Controversy for Suzuki in JWRC Turkey
Andersson was coming first in the JWRC leading into Round 8 at the Rally of Turkey and was aiming for a podium finish in this event in order to set himself up for taking out the JWRC title for 2006. A decision by JWRC stewards however, to disqualify Andersson taking away his first place in the Rally of Turkey, has meant that the title is now out of reach.
The event stewards claimed that a mechanic was assisting Andersson with some work under the bonnet in a zone where service was not allowed. However this was not the case. Suzuki has consequently decided to appeal against the exclusion.
Andersson is very disappointed at the exclusion, and says it was based on information that was not true, "I was checking the engine before the super-special on Saturday night, and I was doing this on my own without any assistance. A mechanic is allowed to be there to help change the light pod and that was all that he did".
Nonetheless, there were two Suzuki podium finishes, the provisional winner is still a Suzuki driver - Urmo Aava in his Suzuki Swift, and Jozef Beres took out third place in his Suzuki Ignis. In total, Suzuki set 11 fastest stage times. Suzuki Swift driver Guy Wilks also finished in the points, after a dramatic rally that the Englishman led on the opening stages