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The FIA World Rally Championship contenders will tackle the rocky gravel roads of Rally Turkey on September 12-15 for round 11 of the 2019 season.

Turkey returned to the WRC in 2018 for the first time since 2010 with a new look event based around Marmaris, on the country’s southwestern coast. With an extremely rough surface and hot temperatures, the Mediterranean round is known as a dramatic rally of attrition, which places high demands on the cars and tyres, and rewards those who manage to avoid problems.

Ott Tänak claimed victory last year, taking his third win in a row to gain ground in the championship fight. This year, after his recent triumphs in Finland and Germany, the Toyota driver will try to repeat the same hat trick and, this time around, extend his championship lead that currently stands at 33 points over Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville. Citroën’s Sébastien Ogier is a further seven points behind and will look to bounce back after a difficult event in Germany. In the race for the manufacturers’ title, Toyota is just eight points behind Hyundai after sweeping the podium on the last round.

Pontus Tidemand returns to WRC action for M-Sport for the first time since Rally Sweden, alongside Teemu Suninen, as Elfyn Evans is set to return to competition on home soil in Wales in October.

After two rounds replacing his injured team-mate in the top category, Gus Greensmith moves back to his regular drive for M-Sport in FIA WRC 2 Pro, where he will battle it out with the Škoda duo of Kalle Rovanperä and Jan Kopecký. The FIA WRC 2 entry is led by Kajetan Kajetanowicz, Fabio Andolfi and Henning Solberg, who brought his Škoda Fabia R5 to an impressive sixth overall in Turkey last year.

THE 2019 ROUTE

A super special stage in the resort town of Marmaris kicks off the rally on Thursday evening before the crews face the longest day of the event on Friday, with around 160 kilometers of competitive action across two loops of three stages. Saturday features another three stages run twice, with the new Kizlan test, which promises stunning scenery along the coastline. A final four stages complete the rally on Sunday, including the incredibly twisty “Çiçekli”, which was run last year on Friday in the opposite direction.

RALLY DATA

 

Total distance 986.28 km
Stage distance: 309.86 km (31.42%)
Number of stages: 17

MEDIA ACCREDITATION

The Accreditation Desk is located in the Media Center in the Asparan Service Park, Marmaris (GPS coordinates: N36° 49.111’ E28° 11.535’).

The opening hours are: 

Tue. 10 September 14:00 – 20:00 hrs
Wed. 11 September 08:00 – 20:00 hrs
Thu. 12 September 08:00 – 20:00 hrs
Fri. 13 September 08:00 – 14:00 hrs

2019 RALLY TURKEY TIMETABLE & MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES ORGANISED BY THE FIA

 

Wednesday 11 September  
Mandatory media safety briefing, Photographers’ Room, Media Center 17:00 hrs
   
Thursday 12 September  
Mandatory shakedown for P1 & P2P, Değirmenyani 10:00 – 11:30 hrs
Shakedown for all Priority drivers (P1, P2P, P2), Değirmenyani 11:30 – 13:30 hrs
Shakedown (others), Değirmenyani 13:30 – 15:30 hrs
‘Meet the Crews’ Top 3 Shakedown, WRC stage, Asparan Service Park 14:00 hrs
FIA Press Conference, Press Room, Media Center, Asparan SP 14:30 hrs
Start of the rally (section 1), Asparan SP 17:30 hrs
Rally opening ceremony, Asparan SP 18:00 – 18:30 hrs
Autograph signing session for P1 crews, Marmaris Marina 18:30 – 18:50 hrs
Autograph signing session for P2P & P2 crews, Marmaris Marina 18:50 – 19:20 hrs
Family photo P1 crews, Marmaris Castle 19:00 hrs
Parade with P1 crews on Marmaris’s super special stage 19:30 hrs
   
Friday 13 September  
Start of Section 2, Asparan SP 07:30 hrs
First car arrives for regroup, media zone & service, Asparan SP 12:49 hrs
First car arrives for regroup, media zone & final service, Asparan SP 18:58 hrs
‘Meet the Crews’ post-Leg 1, WRC stage, Asparan SP During the 45’ service
   
Saturday 14 September  
Start of Section 4, Asparan SP 07:57 hrs
First car arrives for regroup, media zone & service, Asparan SP 12:17 hrs
First car arrives for media zone, regroup & final service, Asparan SP 17:17 hrs
‘Meet the Crews’ post-Leg 2, WRC stage, Asparan SP During the 45’ service
   
Sunday 15 September  
Start of Section 6, Asparan SP 08:55 hrs
Regroup after SS16 Çiçekli 12:30 hrs
Rally finish, Asparan SP 13:38 hrs
Podium Ceremony & Price Giving, Asparan SP approx. 14:15 hrs
FIA Press Conference, Press Room, Media Center, Asparan SP 15:50 hrs


FIA PRESS CONFERENCE ATTENDANCE

 

Thursday 12 September  FIA WRC 
  Ott Tänak (EST), Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT
  Esapekka Lappi (FIN), Citroën Total WRT
  Dani Sordo (ESP), Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT
  Pontus Tidemand (SWE), M-Sport Ford WRT
  FIA WRC 2 PRO 
  Jan Kopecký (CZE), Škoda Motorsport
  Gus Greensmith (GBR), M-Sport Ford
  FIA WRC 2
  Burak Cukurova (TUR)
  Henning Solberg (NOR)
   
Sunday 15 September Winning FIA WRC 2 Pro Championship crew
  Winning FIA WRC 2 Championship crew
  Top three crews in the overall classification
  Representative of the winning manufacturer


2019 RALLY TURKEY, MANUFACTURER ENTRIES

Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT Thierry Neuville / Nicolas Gilsoul (#11)
  Andreas Mikkelsen / Anders Jaeger-Amland (#89)
  Dani Sordo / Carlos Del Barrio (#6)
   
Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Ott Tänak / Martin Järveoja (#8)
  Kris Meeke / Sebastian Marshall (#5)
  Jari-Matti Latvala / Miikka Anttila (#10)
   
Citroën Total WRT Sébastien Ogier / Julien Ingrassia (#1)
  Esapekka Lappi / Janne Ferm (#4)
   
M-Sport Ford WRT Teemu Suninen / Jarmo Lehtinen (#3)
  Pontus Tidemand / Ola Fløene (#7)

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