The upcoming rally race by AKC Sveta Nedelja in Croatia will attract many participants and attendees across Europe. As the biggest rally race in the country, it is considered a precious event in terms of its international reputation and significance.
RSSD doesn't consider the number thirteen unlucky. This year's edition boasts a record number of high-quality and competitive applications. Nine countries have sent in 117 crews, who will soon race on the famous macadam of Arena Savršćak. The most attractive of the bunch, 20 cars in total, will participate in the ceremonial start on Saturday, November 25th, followed by the speed tests at 7:30 on Sunday, November 26th. The RAJSKA CO DRIVER LADIES Trophy category is set to highlight the event, with a staggering 36 co-drivers vying for the top spot. Two female drivers and numerous female co-drivers have also registered for the race. Additionally, 11 juniors will compete for the Tokić JUNIOR Trophy category podium. The organisers are proud to present such an exciting lineup of participants.
Simon Wagner, a two-time winner of the RSSD, will wear the starting number 1. He had an intense season, winning the Austrian championship for the third year in a row, delivering outstanding performances in the European Rally Championship rallies, and impressing everyone with his phenomenal showing in the WRC2 category at the Central Europe Rally, which he recently drove for the WRC World Rally Championship.
Niko Pulić, a celebrated racing driver, has expressed his desire for an exhilarating, adrenaline-fueled ride as he embarks on his third attempt at the macadam beauty using the Škoda Fabia R5 Evo. Joining him in the passenger seat after a prolonged absence from racing is Tajana Koren. Siniša Crnojević and Martina Maretić, the champions of Croatia in 2008, have also interrupted their extended hiatus from racing and will compete in an eye-catching Hyundai i20 R5.
The registry of participants in the rally scene includes a cadre of distinguished individuals. Among them are Antal Kovacs and Gergo Istovics, whose Hungarian team has been causing Croatian rally cars to combust for a decade. Additionally, the roster features Wolfgang Schmollgruber, who pilots a Mitsubishi Colt Proto with remarkable poise, Sasa Olle, Aljoša Novak, and other notable figures. The national colours are represented by a diverse array of competitors, including Nenad Lončarić, who is renowned for his love of macadam, the Ravenščak family, who have brought two Ford Fiesta Rally 3s to the tournament, and Daniel Vojvodić, who takes on dual roles as driver and organiser, this time competing alongside Filip Puzić in the new Suzuki Swift ZMX car. Miroslav Zrnčević Mrgud, who typically leads the test team for the Bugatti Rimac group, has opted to take a hiatus from his business activities to compete alongside his wife, Mia Čarapina, in the Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IX.
Loris Rosati, a three-wheeled-vehicle virtuoso, and his Ape Proto have finally reached the long-awaited moment of competing in a race this year. They will participate in the new RSSD6 class, which features the Can-Am and Garilla Rally-Raid cars for the first time. These off-road vehicles have high suspension and robust engines, ideal for all-terrain adventures. The opening of this opportunity to race with these vehicles has generated much interest, with 15 drivers already registered for this new class.
The AKC Sveta Nedelja and AK Delta Sport organise the race in technical partnership, with support from the cities of Sveta Nedelja and Samobor, their utility companies Svenkom and Komunalac, and the Tourist Boards of Zagreb County and Sveta Nedelja. The list of sponsors highlights the direct connection between the RSSD and the economically prosperous community. The legendary American Valvoline, a motor oil brand explicitly developed for races, is again the main sponsor. Val Int, a Sveta Nedelja company, has been distributing Valvoline in Croatia for years. Subaru Auto Lončarić, Rajska, and Limas are also from Sveta Nedelja. Purić, a Samobor company, has sponsored the race for years. The well-known companies Tokić and Carwiz are also sponsors, with Carwiz being a first-time sponsor. In addition, a long list of media partners finds attractive material for their stories and photo-video material every year at Savršćak.
The 13th edition of the RSSD kicks off on Saturday, November 25, with the official training, Shakedown, on the slopes of Savršćak. The training runs from 13:00 to 16:30, followed by the selection of starting positions based on the times achieved during the training, at Ante Starčevića Square in Sveta Nedelja at 19:00. The competition's ceremonial opening takes place at 19:30.
On Sunday, November 26th, the top drivers will gather early in the morning at the start of the BI Savršćak Arena to compete in challenging RSSD conditions. The Speed tests will take place at Savršćak Arena 1 (7:30 am), 2 (10:00 am), 3 (12:30 pm) and 4 (2:00 pm). The prize distribution ceremony will occur at 5:00 pm at the restaurant facility, located at the service parking lot of Savršćak.
Those interested in obtaining information about the 13th Regional Seminar on Sustainable Development (RSSD) may follow the official profiles on Instagram, TikTok, and Facebook. To facilitate the audience's navigation, the organiser has prepared interactive maps and sales points for RSSD memorabilia, including the highly coveted RSSD hoodie shirts, which have become a symbol of the event.