Sun 14:34 - Until thenKeep an eye on wrc.com for all the latest news and analysis, and don't forget WRC+ All Live for stage recaps and loads of exclusive extras. Bye for now.
Sun 14:33 - We will returnOn 3rd October to bring you reports from the championship's twelfth round, Wales Rally GB.
Sun 14:32 - Final controlStages done, and that's where we will end our live text coverage from Turkey.
Sun 14:29 - Pierre Budar - Citroen Team Boss"It's a wonderful result for us after a difficult rally. All of the crew have been perfect - the drivers and the mechanics on all of the technical jobs. On one of the most difficult rallies of the season for reliability, we are happy to be here today."
Sun 14:25 - Manufacturers' Championship after Rally Turkey1.Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Team 314pts 2.Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT 295pts 3.Citroen Total WRT 259pts 4.M-Sport Ford WRT 184pts
Sun 14:25 - Drivers' Championship after Rally Turkey1.Tanak 210pts 2.Ogier 193pts 3.Neuville 180pts 4.Mikkelsen 94pts 5.Meeke 86pts
Sun 14:20 - WRC 2 Pro classification - Rally Turkey1.Greensmith 04:05:30.8 2.Kopecky +29.4 3.Rovanpera +27:50.4
Sun 14:17 - Overall classification - Rally Turkey1.Ogier 03:50:12.1 2.Lappi +34.7 3.Mikkelsen +01:04.5 4.Suninen +01:35.1 5.Sordo +02:25.9 6.Latvala +02:59.1
Sun 14:16 - SS17: Ogier wins!He's done it - Seb takes the win at Rally Turkey! He's third fastest in the Wolf Power Stage. "That was the plan this weekend - it was really needed. When we were here we knew that anything could happen in here as there are some really tricky places. It's good for the team at a tricky time. We need to keep moving, there are still things to improve on but I am really happy to bring them the win this weekend."
Sun 14:11 - SS17: LappiNot a fast time for E.P in the Wolf Power Stage, but it doesn't need to be. He secures second overall at the end of a dream weekend for Citroen. "We got a puncture on the last one and I was just following the lines! Luckily we managed to be fast enough to be second so it's really good."
Sun 14:07 - SS17: MikkelsenAndreas will be chuffed to make it to the end of this rally on the podium, bagging some valuable points for Hyundai. "It's been a good rally for us - we tried to stay away from drama and we managed it well. The pace on the first pass of every stage was always good, but we need to look at and improve our pace in the second pass. Overall, very happy with this rally. We took it steady through here."
Sun 14:03 - SS17: SuninenA brilliant result for Teemu - he brings the Fiesta WRC home in 4th overall. 4th fastest so far in this stage, +9.0s slower than Tanak. "That was really consistent. We were able to balance the pace with the conditions. A really big thanks to the team - the mechanics have had a lot of work to do to fix the car in all of the services!"
Sun 13:59 - SS17: SordoA good performance from Dani, despite his puncture on Friday. Sixth fastest so far on this one. "This was the target for today - to take the points and we did. We will see how Mikkelsen does and hopefully we can take some points from Toyota."
Sun 13:55 - SS17: LatvalaA clean blast through the final stage here and Jari-Matti goes third fastest: +7.3s slower than Tanak. "It's been a tough weekend but the main thing is that we finished the rally and we didn't suffer issues. The car was strong but we seemed to be missing some pace and I will hold my hand up and say that I made a mistake with getting the right setup in the test. Wales will be very different."
Sun 13:51 - SS17: MeekeKris said that he wouldn't push for points in this stage. As promised, it's a sensible run and it looks like he will finish seventh here in Turkey. "We didn't have the pace to compete at the sharp end. The long stage on Saturday threw us back but okay, we have a lot of work to do with the car on this kind of rally."
Sun 13:46 - SS17: NeuvilleAgain, Thierry will be disappointed with the final result from this weekend. He's dropped +2.6s to Tanak's Wolf Power Stage time. "I gave it everything. I couldn't do more but okay, that's how it is. It was a difficult weekend but we have three more rallies to go, so let's see what happens there."
Sun 13:46 - SS17: NeuvilleAgain, Thierry will be disappointed with the final result from this weekend. He's dropped +2.6s to Tanak's Wolf Power Stage time. "I gave it everything. I couldn't do more but okay, that's how it is. It was a difficult weekend but we have three more rallies to go, so let's see what happens there."
Sun 13:43 - SS17: TidemandPontus has done well this weekend and kept his nose clean. He's +10.4s slower than Tanak here but he won't be too worried about that. "Thank you very much - to be honest I am very happy and I feel like I have learnt how to drive it over the weekend. I am really grateful to everyone who has supported me and thanks to M-Sport for this opportunity."
Sun 13:38 - SS17: TanakA disappointing result for Ott, but hopefully he can salvage some Wolf Power Stage points. He sets the time to beat at 04:55.2. "Let's see if it gives us anything. We don't know yet. We had to use medium tyres because we know hards are not working for us, but it was very soft."
Sun 13:34 - SS17: Kajetanowicz Kajto drops over forty-seconds, but it should be enough for him to take the WRC 2 victory. He crosses the line with a rear-wheel-drive only Skoda! "It's a nice feeling - this is our best result and it is amazing. We lost a driveshaft, but we are here. It's a strong car. Thanks Lotos Rally Team and to our families - this is very expensive to them and I am not talking about money. Thanks a lot."
Sun 13:32 - Tanak live in stageOtt starts two-minutes behind than schedule so that he doesn't get caught in Kajetanowicz's dust.
Sun 13:29 - SS17: GreensmithHe's done enough. Gus only drops +6.8s to Kopecky, and wins the WRC 2 Pro category by -29.4s. "Why can't I just do it easy for once?! What a morning! It needs to be Gus-strong when I'm driving it!"
Sun 13:27 - Kajetanowicz in stageHe's started the stage, but he's nursing a broken driveshaft.
Sun 13:25 - SS17: KOPECKYJan passes the flying finish with a time of 05:19.9. We'll have to see how Greensmith compares. "I don't know how big the damage is for Gus so we will see. I think we will know quite soon."
Sun 13:23 - Greensmith updateHe's started the stage - but the Fiesta looks very battered! He's got just over thirty seconds in hand for the WRC 2 Pro lead... can he hold on?
Sun 13:18 - SS17: Live!Jan Kopecky gets the final stage underway in his Skoda Fabia R5!
Sun 13:16 - Recce notes: Wolf Power StageMarmaris 2, 7.05km. A winding run through big concrete barriers at a bus station car park! Reality returns as the test reverts to gravel for a 2km climb on a rough, twisty and narrow road. It remains technical as it descends before speeds rise and the roads become smoother and more flowing. The finale brings competitors to within touching distance of the service park.
Sun 13:14 - Standby: SS17Here we go then: our crews are just about ready to start the final stage of Rally Turkey. Kopecky's start time: 1318hrs. Recce notes coming up...
Sun 13:11 - Kajetanowicz's mechanical gremlinsKajto broke the front left driveshaft of his Fabia R5 in SS16 and dropped a minute. He still leads his category by over two-minutes.
Sun 13:10 - Running order for the Wolf Power StageThe action will begin in less than 10-minutes. 1.Kopecky 2.Greensmith 3.Kajetanowicz 4.Tanak 5.Tidemand 6.Neuville 7.Meeke 8.Latvala 9.Sordo 10.Suninen 11.Mikkelsen 12.Lappi 13.Ogier
Sun 12:37 - As it stands...Here's how the championship top-three would look (excluding Wolf Power Stage points) as it stands: 1.Tanak 205, 2.Ogier 190, 3.Neuville 176. In terms of manufacturers points, Hyundai would end on 314 and Toyota on 295.
Sun 12:34 - GreensmithHe's moving again, slowly. The crew keep stopping and starting.
Sun 12:31 - WRC 2 after SS16 - Rally Turkey1.Kajetanowicz 03:59:56.2 2.Bulacia +02:14.4 3.Andolfi +09:44.7 4.Solberg +14:31.5 5.Cukurova +24:05.0
Sun 12:28 - SS16: Gill stoppedGaurav Gill is stopped in the Cicekli stage.
Sun 12:14 - Up next: Wolf Power StageThe final stage of Rally Turkey 2019: a repeat of the Marmaris test. Up to five points are on offer for the driver who sets the fastest time. The stage is scheduled to begin at 1318hrs (local time).
Sun 12:07 - WRC 2 Pro after SS16 - Rally Turkey1.Greensmith 04:00:04.1 2.Kopecky 36.2s 3.Rovanpera 27:56.6
Sun 12:05 - Greensmith off after flying finishGus rolled his Fiesta just after crossing the flying finish line of SS16 - the car is heavily damaged but both he and Elliot Edmondson are okay. Rotten luck - he was leading WRC 2 Pro up until then.
Sun 11:59 - Overall after SS16 - Rally Turkey1.Ogier 03:45:13.7 2.Lappi +19.9s 3.Mikkelsen 58.2s 4.Suninen +01:29.3 5.Sordo +02:16.3 6.Latvala +02:55.0
Sun 11:57 - SS16: OgierAnd that's our rally leader safely through! Fourth fastest, he leads teammate Esapekka Lappi by -19.9s heading into the Wolf Power Stage.
Sun 11:54 - SS16: LappiEsapekka makes it out of the stage despite his close call! He's still got an 38sec advantage over Mikkelsen with just one stage to run.
Sun 11:50 - SS16: MikkelsenAnother strong showing for Andreas - he's fastest by -0.3s over Latvala.
Sun 11:49 - Lappi spinOh no! He's spun at 8.6km! Back underway, around 10-seconds lost.
Sun 11:42 - As it stands... times for SS16Still waiting for our top-three to complete. 1.Latvala 11:01.6 2.Sordo +2.7s 3.Meeke +13.1s 4.Tidemand +13.9s 5.Neuville +47.8s 6.Tanak +01:46.7
Sun 11:34 - SS16: MeekeKris fastest so far by -0.8s over Tidemand.
Sun 11:29 - SS16: NeuvilleThierry also taking the tyre-saving approach, but he's safely through with just the Wolf Power Stage to go. Tidemand fastest so far.
Sun 11:25 - InterviewsWe won't get a chance to speak to our crews after this stage, but we will keep you updated with any drama that unfolds.
Sun 11:22 - SS16: TanakHe's completed the stage - at last! He'll be back to flat-out attack for the final test.
Sun 11:20 - The same approach from TanakOnce again, Ott is crusing through this one - almost at road speed!
Sun 11:20 - Recce notes: SS16Cicekli 1, 13.20km. Cicekli is incredibly twisty and relatively slow, so drivers must keep an eye on engine temperatures. The constant cambered corners characterise this stage and offer a real chance for drivers to make a difference. It dives into the forests in places, with light and shadow creating tricky conditions. The same stage as in 2018, but driven in the opposite direction.
Sun 11:17 - Overall after SS15 - Rally Turkey1.Ogier 03:34:05.9 2.Lappi +5.7 3.Mikkelsen +01:04.7 4.Suninen +01:28.0 5.Sordo +02:19.8 6.Latvala +03:01.2
Sun 11:17 - SS15: OgierOur rally leader safely through - he only needs to get through two more stages! "We drive very slowly - that's the plan now and we save tyres for the power stage. We want to take maximum points but it will be difficult because it's rough like this."
Sun 11:13 - SS15: LappiAnother calm run from the Citroen man. He doesn't want to lose his position in second. "The pressure is not coming from the guys behind. This is the roughest rally of the season and you need to be safe - it's not fun at the moment."
