As always, WRC+ All Live will bring you all the excitement from this weekend’s Rally Turkey (18 – 20 September) as it happens. Here are five key reasons to tune in this weekend.
We’ll broadcast every stage live, and keep you fully entertained in between with key interviews, features and expert analysis from the service park at this fifth round of the FIA World Rally Championship.
To whet your appetite, we’ve put together five compelling reasons below why you should clear your weekend diary and enjoy our live Turkish delight. But if there’s something you really can’t talk your way out of, then our catch-up service means you still won’t miss a thing.
1. Title fight hots up
With three rounds remaining, the battle for the drivers’ world title is coming to boiling point. It looks like a three-way fight, with Sébastien Ogier, bidding for a seventh title, holding sway at the top with a nine-point advantage over Toyota Gazoo Racing team-mate Elfyn Evans.
Ott Tänak climbed to third with victory in Estonia earlier this month and the reigning champion is now 13 points adrift of Ogier. A maximum 90 points are available from the final three rounds in Turkey, Italy and Belgium.
But don’t count out Kalle Rovanperä and Thierry Neuville. They are 24 and 37 points off the lead respectively and victory on the Turquoise Coast could reignite their hopes.
2. Five from five?
Four rounds in and four different winners shows how unpredictable this year’s drivers’ championship is.
Neuville landed a maiden Monte-Carlo success in January before Evans kept his cool to win in Sweden. Ogier bagged his first victory for Toyota in Mexico, while Tänak celebrated a special home success in Estonia.
Will we depart Marmaris with a fifth name on the 2020 roll of honour? Can Rovanperä become the youngest driver to win a WRC round? Will Sébastien Loeb turn back the clock once more? Or will M-Sport Ford’s Esapekka Lappi or Teemu Suninen come good on the type of roads that traditionally suit the British team?
3. Toyota v Hyundai
The duel for honours in the manufacturers’ series is equally enthralling. Just five points separate leaders Toyota from reigning champions Hyundai Motorsport and any mistakes at this point of the season could severely dent the hopes of either.
4. Loeb’s return
Nine-time world champion Loeb is back in Hyundai’s line-up. Any chance to see the sport’s most successful driver in action is not to be missed, but we might be running out of opportunities. Make the most of the great Frenchman while you can.
5. Picture postcard
The scenery in the mountains around Marmaris is stunning. Saturday features the event’s signature Datça and Yeşilbelde stages, both of which offer amazing Mediterranean backdrops.
But don’t be lulled into believing the WRC’s big names are in for an easy ride. Temperatures approaching 30°C will test man and machine to the full, while the rocky gravel tracks usually create problems galore. Drama is guaranteed!