Turkey plans compact return

Next season’s Rally Turkey could be the most condensed FIA World Rally Championship round ever.The gravel event returns to the WRC next September after a seven-year absence and Serkan Yazici, president of organiser TOSFED, said the Marmaris-based encounter would feature several speed tests near the service park.

“We plan to make the most compact rally ever with stages passing close to the service park and one finishing just metres away from the entrance,” he said.

“We are sure that the challenging gravel stages, which have been named after notable Turkish rally drivers who have passed away, will be appreciated by teams and drivers and will provide classic action in the coming years.”

It replaces Poland in the 2018 calendar, having last featured in 2010 when it was located on the edge of Istanbul. Before that, the rally spent several years in the mountains near Antalya following its debut in 2003.

“We are delighted to achieve our objective of being back in the World Rally Championship calendar after seven years and to be chosen ahead of several other important candidates. We are delighted for our country and our motorsport fans,” said Yazici.

“Being a former rally driver myself, who has participated in WRC events in various countries, I am confident that our team – which has organised many top FIA events in Turkey over the last two decades – is more than capable of organising the best of the 13 rounds of the championship.”