Faced with the roughest roads of the calendar, Kajetanowicz was never-headed throughout Saturday’s leg. After claiming a quartet of stage wins in his Skoda Fabia Rally2, he arrived back at the end of day service with a 46.3sec lead.
Citroën C3 R5 pilot Marco Bulacia was Kajetanowicz’s nearest challenger. After claiming an early advantage on Friday, the Bolivian struggled to find the pace he wanted, particularly on the heavily rutted sections of road.
"It was very tough. I think we need to improve in places where there are bad conditions, and we need to reduce the gap between me and Kajto in these kinds of stages. We will keep pushing tomorrow, because anything can happen here," explained the 19-year-old.
Emilio Fernández was third in another Skoda. The Chilean ended the day’s action a considerable 3min 40.6sec adrift of the leaders, but with a comfortable 2min 1.4sec gap to fourth-placed Yağiz Avci in a Citroën. Ford Fiesta R5 man Alberto Heller completed the top five, 32.8sec further back.
Home hero Burak Cukurova was sixth in his Fabia, 2min29.0sec ahead of M-Sport Ford man ‘Pedro’.
Last year’s Junior World Rally Champion Jan Solans showed promising pace in his Fiesta. The Spaniard claimed a brace of top three stage times, but tumbled to ninth when he suffered a double puncture on the daunting Yeşilbelde speed test.
Uğur Soylu rounded out the leaderboard in another Skoda. The Turk picked up a 17-minute time penalty early in the day and currently trails the category leader by 25min9.4sec.