Probably no other rally in the WRC calendar is so hard on the cars. In Turkey, speed and experience are not enough, as puncture or damage can come at any time. This year was no different, and ŠKODA Motorsport had to settle for second place after a string of victories. The Finnish crew of Kalle Rovanperä – Jonne Halttunen lost three tyres in a short space of time and had to put up a real fight even to finish Rally Turkey. The Czech duo of Jan Kopecký and Pavel Dresler suffered several setbacks as well, but still managed to challenge Gus Greensmith for the victory until the very end.
The ŠKODA FABIA R5 was by far the most common car in the entry list. There’s a good reason for this, as its well-known reliability and durability gives the drivers their best chanceat success. The car really earned its reputation – in the WRC 2 category, only ŠKODA cars finished and in the RC2, they took 9 out of 10 first places.