It’s a big day in Knin, Croatia today where the first edition of the Dinaric Rally is about to kick off tomorrow with over 60 motorcycle and quad riders taking to the first special stage in the morning. The Dinaric Rally is the first of its kind: based on a Dakar-style rally format, the Dinaric is sticking to GPS navigation instead of roadbook this year to help new riders enter the rally world. The event organizers and competitors are looking forward to three days of riding in the insanely scenic Dinaric Alps, with special stage length averaging around 200 km.
“We’re excited to see some semi-pro level riders here, especially the Austrian racing teams, and we’re hoping the Dinaric Rally is going to offer them enough of a challenge while letting new riders get a taste of a rally race. The rally is going to be timed, and we’re paying special attention to security measures making sure all riders are safe. After today’s scrutineering process and a quick briefing, we’re all ready to race tomorrow and we can’t wait to see competitors take on the challenging Dinaric Alps terrain!” – Perica Matijevic, the organizer of the Dinaric Rally, said.
Although the COVID-19 situation has prevented nearly half of the competitors from attending, Croatian borders are still open and the national regulations allow an open-air rally race. Over sixty motorcycle and quad riders from Croatia, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovenia, and the Netherlands are going to line up at the start of the Dinaric Rally tomorrow morning.
The Dinaric Rally is seeing its first edition this year, but the Croatian rally crew is hoping their hybrid rally event will grow and become a serious player in the European rally scene as they go along.
More info: www.dinaricrally.com
Images: Zeljko Opacic