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 “
The last leg for FIA MERC has been completed with the Cyprus Rally. Toksport WRT drivers Khalid Al-Suwaidi and Mustafa Bulutoglulari had to retire and Abdullah Al-Kuwari finished the race 29th overall among 47 cars. Khalid Al-Suwaidi forced to retire after stage 2 with an engine problem after a long jump and a damage to radiator. Mustafa Bulutoglulari retired after stage 9 with a roll.
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.