Sun 11:10 - SS16: Live!Ott Tanak has just started the 13.2km Cikcekli test.
Sun 11:09 - SS15: MikkelsenAndreas takes more time from Suninen in here and he now looks pretty safe in third place. "We are driving at an okay pace, but we have much more to give if we need. I just kept it neat and tidy in the lines there and we have very good control."
Sun 11:05 - SS15: SuninenThe M-Sport man reaches the end in one piece, dropping +11.1s to Latvala's time. "The last stage I was struggling with the rhythm a bit but I was just saving the tyres."
Sun 11:01 - SS15: SordoDani sets a time of 08:39.9: second fastest so far. "I try to manage the gap. It's a nice stage but you are always thinking about if you make a mistake! I don't want to see the face of Adamo if I make a mistake!"
Sun 10:57 - SS15: LatvalaJari-Matti having more of a push than the other drivers so far - fastest by -16.9s. "We kept going. I think the fact is that we have no chance to catch Sordo but you never know if they have a puncture or something, it's good to keep the pressure. We discussed with the team; no risks but keep it going with the rally speed and that's what we are targeting."
Sun 10:53 - SS15: MeekeKris second fastest so far in the Yaris, dropping +1.4s to Tidemand. "The only objective is to finish. We've gone with six tyres - we don't need anything stupid happening with two punctures."
Sun 10:50 - SS15: NeuvilleNot as cautious as Tanak, but Thierry still drops +10.4s to Tidemand's time. "I think it should be okay because the temperature will increase a lot and the road will be clean. We saw in the first pass that we only lost time in the first split when the tyres were cold, so we should be fine."
Sun 10:46 - Neuville taking it steadyIt looks like a similar approach from Thierry - he's just cruising through the stage.
Sun 10:45 - SS15: TidemandHe's almost a minute faster than Tanak - that shows just how steadily Ott was driving. "It's good to follow Ott's lines. The feeling is good so we will keep going like this."
Sun 10:42 - SS15: TanakThat's a really steady run for Ott. No worries - he's got a plan! "It's obviously closer to the weight limit because normally we are quite heavy."
Sun 10:40 - Tyres for the dayHere's confirmation of what Michelin tyres our WRC runners have chosen for today. Neuville/Tanak/Mikkelsen: 5x hard. Tidemand: 5x medium. Ogier: 3x hard, 2x medium. Lappi: 3x hard, 3x medium. Meeke: 4x medium, 2x hard. Latvala: 3x medium, 2x hard. Tanak: 4x medium.
Sun 10:38 - Tanak driving slowHe's being really careful: he wants to look after those tyres for the Wolf Power Stage.
Sun 10:36 - SS15: Live!Ott Tanak and Pontus Tidemand are live in the Gokce stage.
Sun 10:32 - WRC 2 Pro after SS14 - Rally Turkey1.Greensmith 03:39:25.3 2.Kopecky +58.6 3.Rovanpera +28:32.2
Sun 10:27 - Up next: SS15Our crews are already starting to arrive at the second stage of the day. Tanak will start at 1031hrs.
Sun 10:27 - Overall after SS14 - Rally Turkey1.Ogier 03:25:20.6 2.Lappi +5.7s 3.Mikkelsen +01:14.7 4.Sunien +01:28.1 5.Sordo +02:25.2 6.Latvala +03:12.4
Sun 10:26 - SS14: KopeckyJan is -2.1s faster than Greensmith in this one, but it looks unlikely he will be able to catch Gus.
Sun 10:24 - SS14: GreensmithOur WRC 2 Pro leader completes with a time of 05:23.2. "It's important for the team as we have put so much into the car. It's been strong and we just want to come home in first place."
Sun 10:20 - SS14: OgierWith no real threat from behind, our rally leader will be looking to take as many points as possible in the Wolf Power Stage. "I didn't push enough to really have a feeling. The only time we need to be fast is in the second pass. I don't know if it is possible but I will go for as many points as I can."
Sun 10:16 - SS14: LappiE.P led the rally for most of Saturday, but dropped behind his teammate in the afternoon. No need for him to take risks today: +9.4s off the leading pace. "Very cautious! We will just be safe."
Sun 10:12 - SS14: MikkelsenAndreas doing his best to avoid the water splash at the end! He's second fastest so far. "It's going in the right direction and I wasn't really pushing that hard, so that's good."
Sun 10:08 - SS14: SuninenThe Finn has said he will push hard today, but he's +5.1s off the pace in this short opener. "That's a good question. I am disappointed with that time! I couldn't get the traction and I did one small mistake."
Sun 10:04 - SS14: SordoDani set some good times yesterday and currently sits in fifth position. He drops +4.4s in here. "It was a really slippery and slow stage. It's not an easy stage but a short stage and one stage less so it's okay!"
Sun 10:00 - SS14: LatvalaJari-Matti also has a clean run. He's second fastest so far. "It's very important to have a clean day and finish it because we need that manufacturer points - that's the priority number one."
Sun 09:57 - SS14: MeekeHe's the second of our Toyota crews to complete the stage. 7.4s slower than his teammate. "I prefer not to go through water if I can!" He says he won't be having a push in the Power Stage later.
Sun 09:52 - SS14: NeuvilleThierry is another man who will be focussed on the Wolf Power Stage today. +3.4s off Tanak's pace in this test. "I pushed a little bit but I think Tanak has the soft tyre which is obviously good for the first pass. It's going to be very hot this afternoon so we will see."
Sun 09:49 - SS14: TidemandPontus completes the day's opener in his Fiesta WRC. +10.4s slower than Tanak. "It was quite nice. It is good to have some lines to follow at least! We had a warning for a puncture in the stage but it has disappeared, so I don't think we have any punctures."
Sun 09:44 - SS14: TanakOtt sets the benchmark time of 05:04.7. There isn't much for him to fight for today - just power stage points. "Gambling what? I guess gambling zero points is not so much to gamble!"
Sun 09:38 - SS14: Live!Ott Tanak is live in the first stage of the final day here in Turkey. He's taking a big risk this morning! He has gone out with no spare tyres for the full loop in order to keep the weight down in his Yaris!
Sun 09:37 - Recce notes: SS14Marmaris 1, 7.05km. It's a unique start for Sunday's opener - a winding run through big concrete barriers at a bus station car park! Reality returns as the test reverts to gravel for a 2km climb on a rough, twisty and narrow road. It remains technical as it descends before speeds rise and the roads become smoother and more flowing. The finale brings competitors to within touching distance of the service park.
Sun 09:35 - Standby: SS14Our crews are gathered at the start control. Tanak's start time: 0938hrs. Recce notes coming up...
Sun 09:31 - Start intervals4-minute gaps between our WRC crews, 3-minutes between the rest of the field.
Sun 09:30 - Sunday's running orderReverse rally classification order again today. 1.Tanak 2.Tidemand 3.Neuville 4.Meeke 5.Latvala 6.Sordo 7.Suninen 8.Mikkelsen 9.Lappi 10.Ogier
Sun 09:27 - WeatherIt's another hot day in Turkey. Temperatures are forecasted to reach upwards of 30 degrees-centigrade. The sky is clear and we aren't expecting any rain.
Sun 09:24 - Sunday's itineraryIt's a short day for our crews, who will complete four stages today. Included in the loop is the Marmaris stage, which doubles up as the all-important Wolf Power Stage where drivers will be pushing hard to bag some bonus points.
Sun 09:21 - Sunday's vital statsHere's what's on the itinerary. Start: 0855hrs (first car into service). Number of stages: 4. Stage distance: 38.62km. Finish: 1415hrs.
Sun 09:18 - So, what's happening?It's the rally's final day. At the moment, it's a Citroen 1-2, with just 0.2sec separating Sebastien Ogier and Esapekka Lappi. Andreas Mikkelsen is in third place, whilst championship protagonists Ott Tanak and Thierry Neuville both hit trouble on Saturday. Gus Greensmith took the WRC 2 Pro category lead yesterday afternoon and Kajto Kajetanowicz is dominating WRC 2.
Sun 09:17 - We're liveAt wrc.com and the WRC app with all the news from the championship's eleventh round.
Sun 09:16 - Good morningFor the final time and welcome back to our live text coverage from Rally Turkey.
Sat 17:36 - Join us on SundayFor the final day of Rally Turkey. Just four stages and 38.62 kilometres stand between Citroen and a dream result, including the all-important Wolf Power Stage. The action will resume with the Marmaris 1 stage at 0938hrs (local time).
Sat 17:35 - Day 3 completeAnd that's where we will end our live text coverage for today.
Sat 17:33 - Media Zone: Lappi"It doesn't matter if we are leading or second - it's good anyway. I am very pleased for the day and I think we set some good times. Okay, on the afternoon's first stage we should have been safer with the tyres but I missed the experience as I retired before the second pass here last year. For sure, if we can continue to do the same then everything is ready for us but there is still many stages to go and it is the roughest rally of the year so I am not thinking that we have finished the rally - we still need to do that. It helps the morale for the team and for me personally, but it doesn't change the fact that we are in trouble on tarmac and we need to sort something out for Spain."
Sat 17:29 - Media Zone: Ogier"It was always a bit of risk to be aggressive with the tyre choice but I was confident that it would work. It's been a challenging afternoon, of course we are not fighting very hard with Esapekka, but it is still very abrasive - I finished the loop with slick tyres on the car. Any rally is difficult to finish and Turkey even more - at least tomorrow's stages should be a bit less. Our only goal is to get to the finish line and if we can add some points in the power stage then that is a bonus."
Sat 17:19 - Media Zone: Mikkelsen"The feeling is very very good. On the first pass we are fast but on the second pass we are losing time - I am using the tyres too much. Anyway, it's a short day tomorrow so we should be in good shape to fight with Teemu. 9- seconds is quite a lot as long as we don't do any mistakes, so I feel confident for tomorrow."
Sat 17:16 - WRC 2 after day 3 - Rally Turkey1.Kajetanowicz 03:33:04.5 2.Bulacia +03:06.7 3.Andolfi +09:25.4 4.Solberg +16:47.2 5.Cukurova +23:35.1
Sat 16:55 - Coming up: media zoneThe stages are finished for the day and our crews now head back to the service area in Marmaris. We'll try and grab a few words from our top-three when they arrive.
Sat 16:51 - WRC 2 Pro after day 3 - Rally Turkey1.Greensmith 03:34:02.1 2.Kopecky +01:00.7 3.Rovanpera +28:34.2
Sat 16:51 - Overall after day 3 - Rally Turkey1.Ogier 03:20:12.0 2.Lappi +0.2s 3.Mikkelsen +01:17.1 4.Suninen +01:26.9 5.Sordo +02:24.7 6.Latvala +03:13.4
Sat 16:48 - SS13: KopeckyA tough day for Jan, who sits 2nd in WRC 2 Pro overnight. "It went well in the morning but in the long stage we got the puncture, we don't know where. In the next one we pushed hard but got another slow puncture so it was very difficult to drive in there."
Sat 16:38 - SS13: LappiThat's close - a fastest time from Esapekka and the gap between the two Citroens is just 0.2sec overnight! "I don't mind that we are not leading - I made a small mistake on the previous stage. Even if we were leading tomorrow, the points are very important for Seb so I will try to back him up. There is one day left so fingers crossed we can make it."
