Toksport WRT has dominated the final round of Turkish Circuit Championship in Izmir with 7 cars. The team has raced with 3 Seat Leon TCR’s in the super group and 4 cars (1 Nissan GT-R GT3, 1 Porsche 991 GT3 Cup Gen II and 2 Porsche 991 GT3 Cup Gen I) in Maxi Group.
Umit Ulku became the Turkish Circuit Champion in Maxi Group with Nissan GT-R GT3 and celebrated his 10th crown. Toksport WRT Rally driver Orhan Avcioglu raced this weekend in Porsche 991 GT3 Cup car and finished second in the first race and returned home with good memories from his first circuit race. Despite having an offtrack in the first race, Berkay Besler managed to finish 3rd overall in Porsche 991 GT3 Cup Gen II. Caglayan Celik won the first race in Super Group with Seat Leon TCR and became third in the second race. Turgut Konukoglu also had a very good pace and he managed to complete both races in Super Group on the podium as second with Seat Leon TCR.
By the end of the race Toksport WRT has completed it’s 2017 season and already started to get prepared for 2018.
A two day testing at Intercity Istanbul Park Circuit was completed by Toksport WRT drivers. The race cars did over 1.250 km of testing in the Formula 1 circuit and team engineers gathered valuable data for the future. Berkay Besler was the quickest driver in the test and he did 1 minute and 59.34 seconds lap time in Porsche GT3 Cup Gen II car.
Orhan Avcioglu and Burcin Korkmaz had an unlucky weekend at Rallye Casinos do Algarve for the FIA ERT Final. The duo completed the first day third overall and second in FIA ERT. The misfortune started with the second day’s stages. They had a puncture following by an off road. With this incident, Orhan’s podium and FIA ERT title hope evaporated and he had to retire from the rally.
Ugur Soylu and his new co-driver Mehmet Koleoglu finished in second position after the two day battle in Kocaeli Rally for the final round of Turkish Rally Championship. Ugur had a good pace and hold the first place at the end of day one but due to a puncture on the opening stage of the second day he lost his lead and completed the rally in second place . With this result Ugur also completed the season in second place in Turkish Rally Championship. Menderes Okur and Ufuk Uluocak had to retire in their Mitsubishi Evo IX due to a mechanical failure.
Toksport WRT drivers Orhan Avcioglu and Burcin Korkmaz were at the penultimate round of WRC, Wales Rally GB. The duo was on the Wales gravel for the first time and they went off the road in the stage and had a slight damage on the car. Except for the damage to the car, they had no mechanical problem until the end of the rally and with a good pace, they managed to finish rally 14th among 22 WRC2 cars and 33rd in overall.
Orhan Avcioğlu and Burçín Korkmaz romped to an emphatic victory in the Marmaris Rally, Turkey’s dress rehearsal event for inclusion in the 2018 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC).
The Toksport WRT Skoda Fabia R5 driver won seven of the 13 special stages in the hills and remote villages to the north and west of Marmaris. Avcioğlu controlled his pace to perfection to the finish to claim a winning margin of 6min 08.9sec.
Mustafa Bulutoğlulari took the last place on podium in Toksport WRT run Skoda Fabia R5 and Uğur Soylu finished fourth in Toksport WRT run Skoda Fabia R5.
Menderes Okur was 9th overall and Vedat Diker finished 11th overall in Toksport WRT run Mitsubishi Evo IX’s.
Orhan Avcioglu said ” It’s been an amazing weekend, almost like a roller coaster! We had a tight fight for the podium since the first stage. We made a mistake and went off the road on Saturday but Skoda proved that it’s built tough and managed to escape with only cosmetic damage. Other than that we made no mistakes and tried to drive as fast as possible. Marmaris Rally Turkey is the most important motorsport event in Turkey, we are absolutely delighted to win! Also with this win we managed to secure the title for FIA Balkan Rally Trophy “
Toksport WRT drivers Orhan Avcioglu and Burcin Korkmaz scored their first points in WRC 2 at RallyRACC Catalunya 2017. After a 3-day mixed surface rally, they were able to finish 8th in WRC2 and gained valuable experience for the future races.
Orhan Avcioglu said “It’s our first time in WRC2 and also the first time with the Fabia R5. It’s been a very positive rally for us, very valuable experience to test the Skoda on both gravel and tarmac. We tried to make progress all weekend to see where we are with the pace. We have room to improve which is positive. I’m grateful for the opportunity our team has given us, I must thank every member. The car worked like clockwork all weekend with no troubles.”
Toksport WRT drivers Orhan Avcioglu-Burcin Korkmaz are going to be the first Turkish crew to compete in WRC2 category driving a Skoda Fabia R5. The current program includes Rally RACC Catalunya between 5th and 8th October and Wales Rally GB between 26-29 October.
Ever since the foundation, Toksport WRT, who successfully represents Turkey in the global motorsport arena, is leading the way once again. Orhan Avcioglu will be the first Turkish rally driver to participate in the WRC2 category of the World Rally Championship which is one of the most prestigious events in motorsports. Orhan Avcioglu and his co-driver Burçin Korkmaz will drive Skoda Fabia R5 rally car in RallyRACC Catalunya which will take place in Spain between 5th and 8th of October. All preparations are finished for the rally which has both gravel and tarmac stages, Orhan Avcioglu and Toksport WRT is looking forward to the experience and the feedback they are hoping to collect over the weekend and move them to the future races in the WRC category.
For this important step, Orhan Avcioglu states “Our WRC2 program consists of RallyRACC Catalunya and Wales Rally GB. The WRC2 class stands out for being the most competitive category for R5 cars. This will be my first time competing in Spain and GB, as well as my first time driving the Skoda Fabia R5. Our goal for 2018 is to compete in full WRC2 campaign. Therefore we plan to take this opportunity to gain some experience and prepare in the best possible way for 2018 and beyond.”
Toksport WRT drivers Orhan Avcioglu and Burcin Korkmaz climbed to leadership at Balkan Rally Tropy after winning the Serbia Rally. After a 2 day battle with Plamen Staykov , Orhan made an enough gap before the last stage for winning the rally. Toksport WRT drivers for Group N, Menderes Okur and Ufuk Uluocak also made a good job and completed second in European Rally Trophy and finished 9th overall in Rally Serbia.
Toksport WRT raced in Turkish Circuit Championship at Korfez race track with 3 cars this weekend.
Umit Ulku won both races at Maxi Group in Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 and kept leading the Maxi group. He also improved his own track record and broke the record with a lap time of 41.757 seconds.
Caglayan Celik won first time in Seat Leon TCR and beat his opponents in the second race with a successful driving.
Galip Atar finished both races in third place in Seat Leon TCR and he is following the leader by one point at Super group.