Turkey countdown starts

Teams, senior WRC officials and media are gathering in Turkey this weekend to begin preparations for the country’s return to the FIA World Rally Championship next September.

Marmaris Rally Turkey takes place on the stunning Turquoise Coast in the Muğla region and provides a perfect opportunity for the WRC community to view the gravel speed tests, service park and other facilities that will be used next year.

M-Sport World Rally Team and Toyota Gazoo Racing have sent representatives to the three-day rally, based in the south-west tourist area. They are joined by WRC Promoter management, WRC rally director Jarmo Mahonen and FIA safety delegate Michèle Mouton.

WRC Promoter managing director Oliver Ciesla has visited Marmaris on several occasions this year to liaise with organiser TOSFED on the championship’s requirements.

“This weekend’s Marmaris Rally Turkey is an integral part of the build-up to 2018 when the country will make a welcome return to the WRC for the first time since 2010,” said Ciesla.

“It will provide an exciting foretaste of what competitors, media and fans can expect in less than 12 months, and I’m delighted representatives from our manufacturer teams have taken the opportunity to attend to begin their preparations.

“We’ll work closely with TOSFED over the next days to ensure that when the WRC arrives next September the sporting and promotional infrastructure matches the high standards that are demanded of a WRC event.”

Next year’s rally, on 13 - 16 September, will form round 10 of the 13-event WRC. This year’s rally counts for the FIA European Rally Trophy and the FIA Balkan Rally Trophy. A Friday evening start ceremony in Marmaris is followed by 13 dirt road special stages over the next two days.

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