Location Opatija / Abbazia - Primorsko-goranska - Jadranska Hrvatska
Location Opatija (Abbazia in Italian) is a village in Istria (Istra in Croatian), on Kvarner Gulf (Kvarnerski zaljev in Croatian, Golfo del Quarnaro in Italian), few km South West of Rijeka (Fiume in Italian).
First edition of the race was in 1939, when this area was in Italy. From the end of Second World War to June 24th 1991 this area was in Yugoslavia
Latitude - Longitude + 45°21'09"     + 14°20'20"
45.3525     14.338889
UTM Coordinates X = 448214.836  -  Y = 5022322.454  -  Zone 33T
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Altitude AMSL 5 m - 16 ft
Inauguration 1939
Closing 1977
Sources and links (Translation) (**)
(1) Italian ForumForum --> Europe --> More countries --> CRO - Circuiti Croati [ITA]
(2) English (...) Bulletin Board --> The Nostalgia Forum --> Preluk - the ’Opatija’ circuit
(3) English preluk.freehosting.netA Virtual Lap: photos and video taken in 2004 by by Sanjin Haler and Tomislav Petricevic
(4) English GEL Motorsport - Tracks Around The World
(5) English

(*) NOTE: a complete and detailed view of the circuit can be found (if available) on Street View by Google Maps and/or Bird's Eye and 3D views by Bing Maps for Enterprise (former Microsoft Virtual Earth): both can be reached using their own link in Aerial photo / Map cell.

(**) For on-line not-English speaking sources, click on each small flag and you open the corresponding Google Translator page with automatic translation.

Preluk / Circuito del Quarnaro
Description Today (2012) the circuit is still used as special stage of some Croatian Rallies (with some chicanes added) and for historical parades
Years 1939÷1977
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit YES
Type Road course
Inauguration 1939
Closing 1977
Last update of this page December 3rd 2008
Info last update  
Distinctive points  
length 6000  m 19685  ft 3.728  mi   (4)
length 6000  m 19685  ft 3.728  mi    
length 5443  m 17859  ft 3.382  mi Calculated from aerial photo (*) (5)
Difference in level 81  m 266  ft      (4)
Max. gradient (uphill) 5.3  % 3  °        (4)
Max. gradient (downhill) 3.6  % 2.1  °        (4)

Preluk / Circuito del Quarnaro

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Date Track layout Years Description by Map by Thanks to Note
September 2nd 2012   1939÷1977 Guido de Carli   Andrea Bevilacqua Update Description
January 8th 2009   1939÷1977 Guido de Carli Guido de Carli   Update Description with map
January 26th 2007   1939÷1977 Guido de Carli     Update Description
September 7th 2004   1939÷1977 Guido de Carli     Update Photos (link)
May 30th 2004   1939÷1977 Guido de Carli     Update Photos (link)
July 6th 2003   1939÷1977 Guido de Carli     New Description
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