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Event History

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Rallying in professional terms in Turkey dates back to 1972 when Mr. Ali Sipahi created the “Günaydın Rally” . This event received extraordinary attention as it followed a 2000 km route through the following cities. Istanbul, Şile, Adapazarı, Kandıra, Akçakoca, Zonguldak, Amasra, Devrek, Bolu, Beypazarı, Ankara, Nallıhan, Taraklı, Bilecik, Bursa, Uludağ and Karamürsel. Of the 50 registrations there were 38 starters and the Engin Serozan-Turgut Oğuz team driving the number 17 Renault 12 was the victor. Second position went to Mete Oktar-Levent Pekün in a Murat 124 and third position to Ahmet Adil-Reşat Küçükertan.

In 1998 the Rally of Turkey moved to the heart of Turkish automotive industry: Bursa. Only 29 of the 51 entrants were able to complete the rally which consisted of 600 km of tarmac stages. The Italian team Alessandro Fiorio-Nadia Mazzon won the rally in 2:12:52.
In the 28th Rally of Turkey, Volkan Işık was the name who saw the start and the finish first. Only 29 of the 60 entrants were able to complete the rally. Because of the successful organization in 1999, Rally of Turkey had from 5 coefficient to 20 coefficient risen.

In 2000 The Toyota Castrol team of Henrik Lundgaard and Jens Christian Anker from Denmark driving a Toyota Corolla WRC won the 29th Rally of Turkey. The rally which awards points towards the European Rally Championship took place in Bursa and Iznik between 15-17 September.

When Lundgaard’s main rival in the European rally championship, Bruno Thiry, was forced to retire from the rally Lundgaard was able to claim the title of European Rally Champion. With a final time of 2 hours 50.12.6 Lundgaard and Anker were the first team to take advantage of the Rally of Turkey’s first ever 20 point co-efficiency. He achieved 24 best times out of a total of 27 special stages. In a rally of 73 starters, only 38 managed to reach the finish. The Bursa, İznik and Citroen spectator stages covered a total of 950,24 km with 27 special stages.

The 29th Rally of Turkey was organized by the Turkish Automobile and Motorsports Federation with the support of Tofaş Fiat, who were the main sponsors, and the Ministries of Culture and Tourism. The Toyota Team Atakan of local hero Serkan Yazıcı and Erkan Bodur came second in their Toyota Corolla WRC with a total time of 2 hours 54.17.4 Serkan enjoyed the advantage of coming from Bursa and having the support of the locals. He drove very consistently and maintained his second position over the final 2 days.

The Kaldera Racing Team of Ercan Kazaz and Cem Bakançocukları claimed 3rd position in their Subaru Impreza WRC for Turkey with a final time of 2 hours 55.35.3. Their team partners of Volkan Işık and Erkan Bodur made a good start but lost their second position after accelerator pedal problems. Despite this, they still managed to come 4th.

The only foreign lady driver, Isolde Holderied, put in an outstanding performance coming 5th overall in her Toyota Corolla WRC. She is Henrik’s partner in the Toyota Castrol team and surprised everyone when she really challenged Volkan Işık in the Citroen Spectator stage. Hakan Dinç of the Opel Motorsport team came first in the F2 classification .Ali Deveci came first in the F3 category with a Punto Kıt car and Nejat Avcı took second place in this category with a Citroen Saxo Kıt car driving for Citroen Sport Turkey.

The 29th Rally of Turkey which awards a 20 co-efficiency towards the European Rally Championship fırst time has been broadcasted lıve on NTV,CNN Türk and Olay TV .At the same time the event was broadcasted through out Europe with the help of the Courtney Team and Eurosport. The event finished at Holiday Inn in Bursa with a price giving ceremony.