Sat 16:36 - SS13: OgierOur rally leader makes it to the end of the day with second fastest time in the Kizlan stage. "It's been a very good day. We had no trouble, a good rhythm. It's quite a big difference compared to three weeks ago - we came here with a positive feeling after having a good test and we knew the car would perform well on gravel."
Sat 16:33 - SS13: NeuvilleThierry goes even better, taking -4.5s out of Suninen's benchmark in this final stage. "I mean, we are really disappointed with the day. It could have been easily avoided if we kept the four minutes like yesterday. It is what it is - we will carry on driving and hopefully take some power stage points then go home with a smile."
Sat 16:31 - SS13: SuninenA strong end to a positive day for the Finn, who goes fastest so far with a 07:21.9. "The stages were quite rough and it looks like the new aerodynamics is working well in fast stages! Let's see, it's not going to be easy to catch ten seconds but we will do our best. Anyway, fourth position wouldn't be bad."
Sat 16:30 - SS13: MeekeHe drops almost half a minute with his mid-stage moment. "I had zero rubber on the rear and the car just snapped sideways on me and we ended up with a puncture."
Sat 16:28 - SS13: MikkelsenThat aero damage doesn't seem to have slowed. Andreas. He edges his teammate by just -0.4s. "The performance has been good. We had no tyres on the rear in the last stage so it was hard to drive very fast but it was okay. We have an early day today so I can relax later!"
Sat 16:25 - SS13: SordoDani has driven really well today - setting some competitive times in the Hyundai. Fastest so far in this one. "The target was to be in front of the Toyotas. This afternoon we didn't make any mistakes and we managed the tyres in the first stage for the rest of the stages. Tomorrow we will do the same."
Sat 16:20 - Damage for MikkelsenOur in-stage crews are reporting some damage to the aero at the rear left side of Mikkelsen's Hyundai.
Sat 16:19 - SS13: LatvalaJari-Matti will be glad to complete the day - he's run out of tyres and completes with the rear right on the rim! -3.5s up on Tidemand in this stage.
Sat 16:18 - SS13: TidemandHe's safely through the day with a time of 07:34.4 in the final test. "I really enjoyed the day. It was not easy but it was quite fun. This car is so wide so even in the second pass we have to open up the ruts again, but it's good learning."
Sat 16:17 - Meeke stopped brieflyHe ran wide on a left hander and went off down small banking. Luckily he manages to get his Yaris back on the road.
Sat 16:06 - SS13: Live!Pontus is live in the Kizlan stage.
Sat 16:05 - Recce notes: SS13Kizlan 2, 13.30km. New for 2019, Kizlan is the quickest stage of the weekend and uses wind farm service roads. There are several big jumps early on before the wide roads give way to a narrower and technical forest section, which contains a rockier surface. It quickly reverts to wider and smoother roads, with little variation to the finish.
Sat 16:04 - Standby: SS13Tidemand is on the line and ready to go. Recce notes for the final stage of the day coming up...
Sat 15:55 - Up next: SS13The final stage of Saturday here in Turkey. Pontus Tidemand will start at 1606hrs.
Sat 15:54 - WRC 2 Pro after SS12 - Rally Turkey1.Greensmith 03:26:17.5 2.Kopecky +52.9s 3.Rovanpera +28:46.4
Sat 15:54 - Overall after SS12 - Rally Turkey1.Ogier 03:12:51.5 2.Lappi +4.7s 3.Mikkelsen +01:13.7 4.Suninen +01:25.5 5.Sordo +02:20.4 6.Meeke +02:58.6
Sat 15:53 - SS12: KajetanowiczKajto has a huge lead in the WRC 2 category, and he's through this stage in one piece - just! "We are fighting in WRC 2, not Pro. If i will fight with the guys in the Pro category then I will try to win!"
Sat 15:50 - SS12: RovanperaToday is just about gaining experience for Kalle - he's not in the fight for a win anymore. "Really rough. It's a nice stage but it's really rutted so I was careful."
Sat 15:47 - SS12: GreensmithThe youngster loses 14.5s to Kopecky on this stage. He was allocated a notional time for SS11 after being stuck in Kopecky's dust, so now leads the category by almost a minute. "We've got no spares. Today is about getting to the end and then we can challenge if we need to tomorrow."
Sat 15:43 - SS12: KopeckyJan lost the WRC 2 Pro lead in the previous stage with a puncture. He sets a time of 07:17.0 in this one. "It's difficult for us but we will try - that's all I can say."
Sat 15:41 - SS12: LappiHe's dropped +6.9s to Ogier that overshoot and he slips down to 2nd position. "It's still okay. On a steep downhill I stalled the car on the downhill braking and we overshot the hairpin because there power steering."
Sat 15:37 - SS12: OgierSeb isn't the quickest here, but he doesn't need to be. He could pass his teammate to take the lead after this test. "The previous one was so abrasive and there was a lot of tyre wear. It is so rough in this one that I drove very carefully."
Sat 15:36 - Lappi makes a mistakeThe rally leader stopped very briefly at the 4km point with a small overshoot at a hairpin! Looks like he might lose the lead here!
Sat 15:34 - SS12: NeuvilleThierry really pushing hard: he goes fastest by -6.3s. "I had a good, clean stage. There is a lot of ruts and you need to keep the car in them. We still need to keep going - all it takes is for someone to have a puncture or a small spin and we can be there again."
Sat 15:31 - SS12: SuninenThe Finn goes second quickest here, but he's completely ripped off the front splitter of his Fiesta WRC in the process. That could hamper him in the next stage, which is quite fast. "It's cost maybe ten seconds or something - I had quite bad understeer."
Sat 15:28 - SS12: MikkelsenAndreas can't quite match the pace of his teammate: +1.2s slower than Sordo. "It was okay. I tried to save my tyres a bit for the last stage."
Sat 15:25 - SS12: SordoDani takes more time from the Toyotas on this stage and extends his gap to Kris Meeke to almost forty-seconds. "I was a little scared of the tyres. I saw the Toyota tyres before the stage and I knew they were already worse at the back. I think we need to take it a bit carefully on the next stage and try to hold our position."
Sat 15:22 - SS12: MeekeKris and Seb go fastest so far by -7.6s. "They are faster than us this weekend. We need to get stronger in this type of rally but, okay, we have to use what we've got at the moment."
Sat 15:20 - SS12: LatvalaJari-Matti is one-tenth slower than Tidemand in here! Nevertheless, he's here in one piece. "My tyres are pretty done so I had to back off a bit here. It was a lot rougher than I thought and we need to survive the last stage of the loop. Unfortunately I was too hard on the tyres and I tried too hard on the long one."
Sat 15:16 - SS12: TidemandPontus completes safely. He only took five tyres for this loop and will be struggling with wear now. "It was still slippery, but it's a very nice stage so I enjoyed it!"
Sat 15:08 - SS12: Live!Tidemand is underway in the penultimate stage of the day.
Sat 15:07 - Recce notes: SS12Datca 2, 8.75km. Datca is Rally Turkey's signature stage. There are stunning picture-postcard views of the Mediterranean in the second half of the test but it also offers so much more. Fast and flowing roads, tight and twisty sections, rough and smooth gravel and an amazing descent towards the sea ensure this is a classic. Last year's final 2km inland section has been cut out.
Sat 15:06 - Toyota announce what caused Tanak's retirementThe team at Toyota have confirmed that Ott's retirement was due to ECU failure.
Sat 15:04 - Standby: SS12Crews are gathering at the start control: Pontus Tidemand's start time is 1508hrs. Recce notes coming up...
Sat 14:45 - WRC 2 Pro after SS11 - Rally Turkey Jan Kopecky suffers a rear puncture and loses his lead. Gus Greensmith also picked up a rear puncture, luckily he was only one kilometre from the finish. 1.Greensmith 03:19:21.2 2.Kopecky 32.2s 3.Rovanpera 28:21.4
Sat 14:43 - Up next: SS12The penultimate stage of the day. The repeat of Datca starts at 1508hrs (local time).
Sat 14:41 - Andolfi stopped brieflyFabio stopped at the 18.5km point in the stage, but he's back underway now.
Sat 14:36 - Overall after SS11 - Rally Turkey1.Lappi 03:05:43.0 2.Ogier +2.2s 3.Mikkelsen +01:15.1 4.Suninen +01:28.2 5.Sordo +02:23.5 6.Latvala +02:56.6
Sat 14:34 - SS11: LappiOur rally leader drops 7.8s to Ogier and now leads by just -2.2s from his teammate. His front tyres are ruined too! "It felt quite horrible at the end. Are they just overheated or do I have a slick on the front..? Still, I have two spares so it's fine."
Sat 14:31 - SS11: OgierThe Frenchman is on a flyer! -8.0s faster than Neuville. He's having a good look at his tyres. "2 spares was needed this afternoon because we have 2 slicks on the front!"
Sat 14:28 - SS11: NeuvilleThierry's pushing hard to make up for his off this morning. He manages to better Mikkelsen's time by -6.8s. "I will drive and see if somebody has a problem and maybe we can catch positions."
Sat 14:26 - Kopecky updateHe's back on the move, but dropped 2-minutes. Looks like a wheel change.
Sat 14:25 - SS11: SuninenThat's a big improvement on this morning's run. Just five-tenths off Mikkelsen's pace. The Finn's tyres look better than the other crews'. "I was really doing my best and I tried to push but it wasn't enough. I tried to save the tyres."
Sat 14:23 - Kopecky stoppedJan Kopecky, our WRC 2 Pro leader has stopped 14.6km into the stage. More info as we have it.
Sat 14:22 - SS11: MikkelsenAndreas is driving exceptionally well here this weekend and he pulls another -5.6s out of his teammate on this speed test. "I guess the tyres are quite used but we have two new tyres so it should be fine."
Sat 14:19 - SS11: SordoA great run for Dani - fastest by -7.4s. Not much left on his tyres either! "How are they tyres of the others...? I have two new ones..."
Sat 14:16 - SS11: MeekeIt will be important for our crews to manage their tyres this afternoon, although the remaining stages are shorter. Meeke drops 2.2s to his teammate, but his tyres look to be in much better condition than Jari's. "The objective is not Jari, it's Dani. I had a good stage and I couldn't have done more to be honest."
Sat 14:13 - SS11: LatvalaJari-Matti goes a full -37.8s quicker than Tidemand. He's straight out of the car at the stage end to have a look at his tyres! They are pretty worn out already. "It's very very hot - luckily we have two spares so we should be okay."
Sat 14:11 - SS11: TidemandWe have our first driver through the stage in one piece. Pontus Tidemand sets the benchmark of 26:25.2. "It's a bit cleaner now, but a bit more rough. Not too extreme but it is a nice stage - it's hard to find a good pace but also to look after the tyres."
Sat 14:05 - Splits updateAll of our crews except from Lappi are now live in the stage. Mikkelsen's first split is looking good, fastest so far.
Sat 13:53 - Splits watchLatvala -11.6s quicker than Tidemand to the first split.
Sat 13:46 - Tyres for the afternoon loopTidemand has opted for 5x hard compound Michelin LTX Force tyres. The rest of our crews have all chosen to take 6x hard compound tyres.
Sat 13:44 - SS11: Live!Pontus Tidemand is live in stage once again behind the wheel of his Ford Fiesta WRC.
Sat 13:43 - Recce notes: SS11Yesilbelde 2, 33.00km. It's a tough start to the afternoon with another long and demanding test. It runs alongside the coast for long sections in the second half, with dramatic views to the sea below in the final few kilometres. Its open and smooth initially before becoming rougher, but it's not until the midpoint that drivers encounter a straight worthy of the name. The opening 1.44km are new for this year.
