About the Cluj Rally and Organizers
Cluj is, along with Brașov and Sibiu, one of the strongest poles of local motoring. The Cluj Rally, under different names and configurations, has a tradition of over 45 years, the first edition taking place in 1975.
Over the years it has been organized by several sports clubs, both in the asphalt version and in the macadam version, in some years, more prolific, Cluj even having the privilege to host 2 stages of the National Rally Championship, in different configurations.
In the period 2003-2009 the Cluj Rally was organized by the Sports Club “Savu Racing”, under the auspices of the Romanian Federation of Sports Motorsport (FRAS), with the support of the Cluj County Council, the Local Council and the City Hall of Cluj-Napoca; Created in this asphalt variant, starting with 2004, the Cluj Rally wanted, from the beginning, to be a launching pad for the municipality of Cluj-Napoca and Cluj County on the stage of the European Rally Championship, with all the benefits deriving from this approach: promoting our cultural and sports heritage. In this sense, the organizing club took the first steps in 2009, registering for the first time, after 2004, a stage of the National Rally Championship in the International Sports Calendar. The queen competition of Romanian motorsport will have a total of 11 stages in the 2021 season, and will cover most of the country’s regions. Last season, the National Rally Championship gathered over 200 athletes at the start, including with international participation, several stages being included in the European Rally Trophy calendar.
The rally stages take place over long distances, covering several localities during the three days of competition, all 11 stages benefiting from live broadcasts on the Look TV channel, FRAS partner.
In 2021, the Cluj Rally returns to the organization of the Savu Racing Sports Club with the 10th anniversary edition, which will count as the 5th stage of the National Rally Championship
The Cluj Rally
Event in the 2011 FIA International Sports Calendar
3rdEvent in the 2011 Dunlop National Rally Championship
27-29 May 2011
The 2011 Dunlop National Rally Championship 2011 is the most important motorsport event in Romania which has undergone an annual development over the years owing both to the technological evolution of the participating cars and to the financial implication of various well-known national and international companies. They have noticed that the same as similar western championships the CNR has become an extremely useful means of promoting the companies own imagine or brands. The ample development of the event involves the most important cities in the country.
In May, Cluj-Napoca will host again the Cluj Rally, counting as the 3rd event in the championship.
Tradition is the main attribute of this year Cluj Rally, at its 30th edition, since 1975. While the year 2008 brought about the greatest number of crews ever recorded in the modern era of the national rally championship, the year 2009 was the year of international acknowledgement of this event. Thus, after several years of absence from the international rally scene, Romania reappeared in the International Sporting Calendar due to the Mobil 1 Star Lubricants Cluj Rally and it remained the only event of the kind in the 2010 competitive season. This year’s event represents the final test in front of the The Federation Internationale de Automobile (FIA) observers, before acceding to the Central European Rally Cup starting with the 2012 season.
Already at the 9th organization running, the SAVU RACING Sports Club wish to express their gratitude towards all their partners and collaborators that have been supporting them over all these years.
This year, the Cluj Rally is included in the Cluj Days manifestation, an event organized now for the first time.
The Cluj event of the 2011 Dunlop National Rally Championship has a long tradition and is viewed by the Cluj people as the main auto manifestation of the year from a media point of view as well as from the perspective of the attendance of the amateur spectators. The faultless organization and the quality entries have been constantly raising the standard of the event and currently recommend it as a useful means of promotion.
Following the acquired experience in this field of organizing motorsport competitions, our target is to raise the level of the competition to the highest standards, this being possible due to the support granted by a great number of motorsport fans together with former champions of this sporting discipline.
The current level reached by the evolution of the CNR allows us to state that the Cluj event of this championship can be the central sporting event of the year in our county, since it involves a number of over 500 sportspeople, mechanics, officials, team managers, sponsors as well as an estimated number of over 20,000 spectators.
Besides organizing championship events, the Savu Racing Sports Club as an active part in the auto phenomena has one more focus in its activity, supporting the participation of some teams and/or crews in the 2011 Dunlop National Rally Championship as well as in the 2011 Dunlop National Hillclimb Championship.
We expect you to join us on all the events hosted by the two championships in the year 2011