Junior WRC in Turkey:
Bergkvist closes on title

Championship leader Emil Bergkvist closed on the FIA Junior WRC title after leading the category at Rally Turkey on Saturday night.

He was third overnight but moved his Ford Fiesta R2 to the top of the standings in the third and final stage of this morning. His 28sec advantage was trimmed to just 4.7sec in the day's final test by Ken Torn but the impetus remains with the Swede.

"It's been a very tough day and we're very lucky to be here without any problems. We're just driving to survive but there are still four more stages to go tomorrow and we're simply aiming for the finish line," said Bergkvist.

The rocky gravel tracks close to Marmaris on the Turkish Riviera proved just as tough as yesterday's opening leg but Torn maintained second throughout the day, eating into Bergkvist's advantage in the final test to set up an exciting finale tomorrow.

Less fortunate was Germany's Julius Tannert. He led last night but a roll and three punctures and a lack of brakes cost valuable minutes and he plunged down the order to seventh.

Dennis Rådström was third, but the Swede was a distant 4min 42sec adrift of Torn. Emilio Fernandez was fourth, almost four minutes further back and ahead of Callum Devine, who overcame a roll earlier in the day to win the final test. Bugra Banaz completed the top six.

Enrico Oldrati retired with a broken driveshaft while newcomer Raul Badiu was also sidelined. 

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15 Sep 2018


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