Sat 13:42 - We're backAnd we're almost ready to start the afternoon loop. SS11 is about to begin, with Pontus Tidemand opening the road. Recce notes coming up...
Sat 12:40 - Coming up this afternoonAfter a 40-minute service here in Marmaris, our WRC runners will head back out for a repeat loop of this morning's stages. Yesilbelde 2 kicks off at 1343hrs (local time).
Sat 12:17 - WRC 2 after SS10 - Rally Turkey1.Kajetanowicz 02:50:34.6 2.Bulacia +03:09.1 3.Andolfi +04:41.8 4.Solberg +15:24.0 5.Cukarova +20:35.4
Sat 12:00 - Up next: serviceOur crews will shortly be arriving back at the service park here in Marmaris.
Sat 11:54 - WRC 2 Pro after SS10 - Rally Turkey1.Kopecky 02:50:55.2 2.Greensmith +01:10.7 3.Rovanpera +29:56.2
Sat 11:52 - Overall after SS10 - Rally Turkey1.Lappi 02:40:15.6 2.Ogier +10.0s 3.Mikkelsen +01:08.1 4.Suninen +01:20.7 5.Sordo +02:10.9 6.Latvala +02:36.6
Sat 11:51 - SS10: GreensmithGus edges another 3.5sec out of Kopecky here, but still lies over minute behind him overall. "It's been pretty good. We are closing the gap, not as much as it needs to be but I think there's nothing more we can do. I was a bit sideways in that stage and scrubbed a lot of speed off in places, so the time was pretty awful in my opinion."
Sat 11:48 - SS10: KopeckyJan leads our WRC 2 Pro category after this morning's loop. "The first two stages we knew from last year but this one is new. It was a bit like New Zealand and I was struggling to find a good rhythm in there!"
Sat 11:43 - SS10: LappiIt's a fastest time for Esapekka, and he extends his rally lead to 10.0sec after SS10. "It's been a trouble-free morning. The pace has been consistent. On the first one I couldn't match Seb at all and he used the tyres very well. For sure, it gives us confidence that we are in a good way on gravel - unfortunately we have a lot of work to do on tarmac - but on gravel it is good. Still, we have a lot of work to do but it is not over yet."
Sat 11:41 - SS10: OgierSeb goes fourth fastest here. He's in a comfortable second position heading back to service. "I think the tyres were a bit on the limit but it worked out. There is no reason to take risks but there are still some very rough conditions to go through so it is not over."
Sat 11:39 - SS10: NeuvilleNot the morning that Thierry was hoping for, but he's the fastest man through this one at the moment. "We have seen so many situations between us three this season for the championship it is crazy. I don't know why we had four-minute gaps yesterday and then today it is three. For sure, things like this will happen and we are lucky that it was a slow corner. "
Sat 11:36 - SS10: SuninenTeemu is safely through, dropping +5.4s to Mikkelsen's pace on the Kizlan test. "I don't know what the results are, but it looks like Meeke is pretty fast. We will try to improve for the second loop. Let's keep going and try to find a rhythm with the driving!"
Sat 11:33 - SS10: MikkelsenAndreas rounds out a great morning in his Hyundai and sets the pace so far. "The speed has been good, apart from the stall where I lost five seconds. It has been perfect to be honest. We are feeling great in the car so we're looking forward to this afternoon."
Sat 11:30 - SS10: SordoDani goes second fastest so far in this one. "It was difficult. There was a lot of gravel but we took two softs and we couldn't use them here because we damaged one on the last stage."
Sat 11:25 - SS10: MeekeKris drops 17.5s to Jari-Matti in this on and slips behind his teammate in the overall standings by one-tenth! It sounds like he has had a small issue early in the stage. "I had a spin and had to come back on the road. Not a great morning to be honest - no speed and we can't do much more. I don't know what we can do to be honest but we have some work to do, especially on this type of rally."
Sat 11:18 - SS10: LatvalaJari-Matti makes it to the end of this one with a time that is -22.7s faster than Pontus. "The grip was slightly better on the middle stage. On the fast stuff the feeling in the car is quite good. In that one I drove like Ari Vatanen! Really aggressive - I don't know if the time was good but at least it was spectacular!"
Sat 11:16 - SS10: TidemandPontus completes with a time of 07:47.1. He'll be on his way back to the Marmaris service park where the M-Sport team will give the car a good check over."
Sat 11:15 - Tanak on his retirement"Just came here and nothing happens. We cannot fire it up. Something electrical. No (indication). Five kilometres ago we stop and start and nothing like this happened. There is no need to control everything now. It is back to the fight now in Wales. Difficult to fight for a championship if we have issues like that....!"
Sat 11:08 - Recce notes: SS10Kizlan 1, 13.30km. New for 2019, Kizlan is the quickest stage of the weekend and uses wind farm service roads. There are several big jumps early on before the wide roads give way to a narrower and technical forest section, which contains a rockier surface. It quickly reverts to wider and smoother roads, with little variation to the finish.
Sat 11:06 - SS10: Live!Pontus Tidemand is live in the Kizlan stage. Recce notes coming up...
Sat 11:04 - Kaj Lindstrom on Ott Tanak's retirement"The engineers were talking with Ott on the phone. We believe it is ECU-related or some wiring issue but when we get the car back we will know more. At the moment it is a disappointment that it happened."
Sat 10:56 - Up next: SS10Crews will start the final stage of the loop - Kizlan 1 - at 1106hrs.
Sat 10:56 - WRC 2 Pro after SS9 - Rally Turkey1.Kopecky 02:43:06.4 2.Greensmith +01:14.2 3.Rovanpera +30:08.7
Sat 10:55 - Overall after SS9 - Rally Turkey1.Lappi 02:32:58.9 2.Ogier +2.2s 3.Mikkelsen +01:04.0 4.Suninen +01:11.2 5.Sordo +01:56.1 6.Meeke +02:11.5
Sat 10:53 - SS9: RovanperaA tough weekend so far for Kalle, who rejoined after suffering three punctures in one loop on Friday. "This one was quite nice - if we could drive a bit faster! It's still quite nice."
Sat 10:50 - SS9: GreensmithGus takes -3.3s out of Kopecky here in the new Ford Fiesta R5. "We're taking time out of Jan every stage but the gap is big. I'm just going to keep doing my own thing."
Sat 10:47 - SS9: KopeckyJan sets the benchmark for our WRC 2 Pro runners with a 07:24.7 on this stage. "This one is nice on the first pass. There are no big rocks so we can enjoy. I think it will be worse on the second but I hope it will not be as much of a catastrophe as yesterday."
Sat 10:44 - Tanak retires for the dayWe can confirm that our championship leader will not go any further today. A real shame for Ott and Martin.
Sat 10:43 - SS9: LappiHe's done enough to stay ahead! Esapekka goes -1.2s faster than his teammate. "I had better tyres than Seb! It seems Andreas is in good form as well."
Sat 10:40 - SS9: OgierSeb is second quickest, +1.8s behind Mikkelsen. Let's see what Lappi can do. "It's still a long day. Last year I struggled a lot on this day so let's do it. We count only at the end of tomorrow."
Sat 10:38 - SS9: NeuvilleThierry needs a good recovery after his off in the last stage. He drops +6.8s here. "I don't know what I can say. We are putting so much effort in but I couldn't do anything - I couldn't see a metre in front of the car."
Sat 10:35 - SS9: SuninenTeemu brings his Ford Fiesta WRC to the end with fifth fastest time so far and he drops behind Mikkelsen in the results. "That was bad driving from me. It's not so easy to change the rhythm from saving the car to going flat out."
Sat 10:31 - SS9: MikkelsenAndreas is on a charge: he edges his teammate's time by -2.2s. "I didn't have a great start to the stage as I made some mistakes at the beginning. It's okay."
Sat 10:28 - SS9: SordoAnother good run from Dani - fastest by -8.9s so far. "It was good. The stage before was so bad with the dust and six tyres. I tried to do a good stage and the time is not so bad, so it's okay!"
Sat 10:26 - SS9: MeekeWith Tanak missing, Kris is next to complete this test. He's four-tenths slower than Latvala. He jokes with our end of stage reporter Emyr Penlan at the finish.
Sat 10:20 - Tanak updateHe should have started the stage by now - he's still stopped on the road section. Frantic moments for the Toyota crew.
Sat 10:19 - SS9: Latvala Jari-Matti has a clean stage to go -7.0s faster than Tidemand. "I tried to soften the car so it was a bit better. It is difficult because the car is not turning and I have to be very aggressive which is not ideal."
Sat 10:17 - SS9: TidemandOnly a short stage this one. Tidemand completes with a time of 07:22.9. "It is fantastic. I really enjoyed it, for sure it is very loose so I think time-wise we will be no where."
Sat 10:13 - Tanak in troubleHe's due to start the stage in two minutes, but his Toyota is stopped on the road section 4km away. It looks like they are struggling to get the car started.
Sat 10:08 - SS9: Live!Pontus Tidemand is live in the Datca stage.
Sat 10:07 - Recce notes: SS9Datca 1, 8.75km. Datca is Rally Turkey's signature stage. There are stunning picture postcard views of the Mediterranean in the second half of the test but it also offers so much more. Fast and flowing roads, tight and twisty sections, rough and smooth gravel and an amazing descent towards the sea ensure this is a classic. Last year's final 2km inland section has been cut out.
Sat 10:05 - Standby: SS9Pontus Tidemand is on the line awaiting his start time of 1008hrs. Recce notes coming up...
Sat 10:04 - WRC 2 after SS8 - Rally TurkeyFabio Andolfi takes the stage win on Saturday's opener. 1.Kajetanowicz 02:35:25.0 2.Bulacia 03:02.2 3.Andolfi 04:24.6 4.Salvi 14:17.5 5.Solberg 14:51.1
Sat 09:50 - Up next: SS9Crews are on their way to the Datca test which is a much shorter test. The actions gets going at 1008hrs (local time).
Sat 09:46 - WRC 2 Pro after SS8 - Rally TurkeyRovanpera goes fastest by one-tenth over Greensmith. Overall, it looks like this: 1.Kopecky 02:35:41.7 2.Greensmith 01:17.5 3.Rovanpera 30:09.3
Sat 09:40 - Overall after SS8 - Rally Turkey1.Lappi 02:25:53.0 2.Ogier +1.0s 3.Suninen +01:00.7 4.Mikkelsen +01:04.6 5.Sordo +01:54.5 6.Meeke +02:01.1
Sat 09:38 - SS8: LappiEsapekka dropping 16.7s to his teammate, and his lead is now just one-second! "I am fine with that. It's okay - no drama. The bonnet was coming open, I think it was shaking so much that the pin jumped out. Seb has set a crazy time! I am not so good at managing the tyre wear so I can not use mediums."
Sat 09:36 - SS8: NeuvilleA nightmare start - he plunges to ninth. The damage to his front-end is only light. "A very slow left in the dust and I couldn't see the corner. There was a stone that put me off the road so I had to try to come back on."
Sat 09:34 - SS8: OgierSeb passed Neuville in the stage and he's set a storming time: -17.2s faster than Mikkelsen. He could take the rally lead here! "I tried to save the tyres for the stage and so far the time looks good!"
Sat 09:28 - SS8: SuninenThe M-Sport man second fastest so far, but he still drops over 15-seconds to Mikkelsen. "It felt really slippery and I was really struggling with the tyres. I am not sure if I overheated the tyres but I don't know the time."
