Pontus Tidemand bids to take WRC 2 lead in Turkey

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Pontus Tidemand is hoping to leapfrog an absent Mads Østberg at the head of the WRC 2 series standings at this week’s Rally Turkey (18 – 20 September).

After four rallies, an on-form Østberg leads the Swede by 20 points in his Citroën C3 R5. However, with the Norwegian choosing to sit this one out, a win in Turkey would be enough for Tidemand to inherit the top spot in his Skoda Fabia Rally2. 

Rally Turkey is set to be an epic challenge for both man and machine, with searing temperatures and arguably the roughest roads of the year lying ahead. The Swede is no stranger to extreme conditions, having completed this rally last year in an M-Sport Ford Fiesta World Rally Car, eventually finishing ninth. 

Tidemand said: “We are aiming for the top. I have competed in Turkey twice before and, although I know exactly how difficult it is, it feels good that I have experience with me. I know that the Škoda is strong and that fits perfectly for a tough rally. It is important to avoid problems and to have some fluency. You almost have to expect to get a puncture during this rally but it is the same challenge for everyone.”

M-Sport Ford man Adrien Fourmaux starts in his Fiesta R5. He currently sits fourth in the standings after a second place finish at Rally Estonia a fortnight ago. Turkey is unknown territory for the Frenchman, however, he will be gunning to take his maiden WRC 2 victory.

After four rallies, an on-form Østberg leads the Swede by 20 points in his Citroën C3 R5. However, with the Norwegian choosing to sit this one out, a win in Turkey would be enough for Tidemand to inherit the top spot in his Skoda Fabia Rally2. 

Rally Turkey is set to be an epic challenge for both man and machine, with searing temperatures and arguably the roughest roads of the year lying ahead. The Swede is no stranger to extreme conditions, having completed this rally last year in an M-Sport Ford Fiesta World Rally Car, eventually finishing ninth. 

Tidemand said: “We are aiming for the top. I have competed in Turkey twice before and, although I know exactly how difficult it is, it feels good that I have experience with me. I know that the Škoda is strong and that fits perfectly for a tough rally. It is important to avoid problems and to have some fluency. You almost have to expect to get a puncture during this rally but it is the same challenge for everyone.”

M-Sport Ford man Adrien Fourmaux starts in his Fiesta R5. He currently sits fourth in the standings after a second place finish at Rally Estonia a fortnight ago. Turkey is unknown territory for the Frenchman, however, he will be gunning to take his maiden WRC 2 victory.

By: WRC

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