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.
A challenging start did not stop Avcioglu / Korkmaz duo to be on the podium at the end of the Arad Rally. The duo struggled in a dust wall at the first stages in the first day and lost valuable times. They started the second day as 5th overall. With a good pace, they gained 2 positions and completed the rally on podium 3rd overall.
Toksport WRT drivers Orhan Avcioglu and Burçin Korkmaz claimed their first victory at Ege Rally in the opening round of Turkish Rally Championship. The duo completed the rally with a gap of 1 minute 16 seconds to their closest rival. Toksport WRT Group N drivers Menderes Okur and Ufuk Uluocak missed the podium chance just by 0.1 seconds and completed the rally 4th in Group N and 10th overall.
Toksport WRT signed with Orhan Avcioglu and Burcin Korkmaz for 2017 Turkish Rally Championship. The duo will be aiming the title of 2017 season under Toksport WRT colours.
Orhan Avcioglu said; ” I am excited and happy to be a part of Toksport WRT family for our goals for the future. We aim to be on top of the podium for 2017 Turkish Rally Championship. We will be driving a R5 Rally Car and I am impatient to make the first test with the car “