The fight for the WRC 2 championship is expected to be one of the highlights at this weekend’s Rally Turkey (13-16 September) as series pacesetters Jan Kopecký and Pontus Tidemand go head-to-head for the first time this season.
Kopecký holds a slender seven-point advantage over his Skoda Motorsport team-mate in the drivers’ standings, having won four times this season. Tidemand has taken maximum points on three occasions.
ADAC Rallye Deutschland winner Kopecký is confident his relationship with long-time co-driver Pavel Dresler will be an advantage as he looks to break clear of the title threat fellow Fabia R5 competitor Tidemand poses with four events remaining.
“On the fast sections, you have to be really sure about the pace notes you made, so teamwork with your co-driver is even more important,” the Czech driver said.
“I’ve been with Pavel a long time – I could trust him even if I was blindfolded. On the rough sections, you have to be careful not to collect a puncture.”
Gus Greensmith holds third place in the series as he heads to the Marmaris-based event. With regular co-driver Craig Parry continuing to recuperate after a pre-event testing crash in Germany, the Briton will be partnered by Alex Gelsomino this weekend in his Ford Fiesta R5.
European under-27 champion Chris Ingram will make his WRC 2 debut in a Toksport-run Fabia, while European champion Kajetan Kajetanowicz will record his third WRC 2 start of the season in a LOTOS Rally Team-entered Fiesta.
Also forming part of the 15-car WRC 2 entry is Chilean Pedro Heller, while Simone Tempestini is the sole Citroën representative as he supports the French manufacturer’s gravel development of the C3 R5.
Fiesta driver Murat Bostanci is one of six drivers in the category for their home event. The 29-year-old tackled the rally in 2017 when it was a round of the national championship, but retired before the finish.
Rally Turkey organisers have also confirmed the winner of the WRC 2 class will win a five-day sailing trip on a state-of-the-art gulet – a traditional twin-masted Turkish boat.
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