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.
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.