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FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP
ROUND 13: RALLY OF TURKEY
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION DRIVERS DOMINATE RALLY OF TURKEY IN TERRIBLE CONDITIONS  
15 OCTOBER 2006 LEG 3 RELEASE
 
OVERALL FINAL RESULTS
OVERALL LEG 2 RESULTS
OVERALL LEG 1 RESULTS

Yury Shapovalov / Liubomir Shumakov
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII
 

Amjad Farrah / Joseph Matar
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX
 

Tarik Oktem / Orkan Goksen
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII
 
The Rally of Turkey, which finished in the coastal resort of Kemer this afternoon, once again highlighted the incredible pace and durability of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, as Ukranian crew Yury Shapovalov and Liubomir Shumakov won the Group N element of the event despite some of the worst weather conditions the sport has suffered.

The crews completed their recce of the stages high in the Anatolian mountains north and north-west of the rally headquarters, on the shores of the Mediterranean, in bright sunshine and temperatures close to 30 degrees. On the eve of the rally, however, storms hit Kemer. Much of the service park had to be rebuilt following the high winds and torrential rain. The rain, which continued to fall as leg one got underway brought about the cancellation of the three of the Friday stages; the organizers felt it was too dangerous to run the competition with low fog adding to the problems caused by the incredibly wet roads.

Despite those conditions, Shapovalov guided his Lancer Evolution to the most important rally win of his entire life. This was the first time he had competed in a World Rally Championship event in a class N4 car and it was the first time a Ukranian has ever won Group N on a round of the WRC. Shapovalov was understandably delighted with the result.

"It’s incredible," he said after accepting the congratulations from the team which has kept him and his Mitsubishi on the road for the last three days. "The road has been very, very hard for all of the rally. The rain was incredible early in the event really crazy, but okay, we are here. It has been such a tough fight, Amjad [Farrah] also drove a good rally. It was interesting competition, but I am so happy to win here. We haven’t had any problems with the car at all."

Shapovalov won the rally by more than three minutes from fellow Mitsubishi crew Amjad Farrah and Joseph Matar. Farrah also enjoyed his World Rally Championship debut. The Jordanian wasn’t just a novice in terms of the world championship he was a complete novice when it came to the wet conditions.

"We don’t have much rain and mud during the rallies in Jordan," said Farrah, who is also heading towards a third Jordanian Championship title in his Lancer Evolution IX. "We have some rain in the winter, but our rallies are all in the summer. This was a really hard event. At times I had to slow down so much, we were at walking speed. It wasn’t just the rain and the mud, it was the holes in the road from the cars ahead that could have caused some problems. The Mitsubishi coped very well with everything the weather and the roads could throw at it. The only problem we had was with the tires, when we got some punctures. Otherwise, everything was great."

Encouraged by his inaugural World Rally Championship podium position, Farrah intends to contenst more WRC rounds in his Lancer Evolution IX next season.

Marcus Gronholm kept his hopes of winning this year’s World Rally Championship alive with victory at the head of the field. Sebastien Loeb, absent from the rally after he broke his arm two weeks ago, still leads the standings, however. Gronholm’s Ford team-mate Mikko Hirvonen was second with Henning Solberg clinching his first ever podium finish in his Peugeot 307 WRC.

The next round of the FIA World Rally Championship, and penultimate round of the Production Car WRC is Rally Australia, October 26-29.


 OVERALL FINAL CLASSIFICATION
Pos Driver
Co-Driver
Vehicle Grp
Pos
Total
Time
Diff
Leader
1
M1
Marcus Gronholm
Timo Rautiainen
Ford Focus RS WRC 06 A
1
3:28:16.3 **:**.*
2
M1
Mikko Hirvonen
Jarmo Lehtinen
Ford Focus RS WRC 06 A
2
3:30:39.7 +2:23.4
3
M2
Henning Solberg
Cato Menkerud
Peugeot 307 WRC A
3
3:31:22.3 +3:06.0
4 Xavier Pons
Carlos Del Barrio
Citroen Xsara WRC A
4
3:31:43.7 +3:27.4
5
M2
Kosti Katajamaki
Timo Alane
Ford Focus RS WRC 04 A
5
3:31:44.8 +3:28.5
6
M1
Chris Atkinson
Glenn Macneall
Subaru Impreza WRC 2006 A
6
3:31:52.8 +3:36.5
7
M1
Daniel Sordo
Marc Marti
Citroen Xsara WRC A
7
3:32:41.1 +4:24.8
8
M2
Manfred Stohl
Ilka Minor
Peugeot 307 WRC A
8
3:32:46.6 +4:30.3
9 Francois Duval
Patrick Pivato
Skoda Fabia WRC A
9
3:33:51.9 +5:35.6
10
M2
Andreas Aigner
Klaus Wicha
Skoda Fabia WRC A
10
3:35:13.7 +6:57.4
11
M2
Harri Rovanpera
Risto Pietilainen
Skoda Fabia WRC A
11
3:36:40.7 +8:24.4
12
M2
Matthew Wilson
Michael Orr
Ford Focus RS WRC 04 A
12
3:38:08.2 +9:51.9
13
M1
Petter Solberg
Phil Mills
Subaru Impreza WRC 2006 A
13
3:38:18.5 +10:02.2
14 Ercan Kazaz
Serdar Kurbanzade
Subaru Impreza WRC A
14
3:46:42.2 +18:25.9
15 Emre Yurdakul
Afsin Baydar
Ford Focus WRC A
15
3:56:44.7 +28:28.4
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23 Yury Shapovalov
Liubomir Shumakov
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII N
1
4:13:30.9 +45:14.6
26 Amjad Farrah
Joseph Matar
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX N
2
4:17:46.3 +49:30.0
36 Tarik Oktem
Orkan Goksen
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII N
7
4:34:46.6 +1:06:30.3
38 Valeriy Razumovskyy
Ihor Sultanov
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII N
9
4:37:55.2 +1:09:38.9
45 Serhat Oztemir
Unal Tezel
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI A
31
5:09:27.7 +1:41:11.4



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