WRC Rallyes : TURKEY - SS13 SILYON2: Not in the plan and Top15 Stage classification
WRC Rallyes : TURKEY - SS13 SILYON2: Not in the plan and Top15 Stage classification
When the announcement was made that former World Champion Colin McRae was going to replace an injured Sebastien Loeb for Rally Turkey, the Kronos Total Citroen World Rally Team had high expectations for their replacement driver and hopes that Kronos Citroen would be able to maintain sole possession of the lead in the manufacturers' standings. McRae, who had not driven a Citroen Xsara in a FIA World Rally Championship event since 2003, and co-driver Nicky Grist were optimistic, but cautious when explaining their purpose in Turkey, saying a podium position was not expected, but they would fight for a solid finish regardless.
McRae has been as high as fourth overall this weekend, but tyre problems and tricky weather conditions have seen the living legend drop several positions since midway through the opening leg. McRae completed the fourth stage of the day eighth overall, after giving away position to Subaru World Rally Team's Chris Atkinson on the rally's 13th stage. McRae sits 18.8 seconds ahead of Francois Duval but now sits 10.5 seconds behind Kosti Katajamaki, who holds seventh overall.
Atkinson was the surprise driver on the test, moving from eighth overall to sixth, thanks to sluggish stage times from both McRae and Katajamaki.
BP-Ford's Mikko Hirvonen finished the stage with the quickest time, his first stage victory of Rally Turkey. 0.5 seconds slower than Hirvonen was his team-mate, and the leader of the rally, Marcus Gronholm. 3.9 seconds slower than Hirvonen was Petter Solberg, who finished the stage third fastest. Solberg is now 43.4 seconds off Gronholm's overall rally lead, but a slight change in weather conditions could see a heated battle take place during the afternoon's stages.
Henning Solberg was fourth quickest on the stage, and the OMV-Peugeot Norway World Rally Team driver continued to hold fourth overall. Atkinson, as mentioned above, finished the stage with the fifth quickest time.
Manfred Stohl began a recovery effort after suffering a stall earlier in the day by finishing the stage with the sixth fastest time. Xavier Pons held fifth overall by taking the seventh quickest time on the stage. Pons sits 0.3 seconds ahead of Atkinson in the overall classifications. Pons is not nominated as a point-scoring driver for the manufacturers' championship this weekend, though he remains the quickest Xsara in the competitive field.
Kosti Katajamaki and Francois Duval posted a joint-eighth quickest time on the day's fourth stage.
The Subaru World Rally Team came to Turkey with only one podium finish for the entire season, Petter Solberg's second overall in the Corona Rally Mexico ten rallies ago. Since Mexico, Solberg has suffered a season most professional drivers would choose to forget. But, things seem to be looking up for the Subaru World Rally Team as Solberg has not only maintained position in Turke weiter >>
When asked if he had regained his confidence after a sluggish start to Rally Turkey, Dani Sordo replied: "No, I am just driving my normal pace." Sordo finished the stage fourth quickest, despite his lack of confidence. Many drivers, including Matthew Wilson and Manfred Stohl commented that they were suffering a lack of confidence in a somewhat surprisingly difficult Rally Turkey. weiter >>
The opening stage of the second leg saw slightly drier conditions than those which caused several stage cancellations during the opening leg. Ercan Kazaz, the local favourite, had the responsibility of being the first on the road, but it was Petter Solberg who made the biggest fuss on the day's opening contest.
Solberg claimed the fastest time on the stage, 2.2 seconds qu weiter >>
In an exclusive interview with WRC TV, FIA World Rally Championship leader Sebastien Loeb has talked about the effect breaking his arm has had on his title aspirations and the prospect of becoming champion while at home, watching the rally on TV.
Loeb explained that he would prefer to weiter >>
Sehr schwieriger erster Tag für Red Bull Skoda Team, man ist froh, beide Fabia WRC in Kemer im Etappenziel zu haben
Harri Rovanperä/ Risto Pietiläinen (SF) steigern sich nachdem Anfangsproblem und sind jetzt Gesamt an zwölfter Stelle
Bei Andreas Aigner (A)/ Klaus Wicha (D) ist es umgekehrt, nachsehr starkem Beginn liegen sie nach dem 1. Tag am 13. Platz weiter >>
Friday the 13th didn't prove too much concern for the Stobart VK M-Sport
Ford Rally Team in Rally Turkey as the cars of Kosti Katajamaki and Matthew Wilson came home in 5th and 14th respectively.
