This is the long-awaited return of the Pontus Tidemand World Cup, which is working hard to re-control the WRC after the Monte Carlo rally in January and the Swedish rally in February, where the Swede finished eighth in the main class.
"It's going to be really fun and it's fun to go back to M-sport and be with this band and now I have a bunch of people around me," Pontus Tidemand tells SVT Sport.
New support: "It means a lot, almost everything"
Starting the competition at the highest level requires considerable resources both financially and financially, and Tidemand is already supported by its investments in WRC by RaceNetWork. A new concept that aims to create opportunities for Swedish drivers by working closely with investment companies. A model that will benefit both drivers and companies, and Pontus is the first driver to get a twist.
– For my career, that means a lot, almost everything, to be able to take the next step. This is an incredibly cool and cool endeavor that we will try to do now. It's a tough industry and it's important to have good people around them so we can fight it forward, Tidemand tells SVT Sport.
SVT Sports Engine expert Jonas Kruse is pleased that Tidemand will again get a chance to run for WRC.
– Pontus deserves this last chance to gain full-time management at WRC and this is a real opportunity. I'm additionally happy that Racenetwork is behind Pontus. It feels like a serious effort that if it succeeds, it will also help a few Swedish drivers make it to the finals, says SVT Sports rally expert Jonas Kroes, who also hopes for another World Cup start this year.
– Most likely it will be more than the competition for Tidemand. Betting on a "simple" race is more or less lost to all parties.
The World Cup Rally in Turkey, the eleventh World Cup race, is a recognized heavy rally, which this year offers 17 demanding special distances for a total of 310.10 km at full speed. Tidemand held the competition last year in the WRC2 class. He knows that the pace is high and the margin of error is minimal, but the former World Junior and WRC2 Champion is really looking forward to the opportunity to compete against the world's best pilots again.
– This is a very difficult challenge, but we are working hard to get more starts and it takes some time behind the wheel of a WRC car. We take this very seriously and our goal in Turkey is to work on the competition path and get in the car right, says Tidemand.
– We are all ready to do the best we can.
The rally will start on September 12.
– Ponto must have the right conditions to succeed. It is important that he drive as much as possible before the test day with the M-Sport so that there is no rust on the drive, but he can focus on getting the feel and speed to sit there.
"Mentally and physically fit"
– Competition in Turkey is a lot to be smart about, save your car and drive fast where the roads allow. This will suit Tidemand well, he has a routine and is physically and mentally prepared for the challenge this time around. Where the routes allow, he must also show that speed is there, says Jonas Cruz.