Gryazin’s winning performance at Quattro River Rally


Russian driver dominates Croatian race, joined by Lopez and Joona on the podium.

Russian dominance at the “Quattro River Rally Karlovac” thanks to the commanding victory of Nikolay Gryazin and Konstantin Aleksandrov. The Citroën driver prevailed over Spaniard Pepe Lopez (Skoda Fabia RS rally2) and Finnish competitor Lauri Joona (Skoda Fabia RS rally2), both WRC2 drivers who had come to Karlovac to prepare for the Croatian round of the WRC. This rally provided a course quite comparable to that of the WRC, especially as the second day took place on Croatia WRC roads, albeit in reverse compared to the World Championship event.

In the twelve scheduled special stages, Gryazin thoroughly dominated, leaving only one scratch time for the competition. The Russian driver clinched victory with a lead of 1’13” over Pepe Lopez and 2’10” over Lauri Joona. Estonian Romet Jurgenson took the fourth position and first in the rally3 category. Jurgenson, who is competing this season in WRC3 and FIA WRC Junior, led his fellow competitors Ali Turkkan and Tristan Charpentier.

Seventh place went to Hungarian Antal Kovacz in a Hyundai i20 rally2, followed by three more rally3 cars that effectively completed the top-10. These included Croatian Viliam Prodan in eighth, Irishman Eamonn Kelly in ninth, and another Croatian, Jan Pokos, in tenth.

Among the Italians in the race, the best result was achieved by Alessandro Biondo and Luca Toffolo in a Peugeot 106 16V, finishing thirtieth overall and securing victory in class 4 as well as a seventh place in the Alpe Adria Cup. Alessandro Cepek and Fabrizio Colja in a Renault Clio RS from Team Gorizia Corse finished thirty-ninth overall and tenth in the Alpe Adria Cup. The youngest competitor, fifteen-year-old Matteo Bernini, paired with Paolo Zanini, finished fifty-eighth overall. The race for the ACI Team Italia representative began with an uphill struggle due to an electrical issue with his 124 RGT, leading to an early retirement on day one. However, he restarted on day two using the super-rally format, posting notably competitive times, including the twelfth fastest overall time on SS11. Marco Crozzoli and Filippo Nodale, representing the ACN Forze di Polizia with an Opel Astra GSI 16V, retired during day one but returned to the race using the super-rally. It was a bitter retirement for Andrea Faccin and Fabio Giuriato, whose outing in the small Mini Cooper S was cut short first by an off-road incident damaging the fan and later, after extensive overnight repairs, by another off-road excursion on day two’s first stage, forcing them to retire.