Sat 09:26 - Neuville damageOur in-stage crews are reporting some damage to the front end of Thierry's Hyundai. He has lost over 4-minutes.
Sat 09:25 - SS8: MikkelsenWhat a stage! Andreas fastest so far by a whopping -24.9s! A brilliant start to his day. "We had a stall as well. It was difficult, there was a lot of dust and I missed a turn because I couldn't see where I was going. We lost five seconds I guess."
Sat 09:23 - SS8: SordoDani clears the stage with third fastest time so far. "For me it was a really bad stage. There was a lot of dust and the car was moving a lot so I thought I was going to lose over thirty seconds. The time is okay."
Sat 09:21 - Neuville updateHe's back on the move and has rejoined the stage behind Sebastien Ogier.
Sat 09:20 - SS8: MeekeNot a bad start from Kris, but he drops +3.6s to Ott in here. "Can you tell me what slippy is?! Tricky stages - lots of dust and we struggled to see in some of the fast sections. It went on forever!"
Sat 09:17 - Neuville stoppedThierry has stopped 17km into the stage! More information as we have it.
Sat 09:16 - SS8: TanakOur championship leader is safely through. Today will be about trying to climb back up the leaderboard. He's the fastest so far. "From this position we have no chance. It's loose and slippery and tricky so not a great feeling."
Sat 09:14 - SS8: LatvalaJML goes -27.6s faster than Pontus Tidemand here. "Not a good feeling. My car is too stiff for conditions like this and I struggled with the braking and the turning. I have set my car up for clean roads so it doesn't work here and the dust is difficult in some places."
Sat 09:13 - Neuville splitThierry is -5.6s up on his teammate at the first split! Looks like full attack mode from the Belgian.
Sat 09:12 - Mikkelsen stopped brieflyOur tracking showed Andreas stopped briefly 16.6km into the stage. He got going again quickly so it could just be a half spin.
Sat 09:11 - SS8: TidemandA nice, long stage to get the day up and running. Pontus stops the clocks at 27:03.3. "For me it was very loose. I really enjoyed it, it was fun but I think for the time it was not so good - very slippery!"
Sat 09:06 - Mikkelsen on a flyerLooks like a committed drive on this morning's opener - Andreas is -6.2s faster than Ott Tanak's time to the first split point!
Sat 09:04 - Splits update At the 15km split point, Tanak is the fastest man so far. Meeke +4.2s, Latvala +9.2s
Sat 08:56 - Tyres for the morning loopHere's what our Michelin WRC runners have opted for this morning. Tidemand/Suninen/Neuville/Mikkelsen/Tanak/Meeke/Latvala:5x hard. Sordo:4x hard, 2x medium. Ogier:3x medium, 2x hard. Lappi:4x hard, 1x medium.
Sat 08:52 - Splits watchTidemand, Latvala, Tanak and Meeke all into the stage. Latvala -7.2s up on Tidemand to the 8.79km split point.
Sat 08:43 - SS8: Live! Pontus Tidemand gets the action underway in his Ford Fiesta WRC.
Sat 08:42 - Recce notes: SS8Yesilbelde 1, 33.00km. It's a tough start to Saturday with another long and demanding test. It runs alongside the coast for long sections in the second half, with dramatic views to the sea below in the final few kilometres. It's open and smooth initially before becoming rougher, but it's not until the midpoint that drivers encounter a straight worthy of the name. The opening 1.44km are new.
Sat 08:41 - Standby: SS8Crews are gathering at the start control. Pontus Tidemand's start time is 0843hrs. Recce notes coming up...
Sat 08:38 - Start intervalsThree-minute gaps between our crews today.
Sat 08:35 - Running order for todayReverse rally classification order today, which means Pontus Tidemand will open the road. 1.Tidemand 2.Latvala 3.Tanak 4.Meeke 5.Sordo 6.Mikkelsen 7.Suninen 8.Neuville 9.Ogier 10.Lappi
Sat 08:34 - WeatherIt's another hot day here in Marmaris. Temperatures currently read 27 degrees-centigrade with few clouds in the sky. There is no rain forecast today.
Sat 08:32 - Saturday's itineraryA shorter day for our crews. Two loops of three stages will make up the action. First up is the Yesilbelde test which starts at 0843hrs.
Sat 08:31 - Saturday's vital statsHere's what's on the itinerary. Start: 0757hrs (first car into service). Number of stages: 6. Stage distance: 110.10km. Finish: 1812hrs (first car into parc ferme).
Sat 08:30 - So, what's happening?It's the rally's second full day. Esapekka Lappi heads the field with a 17.7sec lead over Sebastien Ogier. A charging Thierry Neuville is 0.7sec further back in third. In WRC 2 Pro, Jan Kopecky leads by over one-minute from Gus Greensmith despite being challenged by punctures yesterday, and Kajetan Kajetanowicz is out in front in WRC 2.
Sat 08:29 - We're liveAt wrc.com and the WRC app with all the news from the championship's eleventh round.
Sat 08:28 - Good morningAnd welcome back to our live text coverage of Rally Turkey.
Fri 19:09 - Until thenKeep an eye on wrc.com for all the latest news and analysis, and don't forget WRC+ All Live for stage recaps and loads of exclusive extras. Bye for now.
Fri 19:08 - Join us on SaturdayFor day 3 of Rally Turkey. As the fight for the rally lead hots up, our crews will tackle six stages covering 110 kilometres. The action will get underway with the Yesilbelde stage, which kicks off at 0850hrs (local time).
Fri 19:07 - Stages completeAnd that's where we will end our live text coverage for tonight.
Fri 19:06 - Media Zone: Lappi"I am smiling all the time! It's good to be back in service - to be honest I am surprised about how little drama we have had. I haven't followed all the details but it was so rough, it's crazy. On this rally you are never pushing flat out and this pace seems to be fine with me - I can do what I want with the car so everything is good so far. Normally I am not so competitive on narrow and twisty roads, especially when it goes uphill and downhill, but today was different so we need to be satisfied with that. I will try to take the confidence from today but it will be the same strategy tomorrow. 17-seconds is nothing so it is a bonus that we are ahead of the other guys. We'll just keep doing what we are doing and see how we get on."
Fri 18:40 - Media Zone: Ogier"It was challenging, as expected. The rain spiced it up a little bit more but I think it was more tricky because of the roughness of the stages than because of the rain. I am happy to be here tonight. We damaged our front lip in the first stage which probably cost us a bit of time in the fast sections. I am happy with the day, we are in a good fight with Thierry and now the car needs to get fixed overnight ready for a big push tomorrow. I think the conditions will be a little less rough overall, but there will still be some places similar today."
Fri 18:37 - Media Zone: Neuville"Obviously a really difficult morning for us - fighting like hell and we weren’t able to set any good times. This afternoon in the rough the car was much less all over the place and so we were able to set good times. Tomorrow we will have a better road position so the times and feelings will be better. There are different stages and different profiles so hopefully, we are going to enjoy tomorrow as we did this afternoon."
Fri 18:02 - Up next: media zoneOur crews are heading back to the Marmaris service area. We'll catch up with the top-three in the media zone in around half an hour.
Fri 17:56 - WRC 2 Pro after day 2 - Rally Turkey1.Kopecky 02:08:57.6 2.Greensmith +01:02.3
Fri 17:55 - Overall after day 2 - Rally Turkey1.Lappi 01:59:53.7 2.Ogier +17.7s 3.Neuville +18.4s 4.Suninen +44.4s 5.Mikkelsen +01:04.1 6.Sordo +01:25.2
Fri 17:54 - SS7: KajetanowiczKajto will be happy with his day - he holds a commanding overnight lead in the WRC 2 category. "Now we have a test before the Safari! I am not pushing now, we are just cruising. It's strange but we are having fun in these conditions. We need to go to service and check the car."
Fri 17:51 - SS7: KopeckyJan completes the first full day and holds onto the WRC 2 Pro lead despite numerous punctures. His lead is now over a minute.
Fri 17:48 - SS7: GreensmithA challenging day for the Fiesta R5 crew but they make it to the end in one piece. "I didn't realise how much of a lottery it was going to be. This afternoon has been much better - we've taken a minute or so out of Jan. We'll go again tomorrow."
Fri 17:44 - SS7: TidemandSo, that's all ten of our World Rally Cars safely through the day. Pontus is happy with his progress. "A very tricky day - a lot to learn for sure. Now we are missing the front lip on the car and you can really feel it."
Fri 17:42 - SS7: LappiEsapekka is safely through and he will be a happy man. His overnight lead is -17.7s. "That's cool! This was very tricky with the cold hard tyres. It was very slippery but we managed. A very good day with no dramas so far - the car has been strong and since we stiffened up the front it has been nice. 17-seconds is a lot in Finland, but on this rally even one-minute is not a lot. It's good to be in this position but anything can happen."
Fri 17:38 - SS7: SordoDani on an absolute flyer! Looks like he has the right tyres for this test: fastest by -10.9s to pass Meeke and Tanak! "It was the only stage where you can drive a little bit! We had some problems with the turbo. The stage was nice and the balance of the car was unbelievable - so, so nice. This is interesting - the only target is to take some manufacturer points. If we can stay in front of the Toyotas it will be nice at the end."
Fri 17:35 - SS7: SuninenA consistent day for the M-Sport hotshot - Teemu just +2.4s slower than Latvala in this final stage. "I am pleased - I think there is a lot of jobs for the mechanics and we need to work on the chassis to fix some holes on the car! The car feels nice and we are looking forward to tomorrow."
Fri 17:32 - SS7: LatvalaJari-Matti pushing hard to make up for his time losses in the last speed test. Fastest so far by -1.6s. "It's been very very difficult. I didn't expect to have things like that. We lost the bumper and hit a rock then got a puncture. When the rain came, the tyres were not the best and we lost a minute there. I think for the sport, it is very exciting at the moment."
Fri 17:29 - SS7: MikkelsenAndreas had a really strong morning in the Hyundai but dropped to fifth this afternoon. Third fastest here so far. "We did our best and tried to survive with the tyres we had. The rain hit in the last stage but the tyres were so far gone that we couldn't take advantage of the mediums that we had anyway."
Fri 17:26 - SS7: MeekeA solid stage to end a difficult afternoon for Kris and Seb. +4.0s slower than Neuville in here. "We had loads of problems heading into the long stage - we had no jacking point left so I knew if I had a puncture then we would be out of the rally. We had to back off and we lost a lot of time but I'm glad to be here."
Fri 17:23 - SS7: OgierA good day for Seb - he's in the fight for the rally win and will be planning to attack tomorrow. "It's better than nothing. We struggled a bit at the end of the day with having no front lip on these fast stages. I am happy to be here - it was very rough and we didn't have too much trouble at least."
Fri 17:21 - SS7: NeuvilleA good afternoon Thierry, who set a scorching time on the penultimate stage of the day. -2.5s quicker than Tanak here. "I did not care about anything - I knew if the rain didn't come that I would lose time but it paid off. Still this morning I am not happy with the car - when we are running first on the road we have no grip."
Fri 17:17 - SS7: TanakDay 2 complete for Ott - he sets a time of 12:44.3. "It was crazy. For sure, it is a long way to go but still not the afternoon we were looking for. We will continue."
Fri 17:15 - Splits watchThere's much less in it on this one! Neuville -0.7s up on Tanak to the first split point. We've got five of our crews into the stage so far.
