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.