After the shakedown, Red Bull Skoda can go into the Rally of Turkey in Antalya very confidently
The source of error from Cyprus was localized and remedied in both Fabia WRCs
Accordingly, today's runs were positive ones: Both Harri Rovanpera/Risto Pietilainen (FIN) and Andreas Aigner (AUT)/Klaus Wicha (GER) were able to complete this performance check successfully.
The great unknown of this WRC event is the weather: For the next two days, incessant rain has been forecast
After the inexplicable retirements in Cyprus, Red Bull Skoda was able to get clear about the causes of their problems during an additional test day in Turkey on Monday. An engine specialist had been flown in for that reason, who together with the team got to the bottom of things. It was determined that faulty electronics were the indisputable cause, the sensors relaying wrong data to the engine control unit. Neither engine was damaged in the course of this.
This was confirmed during today's 5.5 kilometre shakedown, ten kilometres south of Kemer. Both Fabia WRCs ran immaculately and provided the team and both drivers with positive results.
Harri Rovanpera was able to achieve the eighth-fastest time without taking a risk: "I'm very glad that we can start this rally now after solving our problem. So my target is clearly set, I really want to bring in drivers' and manufacturers' points."
Andreas Aigner looks forward to his rally with a lot of confidence as well: "I ran the shakedown only twice, this was enough to determine that we can go into the rally with a lot of optimism. But the weather conditions, with plenty of rain, should make for a very tough rally."
The weather has already claimed its first victims. In yesterday's evening hours, a thunder-storm raged over Kemer. Many tents in the service park were simply torn away, the total damage amounting to millions. Red Bull Skoda was not spared either and lamented the total loss of two service tents.
Armin Schwarz, one of the team bosses together with Raimund Baumschlager, was a guest of the official FIA press conference today: "The rally itself is very difficult to assess. The weather is going haywire at the moment, so everything's possible right now. A lot can happen during those three days, I just hope that our team is able to complete a positive rally."