Fri 17:03 - SS7: Live!Ott Tanak launches his Yaris into the stage.
Fri 17:02 - Recce notes: SS7Ula 2, 16.57km. Another test that begins with twists and turns on roads that alternate between rough and smooth. A couple of small crests hide corners immediately afterwards that could pose problems. The road narrows at 7km ahead of a twisty new section which contains plenty of long corners. It dives into the trees for the final third, before dropping quickly to the finish.
Fri 17:00 - Standby: SS7Ott Tanak is ready to start the final stage of the day at 1703hrs. Recce notes coming up...
Fri 16:51 - Up next: SS7The final stage of the loop! The action will start at 1703hrs (local time).
Fri 16:48 - WRC 2 Pro after SS6 - Rally Turkey1.Kopecky 01:55:48.2 2.Greensmith 01:08.4
Fri 16:48 - Overall after SS6 - Rally Turkey1.Lappi 01:47:10.6 2.Ogier +14.9s 3.Neuville +19.7s 4.Suninen +44.9s 5.Mikkelsen +01:02.0 6.Meeke +01:29.4
Fri 16:48 - Solberg updateHe's back on the move.
Fri 16:46 - SS6: KopeckyJan drops +52.6s to Greensmith in this test, but he still has a comfortable lead overall. "It's not a good afternoon for us. The car is not working and we have no spare wheels left so we have to just drive through. I really don't enjoy this rally."
Fri 16:42 - SS6: GreensmithNo punctures for Gus this time! He stops the clocks at 30:32.2. "The rain came down and at the end it was like glass. We're at the end and no punctures so I am happy!"
Fri 16:38 - SS6: TidemandPontus will be glad to be clear of that one! He drops 01:15.6 to Neuville's benchmark. "It was quite heavy rain and it was very slippery. I would say it was even more slippery than Wales!"
Fri 16:36 - Bulacia stoppedThe youngster was lying 2nd in WRC 2, but he's stopped at the 12.3km point.
Fri 16:36 - Solberg stoppedHenning has stopped 14.7km into the stage.
Fri 16:34 - SS6: LappiThat's a great time for Esapekka, dropping just +7.6s to Neuville and extending his rally lead over Ogier. "That was quite slippery! The first 20km was okay but then it became muddy. It's a bit like Wales, you just wait to see what will happen. I locked the wheels under braking and the car stalled and was just sailing like a boat! Very crazy."
Fri 16:31 - SS6: SordoDani brings his Hyundai i20 WRC with fourth fastest so far, +39.4s slower than his teammate. "It was raining in the stage - it was very slippery and I don't have a lot of tyres. Honestly, I just tried to finish. I lost a lot of power in the engine and I'm not sure why - maybe the turbo isn't working."
Fri 16:28 - SS6: SuninenThat's Teemu safely through, but he struggles on hard tyres in these conditions. "Really bad. We lost a lot of time and it started to rain quite a lot. All the tyres were more or less slicks so it is worrying how much time we lost."
Fri 16:25 - SS6: LatvalaThe rain has really given things a shake up. JML also drops a lot of time to Neuville, +53.7s off the pace. "We had hard tyres and we lost the front. The front tyre was worn out so when the rain was here at the end I had no chance - it was impossible to drive fast. Very disappointing."
Fri 16:23 - SS6: MikkelsenA poor run for Andreas as well! He loses +57.2s to his teammate. "It was like ice and we had no tyres left - the wrong tyre choice as well. I tried my best not to get punctures and we managed, but it was sliding around like we were on ice."
Fri 16:20 - SS6: MeekeHis Toyota looks a bit second-hand! The Toyota man drops over a minute to Neuville and he doesn't look happy. "I had no grip. I started the stage with little rubber and my only objective was to finish. The rain came and it was like driving on ice."
Fri 16:15 - SS6: OgierSeb will be glad to make it through unscathed. 10.0s slower than Neuville's time. "The end was difficult because it started to rain and it was very slippery. We lost a bit to Thierry but we have the medium tyres for the next one."
Fri 16:12 - SS6: NeuvilleThierry completes trouble-free, -01:18.5 quicker than poor Ott Tanak. "Very tricky conditions. I got a puncture before the stage and I had to swap to a soft tyre. Obviously, I didn't think about it and just pushed hard. Thank you to the team for the good weather information."
Fri 16:10 - SS6: TanakAn absolute nightmare for Ott - a front right puncture. He will drop a lot of time to the pack with his time of 29:18.4. "I don't know. Just a puncture."
Fri 16:08 - Toyota strugglingNot a good stage for the Toyota crews so far: Kris Meeke has dropped even more time than Ott Tanak at the half way split, and Jari-Matti Latvala's splits are looking slower than usual too!
Fri 16:05 - Tanak updateHis Yaris seems to be handling very badly and he is having to pull the handbrake for many of the left-handers.
Fri 15:58 - Tanak dropping timeHe's dropping more than a second per kilometre to Thierry Neuville! He might have an issue - these stages are very hard on the cars.
Fri 15:54 - Meeke splitKris has dropped over nine seconds by the first split - a small moment early in the stage perhaps?
Fri 15:52 - Weather updateWe're starting to see a few small drips of rain near the beginning of the stage. It's dry in the middle, but raining heavily in the final section.
Fri 15:49 - Splits watchNeuville -4.2s up on Tanak to the 5.28km split, despite having a bit of a moment 3.4km into the stage! The rear of his Hyundai was on the very edge of the road.
Fri 15:42 - Tyres for this loopHere's a reminder of which compound of Michelin tyres our WRC runners have opted for this afternoon. Suninen/Tidemand/Lappi/Latvala: 6x hard. Ogier/Tanak/Meeke/Sordo: 4x hard, 2x medium. Neuville/Mikkelsen: 3x hard, 3x medium.
Fri 15:40 - SS6: Live!Ott Tanak is live in stage.
Fri 15:39 - Recce notes: SS6Cetibeli 2, 38.15km. The rally's longest stage is also one of the most difficult. It's rough and tough with both fast and slow sections. Add in plenty of rocks lining the road and there's a good chance some drivers won't make it out intact. There are so many changes between flowing wide roads and twisty rough tracks that it is impossible to remember them all and accurate pace notes are essential.
Fri 15:37 - Standby: SS6Ott Tanak is on the line and awaiting his start time of 1540hrs for the Cetibeli 2 stage. Recce notes coming up...
Fri 15:31 - WRC 2 after SS5 - Rally Turkey1.Kajetanowicz 01:23:49.8 2.Bulacia 39.8s 3.Solberg 01:44.4 4.Andolfi 05:34.9 5.Salvi 06:01.7
Fri 15:17 - Up next: SS6The repeat run of the Cetibeli stage kicks off at 1540hrs (local time).
Fri 15:15 - WRC 2 Pro after SS5 - Rally Turkey1.Kopecky 01:24:32.4 2.Greensmith +02:01.0
Fri 15:15 - Overall after SS5 - Rally Turkey1.Lappi 01:19:03.1 2.Mikkelsen +12.4s 3.Ogier +12.5s 4.Suninen +14.4s 5.Tanak +25.3s 6.Meeke +26.8s
Fri 15:14 - SS5: KajetanowiczOur WRC 2 leader completes with a time of 19:32.1. "It's hard to drive - it's not normal rally driving. It is like a slalom on a straight road!"
Fri 15:11 - SS5: KopeckyProblems for Jan in here too! He drops 24.0s to Greensmith with a rear left puncture. "It can happen anywhere - I think that these stages should only be run once."
Fri 15:10 - Gill stoppedGaurav Gill has stopped at 4.4km in his Fiesta R5.
Fri 15:08 - SS5: GreensmithGus sets the Pro category benchmark for this stage at 19:22.4 - he arrives at the end with a front puncture. "It's just a joke! The car is good but everything else...!
Fri 15:04 - SS5: TidemandA sensibly cautious approach from Pontus through here. 41.8s down on the leading pace. "We had a warning for a puncture at the beginning of the stage but we kept going and I don't think we did have one. It's tricky but we will keep going."
Fri 15:01 - SS5: LappiOur rally leader dropping is -4.5s slower than Meeke in this stage, but his lead is now -12.4s. "I have never seen this kind of stage. I had probably 15 huge hits on the car. I don't know if I have punctures because my display is not showing any pressures but, okay, we are here!"
Fri 14:58 - SS5: SordoA cautious approach from Dani. Remember, he picked up a puncture here this morning. +15.8s off the pace. "It's unbelievable - really really rough. I just drove slowly as you can see. It's very easy to puncture and we need to save the tyres for the longer stage."
Fri 14:55 - SS5: SuninenThe front splitter has ripped off, but he's still fourth fastest so far. "It felt good, but that is incredibly rough. We can not compare the times right now, we need to wait for the whole loop."
Fri 14:53 - SS5: LatvalaRotten luck for Jari-Matti. The front right tyre is destroyed and he drops +50.8s. The Finn looks agitated. "First we had a problem with the boot - I don't know if it was open or not because there was so much noise in the car so I struggled to hear the notes, then we hit a rock!"
Fri 14:51 - Suninen damageOur in-stage crews are reporting some front bumper damage to Teemu Suninen's Fiesta WRC.
Fri 14:48 - SS5: MikkelsenAndreas does his best to avoid any of the big rocks and drops +7.9s to Meeke. "No drama - it's very rough and I am trying to find what I believe is the right thing to do and to take care of the tyres as well."
Fri 14:48 - Latvala punctureJML has a front right puncture and a missing rear bumper in the stage! He's limping through to the end.
Fri 14:46 - SS5: MeekeDespite his stall, Kris still goes fastest so far by -1.6s! Impressive stuff. "I was stopped for five or six seconds at a hairpin!"
Fri 14:42 - SS5: OgierOur reigning world champion pushing his Citroen hard: just three-tenths down on Neuville. "We just have to hope that the rain is coming! We have the tyres if it rains!"
Fri 14:39 - SS5: NeuvilleThierry struggled with his car setup this morning, but he's -6.6s faster than Tanak here. "The conditions are completely different and the car is behaving much better. I don't know what tyres the other drivers have so we will have to see - there might be a surprise with the weather."
Fri 14:36 - SS5: TanakOtt is safely clear of this one, although the splits show that he's dropping time to his rivals. "A lot of loose rocks - generally it's not so rough but it's not nice."
Fri 14:30 - Meeke spinKris stalled his Yaris 4.2km into the stage. Hopefully not too much time lost!
Fri 14:25 - Splits watchNeuville -1.4s up on Tanak to the 5.95km split point.
Fri 14:19 - Start intervals3-minute gaps between our WRC runners this afternoon.
Fri 14:18 - SS5: Live!Ott Tanak is live in stage in his Yaris WRC.
Fri 14:17 - Recce notes: SS5Icmeler 2, 24.85km. Several asphalt sections interrupt the gravel in Icmeler, which is one of the rally's faster stages. There is a lot of gravel on the surface which will clean to expose the bedrock beneath and provide a tough test for tyres in the second pass. It is quick most of the way until the final kilometres which are twisty and uphill. The opening 5.90km are new for 2019 and feature narrow roads and hairpins.
Fri 14:16 - Standby: SS5Ott Tanak is getting ready to head into the Icmeler 2 test. His start time is 1417hrs. Recce notes coming up...
Fri 14:13 - Weather updateClouds are starting to gather over the Marmaris service park and we're hearing reports of rain in the Ula stage. It could get tricky!
