This years Rally Turkey was one of the toughest race this season. From 37 participants at the start line, just 19 reached the finish line and just 10 crews did it without Super Rally rule. After five events the 17th round was again very successful for our championship leader Juan Marzoa. Spaniard took his 4th victory this year and now has the most wins in overall classification.
Despite having a safe lead of over a one minute Juan still drove fast in last day, won two stages and lost just 2 seconds from his advantage. 1 minute and 3.42 seconds was the gap which let Juan win in Turkey. The most interesting question after second leg was for the 2nd place. Lithuanian Mantvydas Ralys had just 4.54 seconds lead over Libor Tomecek before last day and was in dream position. Mantvydas didn't get confused and beautifly settled down with pressure from Tomecek. He was very fast in SS15 and had beaten everybody by more than 10 seconds even Juan lost over 20 seconds to him. Next stage was also very good for Mantvydas and before last one he had 16 seconds plus against Libor. Czech got concentrated on last one and won it grabbing 5 additional points from Power Stage but it wasn't enough to catch Manvydas. Tomecek left 3rd with 7.96 seconds gap from Ralys and was upset about poor last day performance while Lithuanian was over the starts: "Good Rally, shame there was such a little competitors number, but I'm happy with this result, hope my speed will increase to fight with the BIG BOYS. Thanks for the tournament".
Last day did not affect any changes in WRC 2 classification also. Jan Gais who was leading after second legs last stage kept his first position and took 3rd win this season this is also 7th podium finish for him. "Everyone knows how it went, no more comments are needed. Thanks to everybody, thanks orga",- this is Jan's comment after finish. Jyrki Niemela was quite angry after second leg and by pushing hard on last day he won 3 stages out of 4 which let him to cut Jan's advantage from over 3mins to 1min 54.61sec. Despite lost first place Jyrki still gonna increase his lead in championship as this was a tragical event for Jyrkis chaser Kirill Kolomiets. Paulius Butmanas also kept his position after second leg and finished 3rd keeping his chances alive in fight for bronze with Tomasza Rajewski and Jan Gais.
WRC 3 leader Remus Diaconescu won first two stages on last day and lost other two for Maciej Zawisza but the gap between these two guys almost hasn't changed. Remus finished first taking his second victory this season and this let's him get back to fight for 3rd place in standings. Championship leader Maciej finished 2nd with 1min 54.86sec gap from Romanian and increased his leadership over Mariusz Domanus. Justyna Rajewska was lucky in last day and managed to take her 2nd podium in a row, but loss for class winner is a massive 33 minutes.
Next stop is Cyprus, the rally starts tomorrow as Shakedown is today. This island event has a very similar conditions to a Turkey, so crews who competed in that event is more than ready for a little walk in Cyprus. This ERC calendar event is a great opportunity to grab additional points and keep up a good form between main WRC events.