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DATE
SS1
SS2
SS3
SS4
SS5
SS6
SS7
SS8
SS9
Total
06.10.13
22.43km
24.15km
9.90km
22.43km
24.15km
9.90km
5.50km
29.28km
5.20km
152.94km


- Leg information:
Stages: 9 (152.94 kms competitive total)
Surface: Gravel
Weather: Strong rain and mud, drying out in afternoon

Heavy rain forced the cancellation of three stages on the Rally of Turkey's opening leg, with yet another stage shortened by 10 kilometres. Suzuki driver Guy Wilks leads at the end of the first day, while his team mate P-G Andersson is seventh after a puncture. A Suzuki Swift set four fastest times on the six stages that were eventually run, and at the end of a very close leg one there were five Suzukis in the top eight!

   

Guy Wilks (1st in JWRC after SS9):
"The conditions today were absolutely dreadful, but the main thing was not to let that get to you - it's the same for everyone. My plan was to drive at a comfortable pace and stay out of trouble. Thankfully we managed to stick to that all day and we had no real dramas. However, Kris Meeke's Citroen was not far behind us for most of the day, so we could not relax. Now he's had a problem so the pressure is slightly off. I'm happy with our pace and very pleased with the car, which has been fast and reliable. Tomorrow, I'm going to stay at the same rhythm."

P-G Andersson (7th in JWRC after SS9):
"These have probably been the most tricky conditions I have ever driven in. In the morning, on SS3, we ran wide and bounced off a rock face. There was a bit of bodywork damage but more seriously it bent a steering arm. It took more time to fix in service than we expected, so we also collected 50 seconds of road penalties. That was OK, but I made a mistake on SS6 and picked up a puncture after I clipped the side of a bridge. We lost about two minutes, so my aim now is to climb back to a podium place by the end of the rally."

Nobuhiro 'Monster' Tajima, team principal:
"We've had some exceptionally bad conditions at the start of this event that nobody could have predicted. Despite this, our car and our drivers have stood up to the challenge extremely well. Guy has been a model of speed and consistency, demonstrating that he can drive with his head as well as his right foot. Unfortunately P-G has made a couple of mistakes, but this is easy to do. The weather is likely to remain unpredictable for the rest of the rally, so we must be careful…"



Junior World Rally Championship classification after SS9, Rally of Turkey


Pos.
Driver
Time
1
Guy Wilks (Suzuki Swift)
1h05m21.7s
2
Pavel Valousek (Suzuki Swift)
+1m19.4s
3
Fatih Kara (Renault Clio)
+1m45.4s
4
Jozef Beres (Suzuki Ignis)
+1m55.2s
5
Conrad Rautenbach (Renault Clio)
+2m01.6s
6
Urmo Aava (Suzuki Swift)
+2m31.9s
7
P-G Andersson (Suzuki Swift)
+2m53.1s
8
Martin Prokop (Citroen C2)
+5m45.4s


 
 
 
 
   
 
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