Fri 14:07 - Welcome back To our live text coverage from Rally Turkey. We're getting ready to start the afternoon loop of three stages. Esapekka Lappi leads by 9-seconds from Andreas Mikkelsen with Jari-Matti Latvala in third. Jan Kopecky leads the WRC 2 Pro category whilst Kajetan Kajetanowicz head up our WRC 2 runners.
Fri 13:00 - Coming upAfter service, our crews will head out for a repeat of this morning's stages. The loop will begin with the Icmeler 2 test at 1417hrs (local time).
Fri 12:58 - Media Zone: Lappi"You need to be happy when you are leading! It's a gamble in the end - everybody is probably saying the same, but there are so many rocks and you can not avoid all of them - it's quite crazy sometimes. I would say we are driving at maybe 85%, it's not a big push from me but I am just trying to use my road cleaning advantage. I don't need to do anything differently, we will keep this kind of pace and try to be consistent with a safe but fast pace. I will not be disappointed if we are not leading after today - even if we are second then that is good!"
Fri 12:47 - Media Zone: Mikkelsen"It's been an okay loop, we are in the fight although I lost too much time on the last stage and I don't know exactly why. Maybe I was not aggressive enough and I was focussing too much on trying to stay in the lines. If there are stones in the wrong position on the road, it doesn't mean if you are attacking or just driving, it will cause a puncture. We have to keep our eyes open for the second loop. I don't know how the rain will affect the stages - this only our second time doing the rally and it is . usually dry and dusty. If you go with softer tyres, you will use a lot of rubber and it can give you less protection from punctures."
Fri 12:36 - Media Zone: Tanak"I believe we made the best tyre choice possible. The risk for one spare was not so high as we were opening the road. I haven't seen our weather guy yet so we need to speak in service. The long stage was tough - it's not so bad yet but in the second loop it will be very different. The car has been improving quite a lot over the past year - I can't say I enjoyed it but it is a lot better than last year."
Fri 11:53 - Up next: serviceOur crews are on their way back to the service park in Marmaris. The teams will have 40-minutes to check over the cars before they head back out for the afternoon loop.
Fri 11:47 - Overall after SS4 - Rally Turkey1.Lappi 01:00:52.8 2.Mikkelsen +9.0s 3.Latvala +13.0s 4.Ogier +15.1s 5.Suninen +16.6s 6.Tanak +21.6s
Fri 11:45 - SS4: TidemandPontus rounds out our WRC runners in his Fiesta WRC. A little bit of a moment for him on a tightening right hander! "It feels like we are going in the right direction - it's hard to know which strategy we should use but we will just keep going like this."
Fri 11:41 - SS4: LappiE.P seems to have found a good rhythm in his Citroen. +5.8s off Latvala's pace but he stays in the rally lead. "We have stayed out of trouble and had no dramas - the car is working well. In this one I was a little bit too safe."
Fri 11:37 - SS4: SordoA nightmare morning for Dani, who dropped time with a puncture on the day's opener. "It's a hard rally. A start like this is difficult, we are already at the back. We need to do the best that we can so let's see."
Fri 11:33 - SS4: SuninenA consistent run from Teemu and co-driver Jarmo Lehtinen this morning. They set the third fastest time so far. "It's been okay. It is so difficult to say because we can't be on the limit. We have been moving forward and we will try to stay away from any problems."
Fri 11:29 - SS4: LatvalaJari-Matti on another charge! Fastest through here by -5.0s, a brilliant time. "I was quite angry with myself at losing so much time on the long one but at least it saved our tyres to have a push in here."
Fri 11:25 - SS4: MikkelsenAndreas has had a strong morning in the Hyundai. He has a steady run through the Ula test. "I was on full hards but I should have used mediums in there definitely. It was a good stage, just no traction."
Fri 11:21 - SS4: MeekeKris is the slowest so far and he drops behind Neuville on the leaderboard. "I drove a good rhythm - bit surprised with the time. The afternoon is going to be tricky."
Fri 11:17 - SS4: OgierThe Citroen crew are not too far off the pace, dropping +1.6s to Neuville. "I think for sure it was not ideal because it compromised the strategy with the tyres. We only dropped four or five seconds but after that the loop was okay."
Fri 11:13 - SS4: NeuvilleA good time for Thierry to round out the morning as he goes -3.1s quicker than Tanak. "My car is not working to be honest. In this cleaning position I have no grip and no traction. A very bad morning for us - we tried hard in the car but the times are not coming."
Fri 11:09 - SS4: Tanak Ott sets the benchmark for us with a time of 12:29.7 on the final stage of the loop. "It's been difficult. This one was quite loose but it was smooth and a nice road. I think the tyre choice was good - no drama and the wear is fine."
Fri 11:07 - Splits watchThree cars into the stage so far. Neuville is -2.5s up on Tanak at the 9.42km split.
Fri 10:55 - SS4: Live!Ott Tanak gets us underway once more in the final stage of the loop.
Fri 10:55 - Recce notes: SS4Ula 1, 16.57km. Another test that begins with twists and turns on roads that alternate between rough and smooth. A couple of small crests hide corners immediately afterwards that could pose problems. The road narrows at 7km ahead of a twisty new section which contains plenty of long corners. It dives into the trees for the final third, before dropping quickly to the finish.
Fri 10:51 - Up next: SS4The Ula test will start at 1055hrs, with Ott Tanak opening the road as usual. Recce notes coming up...
Fri 10:50 - Andolfi time lossFabio dropping even more time in SS3 - perhaps yet another puncture?
Fri 10:50 - WRC 2 Pro after SS3 - Rally Turkey1.Kopecky 51:41.2 2.Greensmith +02:11.2 3.Rovanpera +05:33.1
Fri 10:49 - Overall after SS3 - Rally Turkey1.Lappi 48:25.4 2.Mikkelsen +2.1s 3.Ogier +14.3s 4.Suninen +16.8s 5.Latvala +18.8s 6.Tanak +19.3s
Fri 10:48 - SS3: GreensmithGus also drops time in this one, but at least he's made it to the end. "Puncture about 15km in. I was driving clean but it was just one of those things. I think there will be more punctures to come!"
Fri 10:45 - SS3: Rovanpera It's a right-rear puncture for the young Finn! "We changed one puncture at the front - I have no idea where I got it. I slowed down the pace because we had no spare tyres but there was a big rock that we hit. I think it is over for us today because we don't have any spare tyres left."
Fri 10:42 - Gill stopped in stageGaurav Gill has stopped at the 12km point.
Fri 10:38 - Rovanpera splitKalle has lost quite a bit of time at the 30km split point. Looks like he has hit more trouble.
Fri 10:38 - SS3: TidemandPontus makes it to the end of this one safely in his M-Sport machine.
Fri 10:33 - SS3: LappiA brilliant run for EP! A stage win here and he takes the rally lead by -2.1s.
Fri 10:31 - SS3: SordoDani has a much better stage - no punctures here! +8.2s slower than Mikkelsen.
Fri 10:27 - Greensmith stopped, on the move againGus stopped briefly at the 14.2km point but he's back on the move - just in front of Kopecky!
Fri 10:26 - SS3: SuninenThe M-Sport man goes third fastest in here with a time of 28:16.3.
Fri 10:22 - SS3: LatvalaNot the best stage for Jari-Matti as he drops a big chunk of time to Mikkelsen: +17.8s. "I took it too carefully. I was expecting so many loose rocks on the road so I wanted to get safely through. No panic!"
Fri 10:17 - SS3: MikkelsenAndreas is on a roll - he goes fastest here so far by over 3-seconds! "I believe the stage is cleaning a lot. I tried to stay away from trouble as there is a lot of rocks."
Fri 10:14 - SS3: MeekeThis is Kris's first visit to Turkey, and he's +9.9s down on Ogier in this stage. "I had to change my line a lot of times and drive around some big footballs in the stage. I picked my rhythm, we could have been a lot faster but we are doing okay. It wasn't as bad as I was first expecting to be fair, but the second pass will be a nightmare."
Fri 10:09 - SS3: OgierThat's a cracking run from Seb! -7.7s faster than Tanak here. "All the time I give everything. In the first stage we had a puncture so you couldn't see the time! That's good, but the rally is very long."
Fri 10:06 - SS3: NeuvilleThe Hyundai pilot completes the longest stage of the rally in one piece. +8.5s down on Tanak. "I am sliding. I can't do more - if I push I lose the rear. I don't know if the tyres are too soft or if this is better. Maybe the second spare wheel is the disadvantage."
Fri 10:01 - SS3: TANAkOtt is safely through with a time of 28:17.6. "Very hard. We still have one stage to go so we will have to see. It was an OK rhythm."
Fri 09:53 - SS3 updateWe've got 7 cars into the stage now: Ott Tanak is around 15 kilometres from the stage end.
Fri 09:41 - Splits watchNeuville is just a fraction behind Tanak to the 5.28km split point: just 0.8s in it!
Fri 09:32 - SS3: Live!Ott launches his Toyota Yaris WRC into the stage.
Fri 09:31 - Recce notes: SS3Cetibeli 1, 38.15km. The rally's longest stage is also one of the most difficult. It's rough and tough with both fast and slow sections. Add in plenty of rocks lining the road and there's a good chance some drivers won't make it out intact. There are so many changes between flowing wide roads and twisty rough tracks that it is impossible to remember them all and accurate pace notes are essential.
Fri 09:28 - Standby: SS3Ott Tanak has arrived at the start of the next test. He's due to start in a few minutes. Recce notes coming up...
Fri 09:20 - Up next: SS3The longest stage of the rally is up next. Cetibeli 1 gets underway at 0931hrs.
Fri 09:18 - WRC 2 Pro after SS2 - Rally Turkey 1.Kopecky 21:13.7 2.Greensmith +5.1s 3.Rovanpera +03:58.4
Fri 09:18 - Overall after SS2 - Rally Turkey1.Latvala 20:19.6 2.Mikkelsen +1.1s 3.Lappi +4.6s 4.Suninen +6.3s 5.Tanak +7.5s 6.Meeke +7.8s
Fri 09:18 - SS2: KajetanowiczKajto posts a time of 19:05.8 on the day's opener. "It's good. We had no test so this is the first real stage for us after Sardegna!"
Fri 09:14 - SS2: KopeckyA good time for Jan, -4.2s up on Gus! "It's hot you know - maybe I am too old for this! The car is working well and we are here."
Fri 09:13 - SS2: RovanperaKalle makes it through but drops a shed load of time. "There is no problem with the car - we had a puncture and we were going to change it on the next straight. I lost concentration and we rolled the car."
Fri 09:12 - SS2: GreensmithGus passed Rovanpera in the stage. The time for our WRC 2 Pro contenders to beat is 19:08.5. "It's pretty good but rougher than I expected. Because the gaps were so big I actually got to see Ott and Thierry on the stage! My brain is working today, that's for sure!"
Fri 09:06 - Andolfi stoppedThe WRC 2 contender has stopped at the 7km point.
Fri 09:06 - SS2: TidemandPontus's first rally in the Fiesta WRC since Rally Sweden - but he has picked up a right-rear puncture in here and drops +51.4s to the leaders. "It was just before the tarmac section - I had a warning of a puncture and I felt it. I am sure this will not be the last puncture in this rally!"
Fri 09:03 - Rovanpera rolled in stageThe Skoda youngster has rolled at the 16.5km point. They are trying to get the car back on the stage to continue.
