Chris Ingram crowned his FIA European Rally Championship four-wheel-drive debut with an ERC Junior U28 class victory. During the 3 days close competition, Ingram had 6 best times out of 15 stages in U28. The battle continued until the last stage Tronqueira 2 and Ingram won U28 by 1 minute 08 seconds gap.
Menderes Okur completed the race 4th in ERC2 and scored valuable points for the championship. Orhan Avcioglu had an unfortunate crash in the 11th stage and retired.
Toksport WRT will be following FIA ERC in 2018. Last year’s FIA ERC U27 Champion Chris Ingram and 2017 Balkan Rally Champion Orhan Avcioglu will be driving Skoda Fabia R5. Menderes Okur will be competing in FIA ERC2 in a Subaru Impreza.
Chris Ingram said ” I have been aiming to compete in the top tier of the European Rally Championship for a long time. Thanks to the €100,000 prize fund for winning the ERC Junior U27 title last year it has made that dream a possibility. There were many many discussions and options on the table so It has been an incredibly difficult task to choose the right one. Having met with Toksport in Germany in February I am very confident with my decision, they are a passionate and top team and their offer was too good to refuse. They want to win as much as me so it makes perfect sense! I can’t wait to drive the Fabia R5 for the first time and to start a new title fight in the Azores next week with the new team and car. The Azores is one of my favourite rallies in the world, however I’ll face a big challenge “
Orhan Avcioglu said ” We are embarking on a new campaign for 2018; together with Toksport WRT, we will be racing in the European Rally Championship with Skoda Fabia R5. The ERC is extremely competitive so we need to build on our pace from 2017 season. We are familiar with the car however all the rallies will be new to us. Therefore we need to find the balance between outright speed and consistancy. I would like to thank Toksport WRT for presenting this unique opportunity. “
The first race of the championship will be Rallye Azores on 22nd of March.
Ugur Soylu and his new co-driver Mehmet Koleoglu finished in second position after the two day battle in Kocaeli Rally for the final round of Turkish Rally Championship. Ugur had a good pace and hold the first place at the end of day one but due to a puncture on the opening stage of the second day he lost his lead and completed the rally in second place . With this result Ugur also completed the season in second place in Turkish Rally Championship. Menderes Okur and Ufuk Uluocak had to retire in their Mitsubishi Evo IX due to a mechanical failure.
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 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.
Toksport WRT drivers Menderes Okur and Ufuk Uluocak wins Group N in their Mitsubishi Evo IX at 42nd Yesil Bursa Rally. They led the Group N category from the beginning of the rally and finished on the top in his class. Orhan Avcioglu and Burcin Korkmaz retired in their Ford Fiesta R5 with an engine failure in the first stage of the rally. The exhaust manifold was broken and as a result, they lost the power and had to retire.
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 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.
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.
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.