Date: Friday, September 14th
Day: 1 Flash N°: 5
Special stage: Çetibeli 2
Distance: 38.10 km
Weather: Hot and sunny with a breeze – 33°C
Road conditions: Dry and dusty
Car1. OGIER/INGRASSIA – fastest time
“That’s good. Without dust the stage is much more enjoyable. Really, really bumpy. In this
section whatever you do there is risks, for sure.”
Car 2. EVANS/BARRITT
I don’t know what happened. It was extremely rough in the middle and then it
Car 3. SUNINEN/MARKKULA
“That was a good time. The stage is crazy rough and a lot of hits to the car. It is a strong
car so we can push.”
Car 4. MIKKELSEN/JAEGER-SYNNEVAAG
“We were taking it so careful. Looks like Seb is pushing, but that is risky. You have to
count on the experience and hope that is working.”
Car 6. PADDON/MARSHALL
“Incredibly rough. Testamant to the cars to be able to hold up to it. Roughest conditions I
have ever driven. Some guys are taking risks. Hats off to them.”
Car 7. LATVALA/ANTTILA
“That was better than in the morning. It was so rough in some places and I had to back
off. I am quite satisfied with the time.”
Car 8. TÄNAK/JARVEOJA
Stalled under braking early on the stage. “Nothing. It’s just not our rally.”
Car 9. LAPPI/FERM
“It went worse. Much less grip than in the morning. The changes did not work at all.”
Car 10. ØSTBERG/ERIKSEN
Front-left tyre delaminated. “I feel a little bit shocked about what I just experienced. It was
impossible to judge what you are trying to do and I am not happy with that.”
Car 11. BREEN/MARTIN
“Slow puncture. I was in the middle of the road driving around everything. I did 25km with
a puncture. I really don’t know,” said an emotional Irishman.
Car 12. AL-QASSIMI/PATTERSON
Stopped 8.5km into the stage.
Car 31. TIDEMAND/ANDERSSON
Stopped to change a wheel on the stage.
Car 32. KOPECKÝ/DRESLER
Stopped after 10.9km to change a puncture and rejoined the stage after letting his WRC 2
rival Tidemand go through.
Car 36. KAJETANOWICZ/SZCZEPANIAK
Stopped in the stage and restarted again.
Car 37. TEMPESTINI/ITU
Stopped after 17km and lost a potential WRC 2 lead….
Car 38. BOSTANCI/VATANSEVER
Talking about his SS2 retirement: “After a jump the car landed out of the racing line. It slid
and hit the hillside. I was unlucky.”
Car 69. BOTTARELLI/FENOLI
Did not start the rally reportedly because of driver illness.
Car 84. OZDEMIR/MEMIŞYAZICI
Retired at TC4 with mechanical issues. He hopes to return under Rally 2