The 30th Tofaş-Fiat Rally of Turkey, organized by the Turkish Automobile and Motorsports Federation, finished at the International Izmir Fair headquarters on Sunday, 6th May. It was the first time Izmir hosted a European 20 co-efficiency rally.The German team of Armin Kremer-Fred Berssen in their Toyota Corolla WRC claimed victory with a time of 3.15:45.3. Of the 62 teams who took the start on 4th May only 35 succeeded in reaching the finish.

Serkan Yazıcı-Erkan Bodur driving a Toyota for Team Atakan claimed 2nd position with a time of 3.18:11.1 and 3rd position went to the Russian team of Alexander Potapov-Alexei Pushkin in a time of 3.20:39.7.There was a great battle between the Toyota WRC’s of Armin Kremer and Serkan Yazıcı from the first day, and their struggle for best time over the stages gave great pleasure to the spectators. Ercan Kazaz-Cem Bakançocukları in their Subaru Impreza dislayed their ability and experience by keeping within the first 4 during most stages.

There were 8 foreign teams from 5 different countries competing in the 30th Tofaş-Fiat Rally of Turkey which took them through 993 km of roads, 302 of which were special stages. The Belgian team of Rocco Theunıssen-Erwin Mombaerts in a Toyota Corolla WRC were consistently within the first five until bad luck struck on the second day when a technical problem caused their car to catch fire. Murat Akdilek and Deniz Cengiz were involved in separate accidents on the same day but fortunately nobody suffered serious injury. These incidents again emphasize the importance of security on the special stages.

There was a hard fought-competition in Group N between Celal Gülerhan-Mehmet Yazıcı and Ali Ersin-Ahmet Yöruk which evetually favoured Ali Ersin. Celal Gülerhan maintained the lead until the last stage when Ali Ersin made a final attack and gained advantage by 0.6 sec. Victory in the F3 category went to Nejat Avcı-Özden Yılmaz in theır Citroen Saxo Kit Car with second place going to Ali Deveci-Kaan Özşenler competıng for the Tofaş Fiat Motorsports team in their Fıat Punto Kit Car.

The 31st Tofas Rally, organized by the Turkish Automobile and Motorsports Federation, finished at the International Izmir Fair headquarters on Sunday, 18th May. The Polish team of Janusz Kulig-Jarek Baran in their Ford Focus WRC claimed victory. Of the 78 teams who took the start on 10th of May, only 35 succeeded in reaching the finish.

Second place went to the German team of Anthony Warmbold-Gemma Price who continued their chase right up to the end and finished 31.7 seconds behind the winners. 3rd place on the podium went to the Turkish team Hakan Dinc-Afsin Baydar in their Subaru Impreza WRC.

After a breathtaking challenge between Kulig and Kuzaj, a fault forced Kuzaj to retire on the 7th stage giving Kulig breathing space. The Turkish well known names of Hakan Dinc, Nejat Avcı, Volkan Isik and Celal Gulerhan frequently changed places in the earlier stages classification, but by the end of the second day it seemed as though everybody’s position was settled. Hakan Dinc-Afsin Baydar who came third overall also gave them first position in the group N category, with Celal Gulerhan-Mehmet Yazici of Penta Motorsport in second position.Volkan Isik came 5th in the general classification, giving him the F3 championship in the general classification.

There were 10 foreign teams from 6 different countries competing in the 31st Tofas Rally which took them through 920 km of roads, 285 of which were 14 special stages. The organization was viewed by hundreds of people and national TV channels.Courteyn Team broadcasted the event in Europe.

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32. Tofas Rally

Peugeot WRC team driver Bruno Thiry and his co-pilot won the 32.Tofas Rally which gives 20 point-count effecienty to Europan Rally championship. In each stage Bruno and his team Peugeot is at the first position with the WRC car and got 3.04.28.07 rank totaly,so they won the cup.

