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Rally of Turkey: Skoda preview

The Skoda Motorsport World Rally Team travels for the seventh round of the World Rally Championship, the Rally of Turkey (June 2-5) where the Fabia WRC 05 will be again driven by Armin Schwarz and Janne Tuohino. Turkey is a completely new...

The Skoda Motorsport World Rally Team travels for the seventh round of the World Rally Championship, the Rally of Turkey (June 2-5) where the Fabia WRC 05 will be again driven by Armin Schwarz and Janne Tuohino.

Turkey is a completely new event for the Fabia WRC 05 as it was not on the team's schedule last season. Janne finished seventh on this event last year but it will be Armin's first visit to the rally in the area of the world once known as Asia Minor.

Armin said: "I really won't know exactly what to expect until I start the recce. I think the roads are smoother than Cyprus but sometimes rougher than the Acropolis so I hope that our car's good handling on these type of roads will benefit us."

Janne said: "Turkey is something between Cyprus and Greece so I think we know what to expect when we get there. We had a good test session in Greece after Cyprus and we found some new things in the set-up for this type of event."

Head of the Skoda Motorsport World Rally Team, Martin Muehlmeier, said: "Turkey is a new event for us but it is another hot and rough gravel event which we are becoming accustomed to at this part of the season. We have carried out some extra testing before the event and I hope that we will see further improvements in our performance. We are starting to score some points and we must try to continue that over the coming events."

Team news:

Czech Rally Champions Jan Kopecký and Filip Schovanek will drive an official Skoda Motorsport World Rally Team Fabia WRC 05 on the Bohemia Rally (July 1-3), that is based in Mlada Boleslav the 'home' of Skoda Auto.

Last year Jan won the event that was part of the team's development programme of WRC rounds and national events. Jan will drive the third official Skoda Fabia WRC 05 at the Rallye Deutschland in August alongside Armin Schwarz and Alex Bengue.

Rally of Turkey in detail:

Turkey entered the World Rally Championship for the first time in 2003. It is based at the port and seaside resort of Kemer, approximately 50kms south west of the city of Antalya, and all the main stages are located in the Anatolian mountains.

After a 1.10kms superspecial at the Akdeniz University in Antalya on Thursday evening the action begins on Friday with six stages before a return to the superspecial to end the 150.64kms leg.

On Saturday there are a further six tests in the mountains and one final visit to the superspecial in a leg totalling 150.01kms of stages.

Sunday's final leg has just two stages (totalling 49.63kms) but the second of the pair is the longest of the rally at 33.30kms.

The event finishes in Kemer at 12.55pm.

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Series WRC
Drivers Armin Schwarz , Jan Kopecky , Janne Tuohino , Alex Bengue