Skoda Motorsport World Rally Team drivers Armin Schwarz and Janne Tuohino were both forced to withdraw from the Rally of Turkey today after breaking the suspension on the Fabia WRC 05. The incidents occurred on a particularly rough section of...
Skoda Motorsport World Rally Team drivers Armin Schwarz and Janne Tuohino were both forced to withdraw from the Rally of Turkey today after breaking the suspension on the Fabia WRC 05.
The incidents occurred on a particularly rough section of the Myra stage with Armin retiring on the first run and then Janne (who had been struggling all day with a debilitating stomach upset) suffered the same fate when the stage was re-run later in the afternoon.
The team has decided not to restart Armin tomorrow and only Janne will return to action under the SupeRally system.
The Rally of Turkey, round seven of the World Rally Championship, began last night with a ceremonial start in Antalya, 30kms along the coast from the resort of Kemer.
After several days of heavy rain the weather turned extremely hot and sunny for this mornings stages. However, thunderclouds gathered again for the afternoon and the rain turned the stages back into rivers of thick mud.
Tomorrows leg features six stages in the mountains to the west of Kemer before a second visit to the superspecial stage in the grounds of Antalya University. The leg includes 150.49kms of stages in a total route of 494.39kms.
Janne Tuohino: "I was feeling quite ill all day and couldnt push too hard. The conditions were more humid than we expected after the hot sunshine and there wasnt much grip at times. It was unbelievable that we suffered the same problem as Armin in the same spot."
Armin Schwarz: "The conditions this morning were very tricky, especially on SS2 and SS4 which had thick fog during the recce. The notes were very tricky to follow in todays different conditions. The car was working very well after we adjusted the suspension after SS3 but on SS5 I ran over some rocks and broke a wishbone which meant we could not continue."
Martin Muehlmeier (Head of Skoda Motorsport): "The decision not to let Armin continue is purely one of making the best use of our budget. There is no point in risking expensive damage to the car and the engine when it can be used again on another rally. Janne will continue and he will try to get some points for the team."