Second round of FIA European Rally Championship , Rally Canarias enden prematurely for Chris Ingram due to health reasons on stage 3. Chris was feeling unwell whole week but attempted to start the rally. The team and Chris decided that it is too dangerous to continue under the bad health conditions and he retired. He hopes to recover until the third round of the series, Acropolis Rally.
Orhan Avicoglu has gained a lot of experience in Skoda Fabia R5 on tarmac stages of Canarias and he managed to finish 15th overall in the rally. He said ” Everything was good, big thanks for my team, they were great. We learned a lot. We didn’t take any big risk, we wanted mainly to make ot through” after the last stage.
Despite having mechanical problems during the Rally, the Lebanese driver Gilbert Bannout managed to finish third in ERC2 in a Subaru Impreza.
Chris Ingram crowned his FIA European Rally Championship four-wheel-drive debut with an ERC Junior U28 class victory. During the 3 days close competition, Ingram had 6 best times out of 15 stages in U28. The battle continued until the last stage Tronqueira 2 and Ingram won U28 by 1 minute 08 seconds gap.
Menderes Okur completed the race 4th in ERC2 and scored valuable points for the championship. Orhan Avcioglu had an unfortunate crash in the 11th stage and retired.
Toksport WRT will be following FIA ERC in 2018. Last year’s FIA ERC U27 Champion Chris Ingram and 2017 Balkan Rally Champion Orhan Avcioglu will be driving Skoda Fabia R5. Menderes Okur will be competing in FIA ERC2 in a Subaru Impreza.
Chris Ingram said ” I have been aiming to compete in the top tier of the European Rally Championship for a long time. Thanks to the €100,000 prize fund for winning the ERC Junior U27 title last year it has made that dream a possibility. There were many many discussions and options on the table so It has been an incredibly difficult task to choose the right one. Having met with Toksport in Germany in February I am very confident with my decision, they are a passionate and top team and their offer was too good to refuse. They want to win as much as me so it makes perfect sense! I can’t wait to drive the Fabia R5 for the first time and to start a new title fight in the Azores next week with the new team and car. The Azores is one of my favourite rallies in the world, however I’ll face a big challenge “
Orhan Avcioglu said ” We are embarking on a new campaign for 2018; together with Toksport WRT, we will be racing in the European Rally Championship with Skoda Fabia R5. The ERC is extremely competitive so we need to build on our pace from 2017 season. We are familiar with the car however all the rallies will be new to us. Therefore we need to find the balance between outright speed and consistancy. I would like to thank Toksport WRT for presenting this unique opportunity. “
The first race of the championship will be Rallye Azores on 22nd of March.
Toksport WRT drivers had a successful weekend at WRC Rally Sweden. A small mistake cost Finn driver Janne Tuohino valuable times but he kept his pace and scored 2 times, second fastest stage time in WRC2 . On the famous Colins Crest jump, Jarmo Berg flew to 33 meters with a 10th longest jump overall. By the end of last stage, Janne Tuohino / Reeta Hamalainen finished fifth in WRC2, while Jarmo Berg / Rami Suorso was tenth in WRC2.
Toksport WRT will be racing with 2 crews in Rally Sweden as the opening round of 2018 season. Finnish drivers Janne Tuohino and Reeta Hämäläinen will be competing in Skoda Fabia R5. The second Skoda Fabia R5 will also be driven by Finnish drivers Jarmo Berg and Rami Suorso and both crews will score points for Toksport WRT.
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.”