Turkey : Red Bull Skoda Team - Preview
After a disappointing double retirement a few kilometres from the start of the Cyprus Rally, the Red Bull Skoda team will want to make amends in Turkey.
Team bosses Raimund Baumschlager and Armin Schwarz expect straight answers
from the additional test session in Turkey on Monday: “We'll fly in an engine specialist from Liechtenstein just for that. He is to provide clarification on how the two for us still mysterious incidents did come about in Cyprus. We'll then process the results in time on location. After all we want to have another trouble-free rally with both Fabia WRCs in Turkey, just like we have managed so often throughout the season so far.”
For Harri Rovanpera it should be a successful rally to the finish this time: “I presume that the team will get a grip on the Cyprus problems. Of course we only had limited time for preparation, so we all have to work hard. Myself, I'm entirely motivated and I hope to finally bring in drivers' and manufacturers' points this time with a good result in Turkey without any particular problems.”
Andreas Aigner left the isle of Cyprus bitterly disappointed a fortnight ago.
He would have loved to celebrate his 22nd birthday in Lemesos on the final day by finishing the rally in the points: “So it hurt me quite a bit when we ran just a single stage. That's why my intention for Turkey, my ninth WRC event in a Fabia WRC, will be to finish with the same target objectives as in Cyprus. We'll just have to drink to my birthday a little bit late.”
The 7th Rally of Turkey will get under way on Thursday, October 12th, with the shakedown on a five kilometre long stage, ten kilometres south of Kemer. The ceremonial start takes place the same day, beginning at 7.45 p.m. on Cumhuriyet Square in Antalya.
The rally proper starts on Friday, October 13th, at 7 p.m. in Kemer, with the rally finish after 19 special stages expected on Sunday, October 15th, at 12.10 p.m. The overall distance of the rally amounts to 1,181.71 kilometres. Two special stages will be run as super specials at night on the premises of the Akdeniz University, both on Friday and on Saturday.
Press release Red Bull Skoda Team