The fifth round of the shortened 2020 FIA World Rally Championship produced an action-filled weekend, with some thrilling battles up and down the field on the gravel tracks in southwest Turkey’s Marmaris region where the country’s WRC fixture has been based since 2018.
The event ran to a shorter format than in 2019, with just 12 tests (instead of 17) totalling 223 kilometres compared with 310km last year. The pandemic was obviously behind these changes which enabled the rally to go ahead safely, albeit without spectators, either on the stages or in the service area.
As anticipated, the hard-compound MICHELIN LTX Force H4 was the most frequently selected tyre over the three days, but the medium MICHELIN LTX Force M6 formed part of some strategies for the first passes on Saturday and Sunday morning. Michelin Motorsport’s WRC tyres stood up to the exceptionally rough going, providing the French firm’s WRC partners with the confidence to push where they could.
Meanwhile, Michelin’s WRC2 and WRC3 runners were offered a choice between the hard MICHELIN Latitude H90 and medium MICHELIN Latitude Cross M80 which allowed them, too, to take full advantage of the company’s rally-tyre range.