Fri 09:01 - SS2: LappiA positive start for Esapekka as he goes second fastest. "It felt quite bad to be honest. Even though I drove badly, the time will be better because it is cleaning. It's too soft - I can't trust the front so we need to make the car a bit stiffer and then it will be fine."
Fri 08:58 - SS2: SordoA nightmare start for Dani. He arrives at the finish with a front right puncture. "It happened 14 km before the end. It was nice at the beginning and then I started to feel understeer and saw the pressure light on the dash. I am so disappointed - I didn't do anything!"
Fri 08:53 - SS2: SuninenHis first splits looked good, but Teemu ends the stage +5.7s off Latvala's pace. "I spun in the middle of the stage. It was a slow corner. It's incredibly rough and there is a lot of smoke inside the car so it will be a difficult day."
Fri 08:49 - SS2: LatvalaLooks like the road is really cleaning: Jari-Matti is -5.7s up on Mikkelsen as he passes the flying finish boards! "I didn't expect that - I am actually surprised to have such a good time as the surface is broken up and there is a lot of rocks."
Fri 08:46 - Sordo dropping time Dani has dropped over seven seconds by the second split section. Perhaps a little mistake from him?
Fri 08:45 - SS2: MikkelsenAndreas goes fastest so far by -2.2s! He looks confident. "The stage is cleaning so it will get faster and faster. Anyway, a clean stage for us and we are trying to enjoy driving. It's still very dusty, but the car is really awesome so it's nice to drive."
Fri 08:42 - Suninen pushing hardTeemu is the fastest man to our 10.91km split point by -1.5s.
Fri 08:41 - SS2: MeekeKris goes second fastest here; a good start for him. "I had a puncture warning light with 15km to go. When it's that slippery, you never know so it disturbed me a bit. The pressure is reading okay now so I hope it's not a puncture."
Fri 08:39 - Tyres for this loopAn update on which Michelin tyre compounds our crews have chosen for the first loop. Ogier: 3x hard, 3x medium. Lappi/Tidemand/Suninen/Sordo/Latvala: 6x hard. Tanak: 2x hard, 3x medium. Meeke/Neuville/Mikkelsen: 4x hard, 2x medium.
Fri 08:37 - SS2: OgierSeb guides his Citroen through this speed test +5.2s slower than Tanak's pace. "When you drive with a flat tyre that is not helping! We are missing a lot of luck at the moment. It happened 6km from the end."
Fri 08:33 - SS2: NeuvilleThierry completes, but he's dropped +7.4s to Ott! "He is on 3 medium and we are only on 2 medium - we have all hards for the next stage so hopefully it will pay off. It was quite slippery but hopefully we will have the better tyres for the next stage."
Fri 08:29 - SS2: Tanak That's Ott safely through the day's opener. He sets a benchmark time of 18:20.3. "It's difficult - it's slow and there is no grip. In the beginning the rhythm was not great but it was better in the middle so we did what we could."
Fri 08:19 - Splits watchBoth Ott Tanak and Thierry Neuville are into the stage. Neuville +4.9s slower to the 6km split point.
Fri 08:09 - SS2: Live!Ott Tanak gets us underway here in Turkey. It will be interesting to see how hard he pushes on today's stages.
Fri 08:07 - Recce notes: SS2Icmeler 1, 24.85km. Several asphalt sections interrupt the gravel in Icmeler, which is one of the rally's faster stages. There is a lot of gravel on the surface which will clean to expose the bedrock beneath and provide a tough test for tyres in the second pass. It is quick most of the way until the final kilometres which are twisty and uphill. The opening 5.90km are new for 2019 and feature narrow roads and hairpins.
Fri 08:05 - Standby: SS2Ott Tanak is almost ready to head into the Icmeler test. His start time is 0808hrs (local time). Recce notes coming up...
Fri 08:01 - Weather updateIt's going to be hot! Temperatures currently sitting at 25 degrees centigrade with dry conditions for the moment. There is some possibility of rain later in the day, which could make things interesting!
Fri 08:00 - Start intervalsFour-minute gaps between our WRC runners today.
Fri 07:57 - Running order for todayChampionship classification order for today. 1.Tanak 2.Neuville 3.Ogier 4.Meeke 5.Mikkelsen 6.Latvala 7.Suninen 8.Sordo 9.Lappi 10.Tidemand
Fri 07:56 - Friday's itineraryToday will be a mammoth challenge for our crews as they cover more than half of the total rally mileage. They will tackle 3 different speed tests, each repeated twice throughout the day. The action gets going at 0808hrs with the Icmeler stage.
Fri 07:53 - Friday's vital statsHere's what's on the itinerary. Start 0730hrs (first car into service). Number of stages: 6. Stage distance: 159.14km. Finish: 2208hrs (first car into parc ferme).
Fri 07:46 - So, what's happening?We're getting set for the first full day of rally action. After last night's spectacular super special stage, Andreas Mikkelsen and Thierry Neuville are tied for the lead. Pontus Tidemand is third, but things can all change as our crews hit the gravel.
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Fri 07:40 - Good morningAnd welcome back to our live text coverage of Rally Turkey.
Thu 21:03 - Until thenKeep an eye on wrc.com for all the latest news and analysis, and don't forget WRC+ All Live for stage recaps and loads of exclusive extras. Bye for now.
Thu 21:01 - Join us tomorrowFor the first full day of Rally Turkey. 6 stages totalling 160 kilometres lie in wait for our crews on what will be a marathon day. The action gets going with the Icmeler test at 0808hrs (local time).
Thu 21:00 - Stages completeAnd that's where we'll end our live text coverage for tonight.
Thu 20:56 - WRC 2 Pro after SS1 - Rally Turkey1.Rovanpera 02:06.9 2.Kopecky +2.5s 3.Greensmith +3.4s
Thu 20:54 - Overall after SS1 - Rally Turkey=1.Mikkelsen 02:02.6 =1.Neuville +0.0s 3.Tidemand +1.6s 4.Ogier +1.7s 5.Meeke +2.0s 6.Lappi +3.9s
Thu 20:54 - SS1: AndolfiFabio completes with a time 8-tenths slower than Kajetanowicz. "This stage is short but not easy. Very difficult for tyres because we will use these tyres on Sunday!"
Thu 20:51 - SS1: KajetanowiczKajto is part of our WRC 2 contingent this weekend. "This is my first time with this car on tarmac. It's nice! It is a short stage with many spectators and we are happy to be here."
Thu 20:48 - SS1: TanakThe Estonian is safely clear of SS1. A steady run to seventh fastest for Ott. "We will see tomorrow. If you have four events to go, you never know. We have to take what we can from every event."
Thu 20:45 - SS1: NeuvilleThierry matches the pace of his Norwegian teammate on the opener. A good start! "I am on a combination of hard and soft and some of the drivers had really scrubbed their tyres. I was expecting to lose time but I pushed really hard and had a good stage."
Thu 20:42 - SS1: OgierOur reigning world champion is safely through this one. He goes +1.7s slower than Mikkelsen. "At least I had a much better start in this stage than last year! It's a huge day tomorrow - part of the rally with the roughest conditions. We need to have a rhythm but the pressure is like normal - we just have to do a good job."
Thu 20:39 - SS1: MeekeKris hasn't competed here before, so it will be a new experience for him in the Yaris. Third fastest here so far. "We will just try and find a rhythm that works without hurting the car but let's see. They're going to be a long and hard 316 kilometres!"
Thu 20:36 - SS1: MikkelsenA great start for Andreas as he goes fastest so far. "It was not a great stage by me but it was okay. The rally can be lost here as well! We have a long day tomorrow and that is where the proper action starts."
Thu 20:33 - SS1: LatvalaJari-Matti has a good chance of a top result this weekend. +2.3s slower than the benchmark here. "I think there are stages you can enjoy but there are stages where you have to be patient. You have to understand where to back off and where to attack."
Thu 20:30 - SS1: SuninenThe second of our M-Sport runners to complete the stage. Teemu can only manage fifth fastest. "Of course we will try. It's a lottery here because it is so rough and difficult to manage the car but we are trying our best."
Thu 20:27 - SS1: SordoDani slides the Hyundai I20 WRC through this narrow test. He's +3.3s down on Tidemand. "I think we have a big rally ahead. I will try to do my best - it is not all about the speed. We will see."
Thu 20:24 - SS1: LappiEsapekka will be hoping to find a better rhythm from the get go this weekend. +2.3s slower than Tidemand on this one. "I think everyone is hoping that nothing will happen to them! It is going to be a very hot weekend!"
Thu 20:21 - SS1: TidemandPontus sets the benchmark for our WRC runners with a time of 02:04.2. "For me it is to get the experience and get through the rally. It will be tricky but we will try to do a solid, good job."
Thu 20:18 - SS1: RovanperaKalle goes fastest of our WRC 2 Pro crews in this short opener with a 02:06.9. "I don't know about our time but it felt okay. We will try to survive tomorrow - it's a long day. It was a fun stage but tomorrow will be more difficult."
Thu 20:15 - SS1: GreensmithGus is behind the wheel of the new Ford Fiesta R5 this weekend - a car that he did a lot of development work on. 0.9s slower than Kopecky here. "It's only a short stage. You can always lose a lot in here but not gain much. The real battle starts tomorrow and that's what we worked on this morning - we look good."
Thu 20:12 - SS1: KopeckyJan opens the scoring for us tonight with a time of 02:09.4. "There are huge crowds of spectators - thanks to them for coming! I think it will be a big challenge for everyone to get to the finish."
Thu 20:09 - SS1: Live!Kopecky is live in the stage!
Thu 20:06 - Recce Notes: SS1Marmaris Meydan, 2.00km. Thursday night's curtain-raiser speeds through Marmaris' picturesque marina area. The spectacular all-asphalt test features roundabout donuts, a jump and tight hairpin bends - and big crowds!
Thu 20:03 - Standby: SS1We're about to get underway! Jan Kopecky is on the start line in his Fabia R5. His start time is 2008hrs. Recce notes coming up...
Thu 19:59 - Tyre updateA bit of a mixed bag for our Michelin WRC runners this evening: Ogier/Lappi/Tanak/Mikkelsen/Tidemand: 4x medium compound, 1x hard compound. Meeke/Latvala: 2x medium compound, 3x hard compound. Sordo/Suninen: 5x hard compound. Neuville: 3x hard compound, 2x medium compound.
Thu 19:55 - Start intervalsOur crews are running at 3-minute gaps this evening. That will change to 4-minutes on Friday.
Thu 19:52 - This evening's running order1.Kopecky 2.Greensmith 3.Rovanpera 4.Tidemand 5.Lappi 6.Sordo 7.Suninen 8.Latvala 9.Mikkelsen 10.Meeke 11.Ogier 12.Neuville 13.Tanak
Thu 19:50 - Weather updateIt's a warm evening here in Turkey, with temperatures currently at around 27 degrees centigrade. Oh - and it's dark! Rain looks likely for tomorrow.
Thu 19:47 - So, what's happening?We're getting ready to kick off the action with a short super special stage tonight near our rally base in Marmaris. Championship-wise, Ott Tanak holds a hefty 33-point lead over Thierry Neuville after his victory in Germany. Seb Ogier is a further 7-points back in third. Pontus Tidemand joins the M-Sport team this weekend in the Fiesta WRC in place for Elfyn Evans.
Thu 19:45 - We're liveAt wrc.com and the WRC app to bring you all the action from the championship's eleventh round.
Thu 19:43 - Good eveningAnd welcome to our live text coverage of Rally Turkey.