Toksport WRT will be racing with 2 crews in Rally Sweden as the opening round of 2018 season. Finnish drivers Janne Tuohino and Reeta Hämäläinen will be competing in Skoda Fabia R5. The second Skoda Fabia R5 will also be driven by Finnish drivers Jarmo Berg and Rami Suorso and both crews will score points for Toksport WRT.
Toksport WRT drivers Orhan Avcioglu and Burcin Korkmaz were at the penultimate round of WRC, Wales Rally GB. The duo was on the Wales gravel for the first time and they went off the road in the stage and had a slight damage on the car. Except for the damage to the car, they had no mechanical problem until the end of the rally and with a good pace, they managed to finish rally 14th among 22 WRC2 cars and 33rd in overall.
Toksport WRT drivers Orhan Avcioglu and Burcin Korkmaz scored their first points in WRC 2 at RallyRACC Catalunya 2017. After a 3-day mixed surface rally, they were able to finish 8th in WRC2 and gained valuable experience for the future races.
Orhan Avcioglu said “It’s our first time in WRC2 and also the first time with the Fabia R5. It’s been a very positive rally for us, very valuable experience to test the Skoda on both gravel and tarmac. We tried to make progress all weekend to see where we are with the pace. We have room to improve which is positive. I’m grateful for the opportunity our team has given us, I must thank every member. The car worked like clockwork all weekend with no troubles.”
Toksport WRT drivers Orhan Avcioglu-Burcin Korkmaz are going to be the first Turkish crew to compete in WRC2 category driving a Skoda Fabia R5. The current program includes Rally RACC Catalunya between 5th and 8th October and Wales Rally GB between 26-29 October.
Ever since the foundation, Toksport WRT, who successfully represents Turkey in the global motorsport arena, is leading the way once again. Orhan Avcioglu will be the first Turkish rally driver to participate in the WRC2 category of the World Rally Championship which is one of the most prestigious events in motorsports. Orhan Avcioglu and his co-driver Burçin Korkmaz will drive Skoda Fabia R5 rally car in RallyRACC Catalunya which will take place in Spain between 5th and 8th of October. All preparations are finished for the rally which has both gravel and tarmac stages, Orhan Avcioglu and Toksport WRT is looking forward to the experience and the feedback they are hoping to collect over the weekend and move them to the future races in the WRC category.
For this important step, Orhan Avcioglu states “Our WRC2 program consists of RallyRACC Catalunya and Wales Rally GB. The WRC2 class stands out for being the most competitive category for R5 cars. This will be my first time competing in Spain and GB, as well as my first time driving the Skoda Fabia R5. Our goal for 2018 is to compete in full WRC2 campaign. Therefore we plan to take this opportunity to gain some experience and prepare in the best possible way for 2018 and beyond.”
Toksport WRT completed the 2016 WRC season with Rally Australia. Khalid Al-Suwaidi and Marshall Clarke had the best result of the season and scored 12 points becoming 4th in their class. Despite having a puncture on first day and a mechanical problem on second day, Khalid said that he is happy with the result and his new car Skoda Fabia R5.
Khalid Al-Suwaidi completed the Rally GB in 10th position in WRC2 and have his first point for the championship. The rally took place in Wales under rainy and slippery conditions. Despite having a puncture and loosing 4 minutes on the first stage, they have completed the day in 14th place. They kept their pace for the second day and with a maximum attack on third day, they finished the rally in 10th position and took the points.