The opening round of FIA Middle East Rally Championship (MERC) Qatar International Rally will take place in the gravel stages of Qatar on 4th-6th February. Qatar International Rally will be runned in 13 special stages covering 241km in a total route of 535km. TOKSPORT WRT is taking part with 4 crews in the rally. Turkish drivers Yigit Timur – Ufuk Uluocak and Vedat\ Diker – Erdal Oral will be competing with Mitsubishi Lancer EVOX of TOKSPORT WRT. Qatari driver Khalid El Suwaidi and his co-driver Giovanni Bernacchini is attending to the rally with Ford Fiesta R5 in the sponsorhip of Culture AMD Sport Qatar Rally Team. Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X of Abdulla Al Kuwari – Adhil Husain will be runned buy TOKSPORT WRT. The crew is sponsored by Qatar Motor and Motorcycle Federation. TOKSPORT WRT targets to dominate the rally and take the lead of group N class.
The opening round of Finland national rally championship 50th Arctic Lapland Rally, organised on 29-30th of January. Finnish drivers Matti Koskelo #2 and Kimmo Kurkela #3 participated in the rally with Ford Fiesta RS WRC of Toksport WRT.
The crews had a test before the rally to get used to Ford Fiesta RS WRC and to find the right set-ups. In the first day after 5 stages Kimmo Kurkela took the final spot on the podium and Matti Koskelo took 8th overall. In the first stage of the second day, Matti had an off which costed him 5 minutes. On the other hand, Kimmo took the best time of 2 stages while he was was getting used to the car and tough stages. However in the penultimate stage of the rally, he hit a snowbank and lost 10 minutes which costed him the last place of the podium. Kimmo was the fourth fastest in the last stage but it wasn’t enough for him to catch the podium. Jarkko Nikara was leading the rally in overall until he had an off in the last stage. TOKSPORT WRT driver Kimmo Kurkela missed a possibble podium chance but finished in the first place in class 7. The other driver of the team Matti Koskelo also hit a snowbank in the last stage and because of being late to TC he couldn’t take part in the classification.
The upcoming event for the team is the first round of Middle East Rally Championship (MERC) International Qatar Rally between 4-6th February. TOKSPORT WRT will be taking part as the only Turkish team in this rally and they are running twoTurkish drivers for the “Group N Champion” title.
TOK SPORT WRT is opening the 2016 season in Arctic Lapland Rally, which is the first round of Finland national rally championship.50th Arctic Lapland Rally, known as the coldest rally in the world, will be organised in -30C degree in tough weather and road conditions. The rally will start with 145 crews in 29th of January and 10 special stages covering 233km in a total route of 829km. TOK SPORT WRT is the only Turkish team attending to this legendary rally with 2 latest spec. Ford Fiesta RS WRC. Finnish drivers Matti Koskelo – Rami Suorsa and Kimmo Kurkela – Markku Tuohino will be competing for the top of the podium. The team is taking part in the most prestigious motorsport events including European Rally Championship and Middle East Rally Championship as a succesfull representative of Turkey. TOK SPORT WRT is starting the new season to aim at succes in all participated championships with their competitive cars and international drivers.
Toksport WRT had participated ”Bosphorus Rally”, the 6th leg of European Rally Trophy, last weekend with 2 cars in total. Khalid Al-Suwaidi & John Higgins sponsored by ”Qatar Youth&Sport Ministries”, had driven the Ford Fiesta RRC of Toksport WRT and Menderes Okur & Bora Arabaci in GR.N class with a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9. Menderes Okur & Bora Arabaci found a good pace and managed to finish the rally in 1st place in Gr.N class and 4th place in overall, without any problem. Our crew gained valuable points for the championship and sustaining their assertion for winning their class this season.Qatari driver Khalid Al-Suwaidi and his Irish co-driver John Higgins had participated Bosphorus Rally as a test race before the second half of Middle-East Rally Championship. Crew damaged the rear-right wheel and had broken the toe arm in the 5th special stage on saturday. On sunday, crew continued the rally by super rally regulations, but in the 2nd special stage of the day, they went off the road and couldn’t managed to get back and retired. Our following race will be kicked off between 3-6 September in Lebanon.
