Borusan Automotive Motorsports has finalized the FIA WTC Championship at streets of Macau. In its first season, the team finished 5th overall which is a great success for a newcomer.
The heavy damage on the car at the penultimate round of the championship in Japan, caused a major change on team’s schedule. New BMW 320 has been prepared by the team just in 3 days and sent to Macau.
The race was held on the streets of Macau and after a successful test session on Thursday, the driver Ibrahim Okyay was ready for Seeding laps on friday.
But unfortunately, he slid and hit the backside of his BMW. Toksport mechanics and engineers have worked so hard to boost again at the starting grid and they succeeded.
Despite this unfortunate incident, Okyay was 8th at the seeding laps and was in front of his rival Romanov.Borusan Automotive Motorsports driver Okyay, finished the first race 4th at Independents and 18th overall, on Sunday.
There were 30 competitors on the race track and on the 2nd race Okyay finished 4th at independents and 10th overall. The final round of the championship was a great success for the team and with the points collected on this weekend, the team wrapped the season up 5th overall. Okyay has finished the season 6th on independents class.
The curtain came down on the Turkish Rally Championship 2008 season on last weekend. Ford Otosan Kocaeli Rally has ended on Sunday. Crews had to challenge on loose surface. Luckily, the weather was warm as remains from summer days, tough, some stages included muddy and harsh portions.
Rally covered 128,40 Km. long 9 gravel stages, and 376,27 Km. in total.Final round of the season has faced a challenge which will never be forgotten.
Championship leader and former Champion Serkan Yazici, won the rally after his team mate and rival Mehmet Besler’s roll on 6th stage. Fatih Kara who was 2nd on the standings and driving a Punto S1600, couldn’t even force Yazici on the loose surface and threw in the towel early at the opening stages. Toksport driver Sinan Pulat and his Co-driver Tibet Celepgil in their Mitsubishi EVO VI, has signed a great success against Works drivers on the final round of the championship.
Despite their car’s old technology, their stable performance and patience at the stages, gave them the opportunity to stand at the podium. Duo came 3rd on Group N and Class 4, and also 5th overall.
Last weekend, Toksport had two challenges to face, one was in Izmir Turkiye for Turkish Touring Car Championship (TTCC) and the other one was in Okayama Japan for World Touring Car Championship (WTCC). Izmir Race was the last of the season and Borusan Motorsports driver Aytaç Biter already ensured his title at the previous round. But this did not made Toksport Crew’s job easier, because their appearance on the track should merit Biter’s title. So they did. After a meticulous preparation, Aytaç Biter’s BMW was ready to boost and despite his secure title, his effort was appreciated by the grandstand crowds: His personal best, best time at the seeding and victory on both race 1 and race 2 of the weekend. He deserved to be at the top with support of Toksport’s hard work, then it is time to celebrate. The second squad had to move a long way to Okayama, Japan for 11th round of WTCC. But Japanese rainy skies did not bring good luck to Borusan Motorsports driver Ibrahim Okyay. On the first race of the weekend, Russian BMW driver Andrey Romanov hit Okyay’s car and pushed out of the track. This heavy damage forced Okyay to retire and farewell to precious points to be earned on Okayama Racetrack. The Panel of the Stewards judged the Russian guilty for the incident he had with Borusan Motorsport”s Ibrahim Okyay; the penalty meant that Romanov slipped down from 19th overall and 6th of the Independents, to 22nd and 8th respectively. Toksport has just one more race to go before the existing season ends, which will be organized in Macau on 13-16 November.