and Twitter (short snippets) are available through appropriate buttons on the home screen.

 

 

Kumrovec Rally Spectator: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=hr.fer.capabilis.kumrovec&hl=en

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