The last leg for FIA MERC has been completed with the Cyprus Rally. Toksport WRT drivers Khalid Al-Suwaidi and Mustafa Bulutoglulari had to retire and Abdullah Al-Kuwari finished the race 29th overall among 47 cars. Khalid Al-Suwaidi forced to retire after stage 2 with an engine problem after a long jump and a damage to radiator. Mustafa Bulutoglulari retired after stage 9 with a roll.
The next round of FIA Middle Eastern Rally Championship, 2016 Jordan Rally will be organized between 5thand 7th of May. TOKSPORT WRT will be again representing Turkey in this rally with three crews, two from Qatar and one from Turkey. There will be 11 different nationalities competing the rally and TOKSPORT WRT drivers Vedat Diker – Erdal Oral are the only team from Turkey.
Following the ceremonial start on Thursday 5th of May, crews will be competing in the super special stage of Abdali. 2016 Jordan Rally is has total of 640km where 19 special stages will be run on 222 km. Driving TOKSPORT WRT’s Ford Fiesta R5 and sponsored by Culture & Sport Qatar Rally Team the duo Khalid Al-Suwaidi and Giovanni Bernacchini are the biggest threat to the legendary status driver Nasser Al-Attiyah in this year’s rally. The team’s other Qatari driver Abdullah-Al Kuwari is aiming the group N Championship title in their Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X. The experienced duo Vedat Diker – Erdal Oral are also competing in the group N championship in their Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X. Multiple Turkish Champion Vedat Diker, is aiming the top spots of the podium in this rally after getting used to the tough conditions and unique challenges of middle eastern roads competing the first two rallies of the season.
The team who is following the championship from the first round has completed all their preparations for the rally. Running three cars in R5 and N4 classes, TOKSPORT WRT is aiming the top spots of the podium in this rally.
TOKSPORT WRT as the only Turkish Rally Team competing in FIA Middle Eastern Rally Championship, is entering the second round Kuwait Rally with four cars. Two cars each will be competing from Turkey and Qatar. The rally will be organized between 24 and 26 of March. During these three days, teams will be covering 583 km of stages including 212 kilometres of special stages.TOKSPORT WRT as the only Turkish Rally Team competing in FIA Middle Eastern Rally Championship, is entering the second round Kuwait Rally with four cars. Two cars each will be competing from Turkey and Qatar. The rally will be organized between 24 and 26 of March. During these three days, teams will be covering 583 km of stages including 212 kilometres of special stages.
Competing with TOKSPORT WRT’s Ford Fiesta R5 and under the sponsorship of Culture & Sport Qatar Rally Team, Khalid Al-Suwaidi is currently in the second overall position in the championship after the first round in Qatar. His Qatari team mate Abdullah-Al Kuwari is in second position in his class and fourth overall in his Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X.
One of the Turkish crews entering this year’s Kuwait Rally is Vedat Diker – Erdal Oral. They will be competing in their Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X and aiming the podium in Group N class. Vedat Diker who has countless national championships under his belt will be on the start line for his first Kuwait Rally.
One of the top contenders of FIA Middle East Rally Championship Group N Class, Yiğit Timur is aiming the top spot in his class after having a misfortune in the first round. After showing his speed and driving skills in the first round, he mentioned that as a team they are very well prepared for this round. Timur quoted “All our preparations for the Kuwait Rally has been completed. As always TOKSPORT WRT has prepared our car in its best condition. With my experienced co-driver Ufuk Uluocak we will be representing our country and aiming the top spot in the rally”
TOKSPORT WRT won the T2 class in FIA World Cross Country Championship, the fifth round of the championship Baja Aragon in Spain. Qatari pilot Adel Hussein Abdulla and his French co pilot Jean-Michel Polato drove their Qatar Motor and Motorcycle Federation (QMMF) and Nissan Middle East sponsored Nissan Patrol Y62 to victory after 3 days of highly competetive race. This victory has brought them one step closer to championship title.
TOKSPORT WRT drivers Menderes Okur & Bora Arabacı won the Group N class in the fourth round of Turkish Rally Championship, 41. Green Bursa Rally.The Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IX pair has competed in the gruelling gravel stages for two days. After the first three stages on day one, Menderes Okur topped the timehseets in the class and kept his lead till to the end of the rally to claim the winners spot.
TOKSPORT WRT is participating with two crews in the 8th round of FIA World Rally Championship, 2016 Rally Finland which is held between 28 and 31 July.
Former Skoda WRC driver Janne Tuohino and his long time co driver Markku Tuohino will be driving TOKSPORT WRT’s Ford Fiesta R5. Veteran Finnish pilot will be competing in WRC2 category. Matti Koskelo and Rami Suorsa will be driving team’s other car Ford Fiesta RS WRC in RC1 class
The teams will be covering 334 km of special stages, 1370 km in total in Rally Finland which is known as Gravel Grand Prix, the fastest gravel rally on earth. Teams will be competing in 24 special stages in 4 days rally starting on Thursday. Finnish drivers’ dominance in the rally still continues since the first rally which was held in 1951. There are 54 victories by Finnish drivers in the last 65 years.
The only Turkish team competing in World Rally Championship, TOKSPORT WRT is aiming for success with their local drivers in this weekend’s Rally Finland.
TOKSPORT WRT drivers Mustafa Bulutoğulları-Ahmet Özerdem have finished second overall with a 0.8 second gap to the winner the third round of Northern Cyprus Rally Championship, Famagusta Hendek Rally. The other TOKSPORT WRT team racing in their Ford Fiesta R2 Bora Manyera-Deniz Fahri have finished the rally as class A6 winner.
A blown tyre has caused valuable time loss to Mustafa Bulutoğulları in this sprint rally where the teams drove the Hendek stage twice. The duo of Bulutoğulları-Özerdem racing in Ford Fiesta RS WRC tried to close the gap in the second run of the stage however that was not enough to win the rally. TOKSPORT WRT drivers who lost the rally with only 0.8 second are one of the top title contenders of the championship. The winner of the two wheel category was Bora Manyeri. Ford Fiesta R2 drivers Manyera and Fahri finished the rally a minute ahead of their closest rivals and completed the rally as class A6 winner.
The fourth round of the Northern Cyprus Rally Championship will continue on 2-3 July.
In the highly competitive third round of Turkish National Rally Championship, TOKSPORT WRT completed the race on podium.
In two day long and 104 km event, 48 crews have started and competed in eight special stages. TOKSPORT WRT drivers Menderes Okur – Bora Arabaci finished third in Group N class in their Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IX. The race to the top spot of the Group N classification has continued till to the last special stage of the rally. Okur one of the top contenders of the Group N title for the season has earned valuable additional points by completing the extra point bonus stage of the rally in third place.
Castrol Ford Team Turkey drivers Murat Bostancı and Onur Vatansever have finished the rally in second overall position in their Ford Fiesta R5 runned by TOKSPORT WRT. In his second gravel rally in Fiesta R5, Bostancı has completed the extra point bonus stage in second position and earned valuable points in his title race for the championship. Last year’s European Rally Cup Champion Bostanci is leading the overall classification after Kocaeli Rally.
Turkish Rally Championship will continue on 23 – 24 July in Rally of Green Bursa.