After Bruno and his team Peugeot, the famous Turkish couple Serkan Yazıcı-Can Okan , driving for Ford Hazirkart Rally Team got the second place in the finish podium.Young pilot Serkan Yazıcı was taking place after Buruno with 1 minute difference during the rally, however on the last they as he had a puncture at Beyler stage (SS14), he lost 5 minutes. Eventhough the couple got the second place with 3.09.49.5 rank , it is a significant advantage in Turkish Rally Championship for him.

Volkan Işık who was driving for Fiat Abarth Motorsport team with Punto cit car kept his leading place in Super 1600 category and the third place in overall classification until SS13 however as he had a puncture in SS14 the Italian pilot his place and became the third in overall classification and became Andreucci took over the winner in Super 1600 Category with 3.13.57.3 rank..Volkan Işık became the fifth. Ercan Kazaz-Macit Gür in A6 with Citroen Sport Turkey Team got the fourth place.The leader of group-N became Celal Gülerhan-Aras Dinçer with their Mitshubishi Lancer Evo 7 for Penta Motorsport got the 7.place in overall classification.Hamdi Ünal from OMS-OSS team left the 32.Tofas Rally on the last day because he rolled over at SS14.

52 cars started in the organization, by Turkish Automobil and Motorsports Federation whereas 32 cars managed to finish the competition. In all three days teams completed 15 special stages of 287 km special stage and passed asphalt stages of 1000km as total.

FIAT RALLY 2004

In three of last four years, winner of Turkish round of FIA European Rally Championship, had also become European Rally Champion of that year. This tradition contiuned in 2004 as well and European title decided once again in Turkey, as French crew Simon JeanJoseph – Jack Boyere won the event and the 2004 championship.So Simon Jean Joseph followed the footsteps of past champions like Hendik Lundgaard, Armin Kremer and Bruno Thiry, who won Europen Championship title in Turkey on previous events.

In 33rd Fiat Rally, organised by Turkish Atomobile and Motorsports Federation between 10-12 September 2004, which was 7th round of 2004 FIA European Rally Championship, overall win went to Joseph on the wheel of Renault Clio Super 1600 with a total time of 3h 07m 19.02s. British crew of Mark Higgins-Daniel Barrit, who started on behalf of Opel Motorsport Turkey for the first ever time, was runner-up, with the gap of almost two minutes.

Final visitors of the rostrum were Belgian crew of Bruno Thiry – Nicolas Gilsoul, who were European champions of 2003, on behalf of Citroen Kronos Racing Team. When Fiat Turkey driver Hamdi Ünal had a puncture in 12th stage of the rally while he was in 2nd overall, Mark Higgins promoted to 2nd and Burno Thiry to 3rd positions respectively. Hamdi Ünal – Kaan Özşenler crew of Fiat Palio Super 1600, who were competing on behalf of Fiat, which was also title sponsor of the event, had a avery consistent pace and held 2nd overall behind Jean Joseph, until a puncture cost them almost 1 minute. They finally dropped to 4th position. Nevertheless, they won ‘Best Turkish Crew’ cup.

Burak Çukurova – Baran Alpay crew of Rnault Performans Team surprised everybody with their stable pace and they reached finish in fifth overall. Other driver of Fiat Turkey team, Volkan Işık also suffered punctures on the first day of the event and they could only climbed into sixth position overall. While Group N winner of the event was Mehmet Besler – Özden Yılmaz, who competeed on behalf of Mobil ST Racing, Best Youth Crew award went to Fatih Kara – Aras Dinçer of Citroen Sport Turkey. So we completed oldest international motorsport event of Turkey once again and we would like to thank our sponsors, Fiat, CMS, Princess Hotel, Sanat Reklam and Philips for their vital contribution

FIAT RALLY 2005

It’s Jean Joseph once again….
The Italian driver Baldacci, who was the leader of the eventfor the two days being, had lost his position to Simon Jean Joseph – Jack Boyere, the reigning ERC Champion and Fiat Rally Champion duo, due to a puncture at the last stage.

