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Turkey - 13-16 Sep 18

Posted: July 28, 2018 4:08 PM - 656 Hits

Round 10 - 2018 World Rally Championship

RALLY TURKEY OFFICIALS ANNOUNCE CHALLENGING ROUTE FOR WRC RETURN

Posted: July 28, 2018 4:08 PM

Rally Turkey organisers have now released the itinerary for the 10th round of the 2018 FIA World Rally Championship, which takes place on September 13-16.

Officials at the Turkish Automobile Sports Federation (TOSFED) have laid on a competitive route of 317.28 kilometres in a compact total of 896.08 kilometres through the Marmaris and Mu?la regions that hosted an official FIA candidate rally last October.

The event’s Service Park will be located at Asparan, a mere 6.69km from De?irmenyani, which will host the five-kilometre Shakedown stage on Thursday, September 13.

The start ceremony is sure to attract thousands of rally fans, holidaymakers and enthusiasts to the historic location of Marmaris Meydan from 19.30hrs on Thursday evening. This precedes the opening Marmaris super special stage of 2.45km, starting close to the podium at 20.08hrs.

The longest stage of the entire event is also the first of the gravel stages on Friday morning that is also repeated in the afternoon. The Çetibeli special runs for 38.10km from 07.58hrs and is sure to provided its fair share of early surprises before the action continues with the first of two runs through the Ula (21.90km) and Çiçekil (12.55km) stages that are also repeated in the afternoon. Crews will tackle 145.10km of competition on the opening day.

Action resumes on Saturday morning (September 15) with the first of two runs through another three gravel stages, starting with the 36.00km of Ye?ilbelde at 08.35hrs. Runs through Datça (10.70km) and Içmeler (20.40km) follow at 10.08hrs and 11.11hrs respectively, and the three timed tests are repeated at 13.25hrs, 15.08hrs and 16.11hrs after a return to Asparan for the midday service and regroup.

There will be four special stages on the final morning (Sunday, September 16) starting with the first of two passes through the Marmaris special of 7.12km at 10.08hrs that finishes at the Service Park and will give teams a chance to make their final preparations for the second run that will act as the event’s final Power Stage (13.18hrs).

Before the points-scoring finale on the Power Stage, teams will tackle one pass through the Ovacik (8.04km) special from 10.46hrs and the Gökçe stage of 13.25km, starting at 11.24hrs.

Rally Turkey’s Clerk of the Course and ASN Sporting Director Murat Kaya said: “This year we are celebrating the return of Turkey to the WRC calendar following our last WRC rally, held close to Istanbul in 2010.

“With Rally Turkey now taking place in Marmaris and its surrounding area, the rally will offer superb stages and an insight into the fascinating history and culture of this ancient land and its breathtaking views. We have been working hard to offer a rally experience that sets new standards for the whole WRC with a compact route and efficient organisation of stages.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Governorships of Mu?la and its districts together with the Mayors of Mu?la and Marmaris Municipalities for their full support throughout our preparations for Rally Turkey.”

The event first joined the prestigious WRC calendar in 2003 and was last held in 2010.

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Posted: July 28, 2018 4:07 PM

Turkey endorsed for 2018 WRC after successful pilot event

Posted: November 2, 2017 10:56 AM

Turkey was today (Wednesday) confirmed in next season’s FIA World Rally Championship calendar by the sport’s governing body.

The FIA’s WRC Commission rubber-stamped the country’s return after a seven-year absence following a successful dress rehearsal on Turkey’s Turquoise Coast last weekend.

M-Sport World Rally Team and Toyota Gazoo Racing sent representatives to the picturesque south-west holiday resort of Marmaris to observe the three-day dirt road rally, which was provisionally listed in the calendar a month ago.

They were joined by WRC Promoter management, WRC rally director Jarmo Mahonen and FIA safety delegate Michèle Mouton. All were impressed by the high standards of organisation, the quality of the special stages and the service park facilities.

“We wanted to observe a rally that is fit to take its place at the WRC’s top table,” said WRC Promoter managing director Oliver Ciesla. “The organising team at TOSFED delivered that and my congratulations go to them for securing a deserved place in the 2018 calendar.

“Next year’s fixture will be one of the most compact in the sport’s history. The special stages hug the coast with amazing backdrops overlooking the sea and WRC fans can look forward to stunning TV images.”

Large crowds watched the rally, which was won by Orhan Avcio?lu in a Skoda Fabia R5. Avcio?lu will compete in the WRC 2 support category at Dayinsure Wales Rally GB, this week’s penultimate round of the season.

Turkey’s Minister of Youth and Sports, Osman A?kin Bak, attended Friday evening’s start ceremony in Marmaris and TOSFED president Serkan Yazici said it showed the importance attached to Turkey’s WRC return.

“We’ve worked incredibly hard to bring the WRC back to Turkey,” he said. “The Government has pledged its support and last weekend’s successful rally was the final piece of the jigsaw which confirmed our country’s return to the FIA World Rally Championship,” he said.

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