Rally Turkey ... Discuss it here!!


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From RallyLive:


The 555 Subaru World Rally Team will be entering regular drivers Tommi Mäkinen and Petter Solberg in the Rally of Turkey. Both will be eligible to score Manufacturer's points for the team.

Both newcomers to the Turkish event, Tommi and Petter will be drawing on their knowledge of similar rallies, including Greece and Cyprus. The experience and talent of the two Subaru stars, twinned with the Impreza's impressive reputation on rough gravel surfaces, promises an encouraging debut for the 555 Subaru World Rally Team on this brand new event.

Petter Solberg said : « I am feeling very comfortable with the new car - Sweden was much better once I changed my tyre choice and I was happy with the performance. You can see that the car is strong from the good job that Tommi did, and I set the fastest time on the final stage. We're going to use a set-up very close to the one we used in GB, with just a few changes. I'm in the same position as everybody else with this event - I don't really know what to expect as we haven't been able to test there. That said, I think we have everything under control. A new event is just part of the game and I am looking forward to it. »

Tommi Mäkinen added : « I feel so very good with the new car, we are smiling a lot at the moment! The result in Sweden was very good for us and we are feeling confident. I have no idea at all of what to expect with the conditions and the stages in Turkey, I have never been there - even on holiday! However, I've been testing in Spain this week and did some work on the set-up of the car for Turkey. We had one terrible day of weather and another of very good weather and the car performed well in both so based on that, I'm not too worried about the type of conditions that we will find in Turkey. We are certainly ready for the next event. »

555 Subaru World Rally Team Principal, David Lapworth said : « It's always challenging going to a new event - and as Turkey remains an almost complete unknown for us, it promises to be an interesting rally. From the weather reports that we've received so far, it seems that there's a very high chance of rain in Turkey over the next few days, perhaps even more than in Wales in November, so we're preparing accordingly. We sent our Operations Director, Paul Howarth, to the event last year and have also been familiarising ourselves by watching video footage of the stages. We're not trying anything new on the car - it's a brand new event, so we're going with a proven set-up, which we know well. There will be so much other information to process that we want to be as focused as possible.

"The actual stages included in the event are fairly twisty, similar to Cyprus, but a little less extreme. The unpredictable and changing weather conditions could make the event really tricky like Monte Carlo, which should suit Tommi's driving style. The Impreza is well suited to gravel events, and the Pirelli tyres have traditionally thrived in cold and slippery conditions.

"It's a popular misconception that new events such as Turkey put all the drivers, both new and old, on a level playing field because in practise, you often find that it's the more experienced drivers that are able to adjust more quickly to the changing conditions. Similarly, while people think that new events benefit new teams, it's the more established teams that can utilise their experience of competing in different conditions in countries such as Indonesia. It's great to have a new challenge in the Championship, but as it's new it's very difficult to predict the outcome. It should be a fascinating event, I'm really looking forward to it.


go tommi and petter!!!

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Leaderboard at end of leg one (after after SS6)

1. Rovanpera (FIN) Peugeot 1h14m50.5
2. Sainz (E) Citroen +20.7
3. Duval (B) Ford +29.5
4. Makinen (FIN) Subaru +31.4
5. Panizzi (F) Peugeot +37.9
6. Burns (GB) Peugeot +56.5
7. C.McRae (GB) Citroen +1m03.3
8. Schwarz (D) Hyundai +1m07.1
9. Loix (B) Hyundai +1m13.6
10.Gardemeister (FIN) Skoda +1m20.9