The organization of the 34th “FIAT RALLY”, by Turkish Automobile Sports Federation has come to an end. The second name on the rostrumof the 739 km lon event, was the Italian Fiat Punto crew of Giandomenico Basso – Mitia Dotta with the timing of 2:45:49.8. Fiat Abarth Squadra Team’s other crew, Mirco Baldacci-Giovanni Bernacchini couple, who had not attended the whole championship was the third.

Travaglia, European Champion of 2002, who was 4th or 5th overall during the most of teh rallyand he finished it in 4th position. Burak Çukurova, Renault Clio’s Turkish driver was the best of Turkish drivers since the start of the second day, ended up in 5th overall. The prestigious name Hamdi Ünal – Kaan Özşenler couple from Fiat Motorsports team became the sixth. In Group N category; Ahmet Burkay – Bilge Ayan were the winners, whereas Nisa Bozkurt – Melis Çeker couple was the best of the ladies.

FIAT RALLY, bearing tile sponsor Fiat’s name, had started with 42 cars and ended up with 25

THE VICTORIOUS SUPER 2000 AT THE 35. FIAT RALLY

Fiat Rally; the second leg of the European Rally Championship which was organized by the Turkish Automobile Sports Federation, was held in Istanbul for the first time after 9 years, on 12-14 May, 2006 for the total 35th time.

The rally which supported by Lassa, Shell, Sports Industry and helps of Sonax had taken a start from the Taksim Square, and followed the route through Şile and Kocaeli.

The Super Special Stage and the Service Park were located inside of the Istanbul Park – our famous Formula One track. The rally, consisted of 23 special stages and 802.45km, was entirely run on tarmac.

55 competitors was in the entry list, containing of 10 different car manufacturers in Group A, Group N, Super 1600 category and Super 2000 category.

The winner of this grand organization was the Italian duo Giandomenico Basso and Mitia Dotta who hadn’t let any competitor to rank over, as being the only car to compete in the Super 2000 category ( on the wheel of Fiat Punto) Tehire total time was 2h 12m10.9s.

The second duo in overall claasfiication was Volkan Işık-Güray Karacar from the well known Turkish Fiat Motorsports Team, with the time of of 2h15d10.3s. With the two cars at the first steps of the 35the podium, Fiat had proven the performance of its cars.

The third name in the classification was Ercan Kazaz-Serdar Kurbanzade couple from Subaru Rally Team of Turkey. Competing with their Group N Subaru Impreza, they completed the course in 2h15m 33.4 s. They also finished second in the Group N classification.

33 cars managed to complete the Rally from out of total of 48 cars

36th Fiat Rally 2007

After more than 10 years, Turkey’s oldest international motorsport event, Fiat Rally was organised on all gravel stages for the first time, around Istanbul and Kocaeli roads. Rally, was counting for three different championships: FIA ERC, brand new IRC Series and national championship.

There was a breath-taking competition among the top runners, during three days of the event. Competitors tackled 19 special stages, including two runs of SSS, which was next to new Service Park in Pendik county.

Young driver Anton Alen of Abarth SPA led the majority of the event until 16th special stage, where Nicolas Vouilloz of Peugeot Esport Espana took the lead. Then French driver kept his position and won the event, whereas his teammate Enrique Garcia became third overall.

Turkish driver Volkan Isik of Fiat Motorsports Turkey lost 2nd overall position on the last special stage, due to puncture. Thus, Andrea Navara of Abarth SPA finished the event in second place. Volkan Isik, best Turkish driver of the event, classified in 4th overall.

38 of 65 starters reached finish ceremeony of the rally, which was covering total of 807 kilometers. Thanks to Eurosport’s comprehensive coverages, rally reached very big audience figures.

2008 Istanbul Rally

Turkey’s oldest event, with its new name Istanbul Rally, was organised on all gravel stages around Istanbul and Kocaeli roads. Rally, was counting for three different championships: FIA ERC, IRC Series and national championship.

