Leg3, Turini Night coming

Leg3, Turini Night comingFrom Chris Biewer [ 23/01/2009 ].
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The last day is running and started with a bang. Well, 3 bangs in the top10 to be exact! Now the night action starts. The Turini Night is by all regarded as the key to success on the Rallye Monte Carlo. Though WRC restrictions meant this is the first Turini Night since over 10 years!

First of all we have to appologise this report coming late, due to some down time of our web site. Sorry!


The 320km Montauban stage this morning on transit gave us so much action and drama that would normally fill a whole day. Ogier posted his first stage win of the rally, and in a 100% snow covered stage Gardemeister was 2nd quickest and moving into 2nd place overall. Yes, from 5th, in 1 stage!!!! Basically most drivers kept their positions through driving, but where promoted by the demise of 3 top10 drivers. The big news was when former rally leader Juho Hänninen, trying to make up time, crashed out of the rally on the first corner of the stage! Kris Meeke followed soon after with a hefty roll when he got unsettled on a high speed section. Freddy Loix had to slow for Meeke, plus collected a puncture. At least Loix could carry on, but 3 of the top4 drivers in trouble and suddenly we have the predicted French vs Italian, Peugeot vs Fiat showdown for the Turini Night!


SS11 & 13 Col de Turini:


Called Col de Baus – La Bollène Vesubie, but this is the proper Col de Turini stage. A mud slide in the 3 weeks heavy snow leading the event means the start is actually relocated and the stage is longer. The start Col de Baus is on the northern facing side of the mountain, bound to keep snow, while the mid stage climb is a southern facing side and bound to melt during the sunny day. Then again the stage is more classic Cols. Although crossing 3 Cols altogether, the stage starts low, goes up to 1600metres and ends in a steep descent. So all over the stage we may have all sorts of conditions.The Col de Turini itself makes 19 of this stage's 34km.


An extraordinarity of this stage is that it goes right along the French-Italian border and on the Col de Turni traditionally Italian fans are on the right side of the track, French fans on the left side. With Hänninen’s troubles in the Skoda, we now have a French and an Italian car fighting for the win. Imagine the snow ball fights between the fans! The next stage is running back parallel to this Col de Turini stage on the French side


SS12 & 14 Lantosque – Loda – Luceram


Similar in layout, climbing to 1600metres and back down again towards Luceram, near the start of Col de Baus. This is the final stage and similarly cliffhangers and tunnels.