Preview IRC round2 - Turkey

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The Challenge: The Rally of Turkey is a completely fresh event for this year, combining brand new stages with the vibrant history of an ancient civilisation. The gravel roads contain a wide variety of speeds and corners, making it the perfect opportunity for every competitor to make their mark against strong opposition. The rally starts on Friday evening with a start ceremony in the historic centre of Istanbul – which the cars will reach by ferry across the Bosphorus – followed by a newly-built spectator superspecial stage close to the central service park near the modern city centre.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The real action gets underway on Saturday morning, as crews start the first of the hot gravel stages before returning to Istanbul for a lavish finish ceremony on Sunday afternoon. In order to succeed, the cars need to have good traction on loose surfaces, and a high level of reliability to take the punishment of constant heat and dust. Turkey is new for everybody, so nobody starts with an advantage in terms of experience. The competition is sure to be as hot as the stages, as the IRC heads east for the gateway to Asia… 

The Competitors:

Citroen has recently signed up for the IRC, and will field a single C2 Super 1600 for Martinique-based driver Simon Jean-Joseph in Turkey. Other newcomers to the championship include Italian team Top Run, which will be entering a Group N Mitsubishi Lancer for former European Champion Renato Travaglia on every IRC round this year. Abarth – the winners of the opening event of the series in Africa last month – is back with two Grande Puntos for Andrea Navarra and 23 year-old Anton Alen, the son of Finnish rally legend Markku Alen. Peugeot Spain will also make its debut on the series with two examples of the 207 Super 2000, for Frenchman Nicolas Vouilloz and up-and-coming Spaniard Enrique Ojeda. For the full entry list, please visit www.rally-irc.com

Citroen has recently signed up for the IRC, and will field a single C2 Super 1600 for Martinique-based driver Simon Jean-Joseph in Turkey. Other newcomers to the championship include Italian team Top Run, which will be entering a Group N Mitsubishi Lancer for former European Champion Renato Travaglia on every IRC round this year. Abarth – the winners of the opening event of the series in Africa last month – is back with two Grande Puntos for Andrea Navarra and 23 year-old Anton Alen, the son of Finnish rally legend Markku Alen. Peugeot Spain will also make its debut on the series with two examples of the 207 Super 2000, for Frenchman Nicolas Vouilloz and up-and-coming Spaniard Enrique Ojeda. For the full entry list, please visit www.rally-irc.com

The Expectations:

"Turkey should be a fascinating encounter, as the route is brand new for everyone and for the first time we have the majority of the IRC competitors out together. It’s almost impossible to predict a winner, but as usual the key to success will be finding the right compromise between speed and safety."

Jean-Pierre Nicolas, IRC motorsport development manager

"I'm looking forward to competing on gravel again: I really enjoy the loose surface. The event itself is totally new and seems to be pretty open. We have heard that the stages are reasonably fast, and that suits me fine. We are fully aware that we will have our work cut out against all the four-wheel drive runners but my objective will be to show how quick the C2 is on the loose and to score as many points as possible. It's an exciting challenge and I can't wait to get started."

Simon Jean-Joseph, Citroen factory driver

The TV Times:

A key feature of the IRC is high-quality and innovative television broadcasts. Coverage of the rally on Eurosport – Europe’s largest television channel – will be at the times listed below. In addition, viewers will also be able to watch the programmes at any time they choose over the internet using Eurosport’s live streaming service. Simply click on www.rally-irc.com for a direct link to the heart of the rally action in Turkey.

key feature of the IRC is high-quality and innovative television broadcasts. Coverage of the rally on Eurosport – Europe’s largest television channel – will be at the times listed below. In addition, viewers will also be able to watch the programmes at any time they choose over the internet using Eurosport’s live streaming service. Simply click on www.rally-irc.com for a direct link to the heart of the rally action in Turkey.

LIVE SHOWS:

Saturday 12 May

13.00 - 13.15 (Eurosport 2) LIVE

17.30 - 17.45 (Eurosport)

19.30 - 19.45 (Eurosport 2)

Sunday 13 May

10.45 - 11.15 (Eurosport) LIVE

14.15 - 14.30 (Eurosport 2) LIVE

19.45 - 20.00 (Eurosport)

23.00 - 23.15 (Eurosport 2)

RALLY HIGHLIGHTS:

Tuesday 15 May

22.30 - 23.00 (Eurosport)

Wednesday 16 May

18.00 - 18.30 (Eurosport 2)

Thursday 17 May

23.15 - 23.45 (Eurosport 2) 

 

Rallye-Info's own add-on:

The itinerary of the Rally Turkey is an interesting one too. The Rally starts with a superspecial on Friday 11th May at 18:00. But in difference to some other series the action carries on with real stages as early as the next day! 

Saturday 12th May starts with a short but demanding 5km stage at 8:00, followed by 2 stages around 20km to complete the first loop. The second loop consists of 3 stages too, but only two of them are a repeat with the third stage of the loop being a new 15km stage. The day will settle with a repeat of the Fiat Superspecial at 17:15.

Sunday 13th May gets underway at around 9:00 local time with the event finishing at 15:00. The Sunday consists of two loops of 4 stages each. All Sunday stages are proper stages. Both loops start with a 21km stage, longest of the day, and settle with a special 13km stage, named "Grande Punto" as a hint of the event sponsor. 8 stages on the day and no superspecial stage also means, in difference to other action we have seen so far this year, that the IRC action is bound to stay alife until the very last stage.