Formula 1
02 Jul
-
05 Jul
Event finished
09 Jul
-
12 Jul
FP1 in
1 day
MotoGP
17 Jul
-
19 Jul
FP1 in
8 days
R
Andalusian GP
24 Jul
-
26 Jul
Next event in
14 days
Formula E
R
Berlin ePrix I
05 Aug
-
05 Aug
Next event in
26 days
R
Berlin ePrix II
06 Aug
-
06 Aug
Next event in
27 days
NASCAR Cup
05 Jul
-
05 Jul
Event finished
R
Kentucky
12 Jul
-
12 Jul
Race in
3 days
IndyCar
10 Jul
-
12 Jul
Qualifying 1 in
2 days
WEC
13 Aug
-
15 Aug
Next event in
34 days
R
Bahrain
19 Nov
-
21 Nov
Next event in
132 days
Supercars
26 Jun
-
28 Jun
Event finished
17 Jul
-
19 Jul
Next event in
7 days

Turkey WRC: Citroen holds 1-2 after Friday stages

shares
comments
Turkey WRC: Citroen holds 1-2 after Friday stages
By:
Sep 13, 2019, 3:10 PM

Esapekka Lappi has extended his Rally Turkey lead after a tough afternoon to 17.7 seconds over Citroen teammate and reigning World Rally champion Sebastien Ogier.

Lappi excelled on the rain-affected second running of the 38km Cetibeli stage in his C3, despite being on the hard tyre which was ill-suited to the cooler wet weather.

The Finn set the second fastest time in that stage, behind only Thierry Neuville, who had been forced by a slow puncture to change to three medium tyres just before Cetibeli, helping him to set a time 7.6s quicker than Lappi.

Ogier had a clean afternoon to move into second overall but he goes into Saturday only 0.7 seconds ahead of third-placed Neuville.

Teemu Suninen moves up to fourth in the best of the M-Sport Fords, albeit 26 seconds behind the leading trio, ahead of Hyundai’s Andreas Mikkelsen, who described the Cetibeli stage as “driving on ice”.

Dani Sordo reported intermittent engine issues with his Hyundai early on in the afternoon but went on to complete the final stage of the day 10.9s quicker than anybody else, propelling himself up to sixth position.

A stall didn’t stop Citroen’s Kris Meeke winning the opening stage of the afternoon but he too struggled in the rain, losing over a minute to stage winner Neuville.

Points leader Ott Tanak picked up a puncture early on in Cetibeli and the time loss dropped him down to seventh, which turned into eighth after Sordo’s blistering Ula performance.

Fellow Toyota driver Jari-Matti Latvala likewise struggled, losing 50 seconds in the opening stage with a puncture. That problem was compounded by the sound of the exhaust getting into the car, drowning out his pacenotes.

M-Sport’s Pontus Tidemand is the last of the WRC drivers, 3m45s off rally leader Lappi.

Standings after SS7 (top 10):

Pos. Driver Car Time/Gap
1 FIN Esapekka Lappi Citroen 1:59:53.7
2 FRA Sebastien Ogier Citroen +17.7
2 BEL Thierry Neuville Hyundai +18.4
4 FIN Teemu Suninen Ford +44.4
5 NOR Andreas Mikkelsen Hyundai +1:04.1
6 ESP Dani Sordo Hyundai +1:25.2
7 GBR Kris Meeke Toyota +1:32.1
8 EST Ott Tanak Toyota +1:37.4
9 FIN Jari-Matti Latvala Toyota +1:42.5
10 SWE Pontus Tidemand Ford +3:45.4
Next article
Turkey WRC: Lappi grabs the early advantage

Previous article

Turkey WRC: Lappi grabs the early advantage

Next article

WRC points leader Tanak forced to retire in Turkey

WRC points leader Tanak forced to retire in Turkey
Load comments

About this article

Series WRC
Event Rally Turkey
Drivers Esapekka Lappi , Sébastien Ogier
Teams Citroën World Rally Team
Author Anna Duxbury