Not only is today thought of as an unlucky day for the superstitious but it also the 13th round of the World Rally Championship and things were living up t weiter >>
Despite storms and torrential rain in the run-up to the event and the cancellation of three stages on safety grounds, the opening leg of the Rally of Turkey was one of the closest-run things for a long time.
With the absence of Sebastien Loeb, many thought Marcus Gronholm would run away with the event but that wasn't to be the case. The Finn won three of the day's stages weiter >>
Petter Solberg took his second stage win of the event on the day's longest stage, the 29.28Km Phaselis stage. However, it wasn't enough to let him relax his pace, with four drivers within ten seconds of his time. Solberg was clearly revelling in confidence as his Subaru Impreza was performing better than it has for a long time.
Just over two seconds slower was his brother weiter >>
Katastrophale Wetterbedingungen durch Dauerregen, drei Prüfungen mussten bereits abgesagt werden
Red Bull Skoda Team versucht ohne großes Risiko zu fahren, vordergründig ist es, beide Fabia WRC auf der Strasse zu halten
Andreas Aigner (A)/ Klaus Wicha (D) belegen nach weiter >>
Petter Solberg went fastest on the seventh stage of the event, taking the win and closing the gap to Marcus Gronholm to just over 30secs.
It was a bit of a lottery for drivers in terms of tyre choice, as the first of the two stages in this loop was muddy but the longer was thought to be drier, higher in the mountains.
Solberg had reverted to transmission setting h weiter >>
Stage six saw the demise of FIA Junior World Rally Championship contender P-G Andersson. The Swede hit some concrete by the side of the stage and the wheel was so badly damaged he was forced to stop and change it losing around two minutes as a result.
Andersson's Suzuki team mate Guy Wilks was second fastest through the stage, after Kris Meeke, and while Wilks was happy w weiter >>
Marcus Gronholm took his third fastest stage time of the event so far but as on the previous stage, there's nothing between him and his rivals.
Mikko Hirvonen was again second fastest, 1.3 seconds slower than Gronholm but this wasn't fast enough to put him ahead of Petter Solberg, in second overall. Hirvonen was clearly beginning to enjoy the stages now that they had drie weiter >>
As the stage dried significantly since the crews drove through it as a road section this morning, Marcus Gronholm was again fastest, although this time with a smaller margin. He was just 1.2 seconds faster than team-mate Mikko Hirvonen. Both drivers reported the roads being in much better condition and while there were still muddy parts, the grip was much better. Hirvonen's time weiter >>
The main talking point as the crews returned from the first loop, but only one stage, of the opening leg of Rally of Turkey was the nature of the stages.
Due to the heavy rain, the stages were covered in mud and Kosti Katajamaki described the levels of grip as "hugely inconsistent." He likened it in places to similar levels of grip to ice.
Manfred Stohl said that weiter >>
The first competitive stage of the event, SS3, saw Marcus Gronholm blitz the 9.9Km Kumluca test, setting a blistering time 25secs quicker than the nearest competitor, Petter Solberg. However, despite a time described by other competitors as 'incredible', he was quick to point out how bad the conditions were.
Petter Solberg was second fastest, explaining he didn't have the weiter >>
The weather played an early hand in the first leg of Rally of Turkey, as the organisers have been forced to cancel the first stage. The weather conditions are too bad for the medical helicopter to be able to react to an emergency or land in the vicinity of the stage if required and therefore, the organisers were left with no option but to cancel.
It looks like the weather in Turkey is already one of the major talking points. A storm whipped up the service park last night (Wednesday), destroying two of the teams' hospitality units and severely affecting many others.
The rain persisted throughout Thursday and forecasts are for more rain on Friday and into Saturday. Several drivers are already predicting difficult co weiter >>
As cars for the Rally of Turkey are paired with the Cyprus Rally, few technical changes were expected in Kemer. However, the pairing is limited to just engines and transmission, not to the chassis themselves, even though the engines have to be sealed onto the chassis! It's all very complicated, but not too much so for Kronos Total Citroen. Its number one car, driven by Colin McRa weiter >>
FIA World Rally Championship, round 13/16
Stobart VK M-Sport drivers Matthew Wilson (Britain) and Kosti Katajamaki (Finland) got their first taste of what will be some of the toughest conditions in this year’s World Rally Championship, at the Rally of Turkey shakedown this morning.
