Suzuki Ignis Super 1600s Dominate The Rally Of Turkey | Part Two

He said: "I'm very pleased to have racked up yet another good result and this means that we are now very well placed in the championship. After the problems we had on the superspecial on Friday night to be on the podium is more than I would have hoped for.

He said: "It's been an extremely tough rally and I'm very pleased to get to the finish. I'm obviously slightly disappointed not to get a win, because I had a chance of victory throughout the whole event and maybe in some places I could have pushed harder. But this rally is so unpredictable that it would have been very easy to make a mistake."

Suzuki Ignis number 32 (2003 specification) – Urmo Aava (EE)/Kuldar Sikk (EE) – Fifth

Urmo had mixed fortunes on the Rally of Turkey, being affected by punctures and also a time penalty for checking into a time control early. Nevertheless, he showed himself capable of setting some excellent times in his 2003 car, and stayed out of trouble on the final day to secure a well deserved points-scoring finish.

He said: "This has been one of the toughest events I can remember and I'm very glad to reach the finish. The key to doing well here was to find the correct pace and stay out of trouble!"

Suzuki Ignis number 31 – Mirco Baldacci (RSM)/Giovanni Bernacchini (I) – Sixth

Mirco proved his skills on this type of tricky surface by leading the Acropolis Rally, and he was just as impressive in Turkey, blasting into the lead on the opening day of the rally. He showed himself to be the man to beat, and his Ignis was entirely reliable.

He said: "It's bitterly disappointing to lose the chance to win the rally with such stupid things like punctures – particularly as I was in a position to win in Greece as well. I'm not sure why I've been quite so unlucky, but this is what rallying is like sometimes!

Monster Sport Europe team manager Risto Laine commented: "We're delighted to achieve what is a dream result for us and we couldn't ask for more from the drivers or the cars.

"We've got to the end of the two rough gravel rallies now, and have shown that the Ignis is right up there with the very best. Our pre-event testing indicated that we were looking good, but you never know that for sure until you see the final results."

The Junior World Rally Championship resumes in just over a month's time on the legendary Rally Finland from 6-8 August. Finland presents a total contrast to the broken-up roads of Turkey, consisting of flowing smooth gravel that usually makes it the fastest round of the Championship.

With Guy Wilks, now just two points away from the Junior World Rally Championship lead, there is everything to play for!!

Junior World Championship classification, Rally of Turkey
1 P-G Andersson (Suzuki Ignis) 5h24m46.2s
2 Kosti Katajamaki (Suzuki Ignis) +6.4s
3 Guy Wilks (Suzuki Ignis) +57.6s
4 Guerlain Chicherit (Citroen Saxo) +2m58.7s
5 Urmo Aava (Suzuki Ignis) +3m46.7s
6 Mirco Baldacci (Suzuki Ignis) +5m35.7s
7 Conrad Rautenbach (Opel Corsa) +14m30.8s
8 Oliver Marshall (Renault Clio) +38m48.2s
Junior World Rally Championship after round three, the Rally of Turkey
1 Nicolas Bernardi (Renault Clio) 18 points
2 Guy Wilks (Suzuki Ignis) 16 points
3 Urmo Aava (Suzuki Ignis) 12 points
4 P-G Andersson (Suzuki Ignis) 11 points
5 Larry Cols (Renault Clio) 9 points
6 Kosti Katajamaki (Suzuki Ignis) 8 points
7 Mirco Baldacci (Suzuki Ignis) 6 points
7 Kris Meeke (Opel Corsa) 6 points
7 Xavier Pons (Fiat Punto) 6 points

Published : 29/06/04 Author : Melanie Carter

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