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 next round of FIA Middle Eastern Rally Championship, 2016 Jordan Rally will be organized between 5thand 7th of May. TOKSPORT WRT will be again representing Turkey in this rally with three crews, two from Qatar and one from Turkey. There will be 11 different nationalities competing the rally and TOKSPORT WRT drivers Vedat Diker – Erdal Oral are the only team from Turkey.
Following the ceremonial start on Thursday 5th of May, crews will be competing in the super special stage of Abdali. 2016 Jordan Rally is has total of 640km where 19 special stages will be run on 222 km. Driving TOKSPORT WRT’s Ford Fiesta R5 and sponsored by Culture & Sport Qatar Rally Team the duo Khalid Al-Suwaidi and Giovanni Bernacchini are the biggest threat to the legendary status driver Nasser Al-Attiyah in this year’s rally. The team’s other Qatari driver Abdullah-Al Kuwari is aiming the group N Championship title in their Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X. The experienced duo Vedat Diker – Erdal Oral are also competing in the group N championship in their Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X. Multiple Turkish Champion Vedat Diker, is aiming the top spots of the podium in this rally after getting used to the tough conditions and unique challenges of middle eastern roads competing the first two rallies of the season.
The team who is following the championship from the first round has completed all their preparations for the rally. Running three cars in R5 and N4 classes, TOKSPORT WRT is aiming the top spots of the podium in this rally.