The warm autumn sunshine which greeted the crews on the recce earlier in t weiter >>
Shakedown, Rallye Türkei, 12. bis 15. Oktober
Man konnte die Fehlerquelle von Cypern bei beiden Fabia WRC lokalisieren und auch beheben
Dementsprechend positiv war auch der heutige Einsatz
Sowo weiter >>
... there is the prospect of plenty more going on behind the fanfare of Colin McRae's return.
Of course, it will be fantastic to see the former world champion back at the wheel of a world rally car, although it would have been nicer to see it under slightly different circumstances. Sebastien Loeb's broken arm is healing well, according to the F weiter >>
Colin McRae, standing in for Sebastien Loeb in next week's Rally of Turkey, as said that the two-day test in the Kielder forest with the Kronos Total Citroen team went very well.
The former world champion said that he drove around 50Km on the first half-day and around 140Km on the second day. "The car felt good," he said. "It felt surprisingly similar to how I remember it weiter >>
The FIA has accepted the withdrawal by the Kronos Total Citroën World Rally Team of crew No. 1 Sébastien Loeb/Daniel Elena from the Rally of Turkey as force majeure, in accordance with the regulations stated in Article 2.4.1 d) of the FIA World Rally Championship for Manufacturers.
Following written agreement by the members of the World Rally Championship Commission, the weiter >>
Die Rallye Türkei im Überblick Die Rallye Türkei aus Sicht von BFGoodrich Das erwarten die Partnerteams von BFGoodrich So verlief die Rallye Türkei 2005 Statistisches WM-Zwischenstand
Es schlägt es 13: Nach zwölf Siegen bei ebe weiter >>
Red Bull Skoda Team möchte in der Türkei die Scharte von Cypern unbedingt ausmerzen
Ein zusätzlicher Funktionstest am Montag soll helfen, die Ursachen des frühen Doppelausfalles zu klären
Harri Rovanperä/ Risto Pietiläinen (SF) hoffen diesmal mit dem Fabia WRC Fahrer und Marken WM-Punkte zu holen
Andreas Aigner (A) mit Co. Klaus Wicha (D) will sich weiter >>
Fiat has confirmed that Giandomenico Basso, the new FIA European Rally Champion, will be entered on the forthcoming Rally Turkey (13/15 October). This is the first time a car built to the Super 2000 regulations will be seen on the FIA World Rally Championship.
This will be almost six months after the Punto S2000 was homologated and made its (successful) debut at the Mille weiter >>
Former Citroen driver Francois Duval is optimistic that he will compete on the Rally of Turkey and Wales Rally GB, the two final European rounds of the 2006 FIA World Rally Championship, at the wheel of the First Motorsport's Fabia WRC.
Following a meeting after Duval's retirement in Germany, First Mot weiter >>
Citroen's Sebastien Loeb sealed a record-equalling fourth successive rally win with the third best time on the final stage of the Rally of Turkey. Peugeot's Marcus Gronholm was fastest on the stage but that wasn't enough for the double world champion Finn to demote Subaru's Petter Solberg from secon weiter >>
Subaru's Petter Solberg took first blood in the final day battle for second place on the Rally of Turkey, winning the penultimate stage and leaving Peugeot's Marcus Gronholm a mountain to climb on the final stage - the longest of the rally. The Finn will have to find 17.7 seconds over 33 kilome weiter >>
Reigning world champion Sebastien Loeb is just two stages away from a record-matching fourth straight win in a row, as he looks to nurse a dominant 1m16s lead through tomorrow's final leg of the Rally of Turkey. The Frenchman has proved the class of the field once again on the event, winning 10 of the 16 sta weiter >>
Returning double world champion Carlos Sainz is in typically relaxed and thoughtful mood as his one-off comeback rally for Citroen draws to a close. The Spanish ace has placed his Xsara just where team boss Guy Frequelin wanted it - well into the points zone and poised to take more on the slightest slip from those ahead.
Sainz was fifth overnight and moved up to fourth pl weiter >>
Petter Solberg moved up to second place overall on the Rally of Turkey with a win on the crews' second run through the 29.58km Silyon stage. The Subaru team leader has been hunting Peugeot's main man Marcus Gronholm all day and he's now in front by 4.5 seconds. Rally leader Sebastien Loeb is st weiter >>
Subaru's Petter Solberg continued his campaign to relieve Marcus Gronholm of second place on the Rally of Turkey with his second stage win of the event. Gronholm was second fastest in the Peugeot but his advantage over Solberg is now less than half the size it was before the stage started.