There was a breath-taking competition among the top runners, during two days of the event. Following Friday evening’s ceremonial start in marina of Fenerbahce Park, competitors tackled 15 special stages.

Although it was only his fifth ever gravel rally, Peugeot Italia driver Luca Rossetti added the Istanbul Rally to victory list. Italian claimed the lead from SS5 in the middle of the opening day and held onto it all the way to the finish, controlling his advantage to end up 22.9s seconds ahead of Peugeot Belgium’s Nicolas Vouilloz.

Anton Alen however claimed the final podium place in his Abarth on the very last stage, whereas local hero Volkan Isik (Abarth) was early victim of puncture. Young Turkish driver Yagiz Avci, on the wheel of Fiat Punto S1600 claimed IRC 2WD Cup.

34 of 56 starters reached finish ceremony of the rally, which was covering total of 706 kilometers. Thanks to Eurosport’s comprehensive coverages, rally reached very big audience figures.

2009 Istanbul Rally

38th ERC event, Istanbul Rally, was organised on all gravel stages around Istanbul and Kocaeli roads. Rally, was counting for two different championships: FIA European Raly Chmapionship and national championship.

There was a thrilling battle between two Peugeot 207 S2000 drivers, Michal Solowow and Luca Betti during two days of the event. Following Friday evening’s ceremonial start in marina of Fenerbahce Park, competitors tackled 15 special stages.

Betti and Solowow were racing for tenths of the seconds for two days, until SS13 where Italian driver had an unlucky roll. Thus, Polish crew of Michal Solowow – Maciek Baran scored their first ever victory in Europan Championship. Two Turkish crew joined them on the podium. Thanks to their fast & consistent pace, young crew of Parkur Racing, Yağız Avcı – Ersan Alkır finished 2nd overall, on the wheel of their Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9. Driving very same car, Dağhan Ünlüdoğan – Ahmet Sami Can duo stepped onto third position.

Following the event, Solowow and Avcı became seried leaders, in European and national championships respectively. 15 of 25 starters reached finish ceremony of the rally, which was covering total of 706 kilometers.

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2010 Bosphorus Rally

Turkey’s oldest rally, was organised on all gravel stages around Istanbul and Kocaeli roads. Rally, was counting for three different championships: FIA ERC, national and historic championships.

Official start ceremony was held in the middle of famous Bagdat Street, where thousands of spectators gathered. The star driver of the event was Luca Rosetti, who also won the event two years ago. Italian driver, on the wheel of Grande Punto S2000, took the lead on SS2 and never looked back. Rosetti scored 10 best-times out of 16 specal stages, had a commanding lead over his Turkish rivals from second special stage onwards. He won the event, 1 minute in front of Yagiz Avci.

Reigning Turkish rally champion Yagiz Avci, who competed on behalf of Ford with a Fiesta S2000, followed Rosetti for the whole event and finished the event in 2nd place, just like last year. Former four-times Turkish champion Serkan Yazici was last driver on the podium. Total 16 crews, out of 32, reached finish ceremony of the rally, which was covering total of 770 kilometers.

2011 Bosphorus Rally

The Bosphorus Rally, celebrating its 40th year, was again counting for three different championships: European Rally Championship and Turkish Rally & Historic Rally Championships.

The entry list included 56 cars, 12 of which were foreign crews. Nine registered ERC drivers competed in the rally, which also withnessed nine S2000 cars.

It was very challenging rally between Luca Betti, Maciej Oleksowicz, Renato Travaglia and Turkish Young Star Yagiz Avci. So to guess who would come first place at the end was almost impossible. Winner of the first leg Renato Travaglia crashed into a big stone in second leg and had to retire. Following on that incident, reigning Turkish rally champion Yagiz Avci, who had put a lot of pressure on Travaglia, took the lead and never looked back.

