Turán loses podium position at Rally Catalunya

by Umar Hassan

Hungary’s Frigyes Turán has lost his podium finish in the WRC2 category at the 2016 Rally Catalunya – Rally de España.

Turán, who finished the mixed surface rally in third, was given a 25-minute time penalty for breaking FIA Technical Regulations, according to the Stewards, demoting him to eighth.

Firstly, the Hungarian’s Ford Fiesta R5 was found to be over the FIA Technical Regulations for car weight in terms of suspension.

Turán’s Ford Fiesta R5 had a heavier left/right suspension wishbone/arms at 3296 and 3218 grams respectively.

The FIA Technical Regulations state that the left/right suspension should not weigh more than 3190.95 grams.

Also, Turán’s car was found to have not been weighed, which gave him a 25-minute time penalty, demoting him from third to eighth.

This meant the Netherlands’ Jim van den Heuvel was promoted to third, while Finland’s Teemu Suninen was given a boost for his WRC2 Championship hopes being promoted up from fifth to fourth.

The second case the Stewards dealt with were seven Ford Fiesta R2 cars in the Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy category, including the top five finishers in Spain.

All the Fiesta R2’s was found to be fitted with protection around the Electronic Control Unit (ECU), as well as a cooling duct that was linked to the front bumper.

The Stewards fined M-Sport €30,000 for not complying with the FIA International Sporting Code due to their actions in Spain.

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