WRC Turkey: Hyundai's Mikkelsen fastest as Sebastien Ogier spins

Hyundai driver Andreas Mikkelsen set the fastest time through Rally Turkey's opening Marmaris test, while a mistake by Sebastien Ogier left the reigning champion 14th after the short city stage

WRC Turkey: Hyundai's Mikkelsen fastest as Sebastien Ogier spins

As the only driver to take a set of medium compound tyres, one grade softer than the rest of the field on hards, Mikkelsen used his grip advantage to go 2.5 seconds faster than Citroen's Craig Breen in second.

Ogier half-spun into the plastic barriers lining the stage when the rear of his Ford Fiesta kicked up over a jump, leaving him unable to slow down in time for the following corner. His mistake cost him 7.5s relative to Mikkelsen.

Behind third fastest Ott Tanak, championship leader Thierry Neuville tied for the fourth quickest time with WRC2 support category driver Kajetan Kajetanowicz, both 3.1s behind Mikkelsen.

Three-time European champion Kajetanowicz was joined in the top six by Skoda factory driver Jan Kopecky.

The WRC2 performance evoked memories of Kopecky's outright stage-winning performance last year.

Toyota's Esapekka Lappi is seventh, with Mads Ostberg eighth and the third Toyota of Jari-Matti Latvala in ninth.

M-Sport suffered an especially poor stage. Before Ogier's mistake put him well outside the top 10, his team-mates Elfyn Evans could only muster the 10th fastest time.

Teemu Suninen in the third M-Sport failed to make the top 10, going slower than Kopecky's WRC2 team-mate Pontus Tidemand and finishing the night 12th.

An untidy run by Hayden Paddon put him even further out of the top 10 than Ogier, twice overshooting the entry to roundabouts to finish 9.6s off team-mate Mikkelsen's time in 17th.

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Leading positions after SS1

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Andreas Mikkelsen, A.Jager Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT Hyundai 2m03.9s
2 Craig Breen, S.Martin Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT Citroen 2.5s
3 Ott Tanak, M.Jarveoja Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Toyota 2.8s
4 Thierry Neuville, N.Gilsoul Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT Hyundai 3.1s
4 Kajetan Kajetanowicz, M.Szczepaniak Lotos Rally Team Ford 3.1s
6 Jan Kopecky, P.Dresler Skoda Motorsport II Skoda 3.4s
7 Esapekka Lappi, J.Ferm Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Toyota 3.5s
8 Mads Ostberg, T.Eriksen Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT Citroen 3.9s
9 Jari-Matti Latvala, M.Anttila Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Toyota 4.0s
10 Elfyn Evans, D.Barritt M-Sport Ford WRT Ford 4.3s

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Author Alasdair Lindsay
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