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.
Qatari driver Khalid AlSuwaidi, is competing in the fifth round of FIA World Rally Championship, Rally de Portugal in his TOKSPORT WRT prepared Ford Fiesta R5. Khalid AlSuwaidi – Marshall Clarke who is competing in FIA Middle East Rally Championship this season, will be starting to their third WRC rally of the season with TOKSPORT WRT. Sponsored by Culture & Sport Qatar Rally Team, the duo is aiming a podium result in WRC2 class. Rally de Portugal will start on 19 May Thursday and in the next four days the teams will cover 1684km in total where 368km is special stages.
The second round of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus Rally Championship, 2. Şevketoğlu Rally is won by TOKSPORT WRT drivers Mustafa Bulutoğulları and Ahmet Özerdem. The second round of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus Rally Championship, 2. Şevketoğlu Rally is won by TOKSPORT WRT drivers Mustafa Bulutoğulları and Ahmet Özerdem.
The rally organised by Northen Cyprus Touring and Automobile Club (KKTOK) in the honour of late Ahmet Şevketoğlu has started with the super special stage in Cemsa Karting Circuit. Racing with TOKSPORT WRT’s Ford Fiesta RS WRC Mustafa Bulutoğulları has completed the first stage with the best time of 03:49:731 which had a slippery surface due to earlier rain. Second day of the rally had 7 seven special stages with a total of 65 kilometer. Mustafa Bulutoğulları kept his lead all day and finished the rally as the outright winner even though it was his first rally in his new car. The winner duo also completed the 10,70 km power stage with the best time and added another three points into overall classification.
TOKSPORT WRT drivers Mustafa Bulutoğulları – Ahmet Özerdem are holding a strong position in the highly competitive Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus Rally Championship after their recent victory. The championship will continue with the third round on 11 – 12 June.
Qatari driver Khalid Al-Suwaidi and his co-driver Giovanni Bernacchini participated to the first round of Middle East Rally Championship, International Qatar Rally with Ford Fiesta R5 of TOKSPORT WRT.The crew, sponsored by Culture & Sport Qatar Rally Team had a test before the rally to find the right set-ups and choose the best tyres for the tough gravel stages. Only 7 drivers could finish the 13 special stages covering 241km in a total route of 535km. Khalid Al-Suwaidi won 3 stages with a great performance. Qatari driver finished in the 2nd place in overall classification and had a succesful start to the new season. The following event of Middle East Rally Championship will be kicked of on 14-16 March, in Kuwait.
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