Makinen stunned by drop to eighth

From Subaru Press [ 01/03/2003 ].
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After completing what was a difficult day of driving for all the WRC crews, 555 Subaru World Rally Team driver Tommi Mäkinen holds overnight eighth place. Despite suffering damage after hitting rocks in SS8 and SS10, the four times World Champion still posted two top-three times. His Subaru Impreza WRC2003 proved strong in the face of the adverse conditions and Tommi ended the day in a potential point-scoring position. However, it's all so disappointing for the Finn, who had moved menacingly up to third position overhauling Ford's Francois Duval after the second of the day's stages.

David Lapworth, 555 Subaru World Rally Team Principal

It seems to have turned into an event that will be decided by who's lucky with their accidents. Almost every crew has a story to tell and every car carries battle scars. Despite staying on the road today Tommi has encountered a couple of rocks which have cost him dearly. The weather forecast for tomorrow isn't good. If rain falls as predicted then stages will be treacherous and there will be a lot more stories to tell.

Tommi Mäkinen

Doing that last stage with no power steering was very hard indeed. Generally, the stages are alright with rocks here and there, but sometimes the conditions are very, very bad. Unfortunately, two little things have destroyed my chances for a win here in Turkey. The first incident (SS8) was not so bad, maybe we lost 30 seconds, but the last one was far more serious. Looking ahead the forecast is for rain and that's what I'm hoping for.

Tomorrow's Leg

Starts at 0700hrs, when the remaining competitors will leave Kemer parc ferme for the first service of the day. The shortest leg of the event, a final 84.01 competitive kilometres comprising five stages lie ahead, with the first test, the short Simena route, starting at 0801hrs. The event will conclude with another run through the 20.30km Kemer test, and the winning car is expected to cross the finish ramp in Kemer at 1523 hours.