Akdeniz Local Rally Championship, which organized by Antalya Motorsports Club, is finished after tarmac rally this weekend. Teams run on Hillclimb race on Saturday and a tarmac rally made of 6 stages on Sunday. Championship leader Mustafa Soylemez with his Toksport made Evo 9, was successful to protect his leadership after Hillclimb on Saturday. He came second at Category 3 and with the points he gained, he was ready to boost on Sundays stages as a championship leader.
Unfortunately, his Evo could not carry on because of its bended gear linkage, after an impact in the middle of the stage. Despite he left the rally without points, Toksport Driver could manage to finish the Championship on second place.
Toksport’s newcomer for the 2009 season Omer Erdem was also at the podium of the Championship. He finished 3rd with his Evo 8 on Saturday’s hillclimb, while he caught by rain just after his start.
Erdem was on the leaderboard on Sunday’s Tarmac Rally until he struggle with a flat tyre on 3rd stage. He decided to push hard to get the rally lead as well as championship win. But on the very last stage, he slid and off the road. Erdem was retired after hitting his Evo’s back.
The rally was made of 6 stages. 8,90 km and 6,50 km tarmac stages were run twice. These 2 stages were combined and the new 16 km stage were run twice again. Teams had to drive 62,8 km special stages in total.
Toksport was very close to get the title with its two drivers. At the end of the weekend Istanbul based team had 2 drivers on the podium.
Middle East Rally Championship (MERC) 2009 season opener Qatar Rally ended up on last Saturday. Existing Champion Nasser Al Attiyah has won the rally on his home soil. He led the whole rally at his Evo’s wheel, starting from the first stage and was very easy to make it to the podium for Qatari driver. His rival Khalid Al Qassimi finsihed second while Saudi Arabian driver Yazeed Al-Rajhi finished third.
Kuwaiti driver Meshal Al Nejadi finished the rally 10th overall. He struggled with flat tyres twice and drop down on the list but he fought back and climbed up to his row. His new Evo 9 which is prepared by TOKSPORT worked well and he got used to drive faster stage by stage.
Crews had to challenge 262,50 km long 14 special stages for two days. NBK Qatar Rally has opened the MERC season and the next round of the series will be at Kuwait on 5-7 March 2009
Middle East Rally Championship (MERC) boosts the new season at Qatar. The first event of the series NBK Qatar Rally will be organised by Qatar Motoring and Motorsports Federation on 23rd and 24th of January.
One of the Regulars of MERC Meshal AL NEJADI has made a radical change for the upcoming season and dediced to change his group/class from A6 to N4. He will be driving a Mitsubishi Evo 9 which is prepared and run by Turkish garage Toksport. The Team has worked a lot to get ready for the first round of the Championship. Ahmad AL KHARAS will be co-driving Kuwaiti and try to get used to their new EVO 9.
NBK Qatar Rally will start on 23rd of January at 09:00. The start place as anounced before will be at Lusail. The crews will have to challenge 14 special stages on loose surface. Total length of the rally will be 617,40 km. and 262,50 Km. of it is 14 special stages. Finish ceremony of the event will be at 15:30 on 24th of January at Lusail again.
Rally fans are happy with off-season event Castrol Istanbul Local Rally Championship. Teams can get points from 3 rallies of this local championship and two of them has already organised.
When the National Championship is over and teams are waiting for the upcoming seasons first event, they are able to practise and as well as have fun.
Toksport”s Evo9 driver Mustafa Soylemez and his co-driver Bora Arabaci decided to join the local championship but they already missed the first event. However, they could find a good place at the ranking table after the second rally of the series. Mr Soylemez on his Evo9”s wheel, finished the second rally 5th overall and class N4. He found himself 8th overall at the championship ranking. Last round of the series will be organised on 25th of January.
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.