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Everything is new as the FIA World Rally Championship contenders head to round 10 of the series and Rally Turkey Marmaris (13-16 September). While the country is no newcomer and was included in the WRC calendar six times between 2003 and 2010, their event was previously based in Kemer, close to Antalya, and then latterly further north near Istanbul. Now, the returning event has moved to the Mediterranean port city and holiday resort of Marmaris promising a totally fresh and very open challenge for the crews heading to this gravel rally.

With no previous experience of the roads in the southwest of the country, drivers and co-drivers will have to make pace notes from a blank sheet of paper, and get up to speed quickly due to a lack of prior knowledge about car set-up, tyre wear and performance. Hot, late summer temperatures will also be a factor with the thermometer likely to hit 30 degrees.

With nine of the 13 rounds completed, the Championship remains hotly contested. Thierry Neuville continues to top the standings with a 23-point advantage over Sébastien Ogier, but with consecutive victories on the last two events, Ott Tänak has brought himself into play. He is 13 points adrift of Ogier and continues to target event wins. The two main title contenders in the FIA WRC 2 Championship come head to head in Turkey; Jan Kopecký holds a slim seven point lead over Škoda team-mate Pontus Tidemand, the pair having won seven of the nine rounds contested so far this season. The FIA Junior WRC Championship also comes to a thrilling climax on its fifth and final round and no fewer than nine crews have a mathematical chance of the title. With double points on offer for the first time, coupled with points for individual stage wins, there are 67 points left to claim as the contenders battle for one of the biggest prizes in world rallying; ownership of a brand new Ford Fiesta R5 and free registration into next season’s WRC 2 Championship. All these crews are automatically entered in the similar two-wheel drive FIA WRC 3 Championship, with Louise Cook also joining the fray.

Three stages will be broadcast live on television: SS12 on Saturday and both passes of Marmaris on Sunday, the second run counting as the all-important Power Stage. All stages will however be broadcast live on WRC All Live on the WRC+ platform.

THE 2018 ROUTE

Rally Turkey is one of the most compact on the calendar with 35% of its route competitive. Its return to the FIA World Rally Championship for the first time in eight years kicks off with a short stage through the streets of downtown Marmaris on Thursday evening before the gravel action gets underway on Friday. Heading northeast towards Muğla, the day takes in two identical loops of three stages including the longest of the event. Saturday, to the west, takes on a similar format and packs in 130 kilometres of competition in a total distance of just 306 kilometres. Sunday is short with four stages, culminating with the Marmaris Power Stage that ends in the Asparan Service Park.

RALLY DATA

Total distance: 875.34 km
Stage distance: 312.44 km (35.69%)
Number of stages: 17

RALLY TURKEY TIMETABLE AND MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES ORGANISED BY THE FIA

Wednesday 12 September
Mandatory media safety briefing, Photographers’ room: 17:00 hrs

Thursday 13 September
Shakedown (P1 drivers): 
09:30 – 13:00 hrs
Shakedown (P2 and P3 drivers): 11:00 – 13:00 hrs
Shakedown (non Priority drivers): 13:00 – 15:00 hrs
‘Meet the Crews’, Service Park: 13:00 hrs
FIA Press Conference, Press Room: 13:30 hrs
Pre-event promotional activities: 18:30 hrs
Super Special Stage ‘Turkey Full Speed’: 20:08 hrs

Friday 14 September
First car arrives for regroup, service and Media Zone: 11:59 hrs
First car arrives for final service and Media Zone: 17:38 hrs
‘Meet the Crews’, Service Park: 
During the 45′ service

Saturday 15 September
First car arrives for regroup, service and Media Zone: 11:51 hrs
First car arrives for final service and Media Zone: 16:51 hrs 
‘Meet the Crews’, Service Park:

Sunday 16 September
Prize-Giving and podium ceremony, Service Park: During the 45′ service – 14:15 hrs
FIA Press , Press Room: 
15:00 hrs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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11 September 2018

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