Solberg led the runners through the 20.35km Kemer stage for the second time with a weiter >>
Citroen's Sebastien Loeb reminded his rivals exactly why he's leading the Rally of Turkey with another stage win, his eighth on only the 10th stage of the Mediterranean event. The fired-up Petter Solberg ran him close on this one in the lead Subaru to edge closer to Marcus Gronholm's Peugeot in second place overall.
Loeb zapped through the 29.58km Silyon 1 stage just 0.8s weiter >>
Subaru's Petter Solberg launched an attack on the first stage of day two of the Rally of Turkey to set the fastest time and move up into third place overall. That was because day one hero Gigi Galli had a disastrous stage, mechanical problems hobbling the Mitsubishi and dumping the depressed Italian out of the points zone.
Solberg was 5.8s quicker than Peugeot's Markko Ma weiter >>
Sebastien Loeb ended the first leg of the Rally of Turkey as he'd started it, with yet another stage win. The reigning world champion and Citroen team leader beat Peugeot's Markko Martin and Ford's Toni Gardemeister to the top time on the short, spectator-friendly 2.6km Antalya University superspecial stage, his seventh stage win of the day.
Martin was just 1.1 seconds sl weiter >>
Marcus Gronholm was the man on the move on the penultimate stage of the Rally of Turkey's opening leg. The Peugeot star was second fastest on the stage to move up into third place overall and move within four seconds of second-placed Gigi Galli. The stage win went to that man Sebastien Loeb though as he continued his wining ways.
Loeb was 7.5s quicker than Gronholm throug weiter >>
Citroen's reigning world champion, Sebastien Loeb, kept up his near-perfect record on the Rally of Turkey with a fifth win in six stages to open his overall lead out to 38.4s. Gigi Galli stuck in another impressive run to be second quickest and consolidate his hold on second place overall as Mitsubishi kept up its excellent Turkish form.
Loeb was 9.4 seconds quicker than weiter >>
Sebastien Loeb took his fourth stage win from the five held so far on this weekend's Rally of Turkey as the crews took a second crack at the 11.95km Arykanda stage. The Frenchman has re-established his lead and extended it to almost half a minute over the Mitsubishi of Italian Gigi Galli. Carlos Sainz made it a Citroen one-two on the stage.
Loeb completed the test 4.4 sec weiter >>
After the surprises of the previous stage it was business as usual again on the first of today's two runs through the 24.05km Myra test, with a comfortable win for Citroen's Sebastien Loeb which regained the overall lead of the Rally of Turkey for the reigning champion. The Frenchman topped the times from Marcus Gronholm and Carlos Sainz
Loeb was 13 seconds quicker than P weiter >>
Mitsubishi's Gigi Galli sprang a major surprise on the third stage of the Rally of Turkey to take not only a dazzling stage win, but also reigning champion Sebastien Loeb's apparently comfortable overall lead. The Frenchman also lost ground to Subaru's Petter Solberg and Citroen team-mate Carlos Sainz, but retained his second place.
Galli topped the times on the first of weiter >>
Reigning world champion Sebastien Loeb made it two stage wins out of two for Citroen on the first morning of the Rally of Turkey to open his overall lead out to 17.3 seconds and put all his rivals firmly on the back foot. Second fastest again was Mitsubishi's Italian star Gigi Galli, who consolidated his hold on second place overall.
Loeb beat Galli through the 11.95km Ar weiter >>
Reigning world champion Sebastien Loeb blitzed the first stage of this weekend's Rally of Turkey to open an immediate and comfortable lead over Mitsubishi's Gigi Galli as a clutch of the World Rally Championship's leading drivers dumped over half a minute to the flying Citroen ace on the wet and muddy first run through the 28.98km Phaselis stage.
On the first competitive weiter >>
Le retour de Carlos pour remplacer Duval en Turquie...
Suite aux excellents résultats enregistrés par Sébastien LOEB et Daniel ELENA à bord de la Xsara WRC en ce début de saison, 4 victoires sur 6 rallyes, Citroën veut se donner le temps pour redéfinir sa stratégie au niveau du champi weiter >>