Sebastien Loeb will look to secure a third successive victory this coming weekend in Turkey to extend his lead in the World Rally Championship.
The defending champion has taken victory in Mexico and Jordan to establish a 25 point lead over Jari-Matti Latvala and will now hope to extend his advantage over the Finn on a new look route for the Turkish event – based for 2010 in Kemer near Istanbul
“I've heard that the stages are fairly wide and quick so driving should be great fun,” Loeb said. “I also know that there are forty kilometres in asphalt on the second day. Obviously, our C4 WRCs will have gravel tyres but we didn't have too many problems with this combination in Cyprus last year. As it's a question of mixed stages, we'll have to find the right rhythm when passing from one surface to the other.”
As points leader, Loeb will face the role of sweeping the road through the opening day of the event and the Citroen ace again admitted that he was keen to see the regulations changed to make the running order less of an issue.
“It's a shame that all the attention is focused on this aspect rather than on the battle between the crews,” he said. “My point of view hasn't changed for over two years. I think that reversing the running order of the first fifteen on the second and third days is the best solution. There are no calculations to be made and everybody has to push from start to finish.
“The idea of using the shakedown as a form of qualifying to allow the drivers to choose their starting order makes sense too. Whatever! I just hope that the FIA will soon modify the regulations to give everybody a level playing field.”