When the event finished, Yagiz Avci-Bahadir Gucenmez had honour to become first Turkish crew who won the event since 1999’s victory of Volkan Avci. Italian duo of Luca Betti-Maurizio Barone finished the long rally on the second step, 25.7 second behind the leader. Polish crew of Castrol TRW Motoingrator´s Maciej Oleksowicz-Andrej Obrebowski crew reached the podium in third position.

Total 25 crews, out of 56, reached finish ceremony of the rally, which was covering total of 638 kilometers.

2012 Bosphorus Rally

2012 edition of Bosphorus Rally was the 41st aniversary of Turkey’s oldest international motorsport event and the sixth round of the European Rally Championship 2012. Route of the rally consists of smooth gravel roads of Istanbul’s Asian side and its neighbour city Kocaeli.

2012 event was counted for European Rally Championship, Turkish Rally Championship and Turkish Historic Rally Championship. Service Park, Rally HQ and the stages were in Asian side of Istanbul. Some of the stages were same as WRC Rally of Turkey event of 2010.

56 crews from 6 different countries competed in 14 special stages which covers total 774 km. 2010 Intercontinental Rally Challenge and 2011 S-WRC Champion Juho Hanninen-Mikko Markula keep their leadership from first leg to finish. Then 1 minute 28 seconds behind Castrol Ford Team Turkiye’s young star Yagiz Avci-Bahadir Gücenmez reached second step of the podium after a clean run. Three times European Rally Champion Luca Rossetti-Matteo Chiarcossi crew had an unlucky second leg because of two punctures in one stage. But they could reach podium. Bonus Parkur Racing’s experienced drivers Ercan Kazaz-Emire Cantürk also had an good rally and finish the race in front of Michal Solowow-Maciek Baran.

When the event finished, Yagiz Avci-Bahadir Gucenmez had honour to become first Turkish crew who won the event since 1999’s victory of Volkan Avci. Italian duo of Luca Betti-Maurizio Barone finished the long rally on the second step, 25.7 second behind the leader. Polish crew of Castrol TRW Motoingrator´s Maciej Oleksowicz-Andrej Obrebowski crew reached the podium in third position.

Another most inspiring cup of the European Rally Championship´s rounds, Richard Burns Trophy won by 19 years old Turkish rally driver Bugra Banaz.

2013 Bosphorus Rally

City of Istanbul welcoming full of rally weekend once more were on 27th – 29th of September. International Bosphorus Rally, which is one of the oldest and long-standing organisation in Turkey took the start in Pendik/Istanbul. The stages were gravel and run on Asian side of Istanbul and Kocaeli . The service area and the rally head quarter (HQ) based in Pendik, also start and finish ceremonies took the place at Pendik Park in front of Atatürk Sculpture.

We may call the Bosphorus Rally “rally in rally” with its fast and competing total of 12 Stages. The rally consisted of 6 different rallies; International Bosphorus Rally, giving score to FIA European Rally Championship.. National Bosphorus Rally, giving score to Turkish Rally Championship.. first and second legs of Historic Rally, first and second legs of TOSFED Rally Trophy. The winners were as below;
1. Overall : Orhan Avcıoğu – Burçin Korkmaz / Castrol Ford Team Turkey
2. Overall : Uğur Soylu – Emir Şahin / Bonus Unifree Parkur Racing
3. Overall : Fatih Kara – Güray karacar / Pegasus Racing

2014 Bosphorus Rally

Istanbul welcomed full of rally weekend once more on 15th – 17th of August with the name of AVIS Bosphorus Rally. International Bosphorus Rally, one of the oldest and long-standing organisation in Turkey took the start in Pendik as before.
The gravel stages run on Asian side of Istanbul and Kocaeli .

The winners were as below;
1. Overall : Murat Bostancı – Onur Vatansever / Castrol Ford Team Turkey
2. Overall : Oleksandr Saliuk – Yevgen Chervonenko
3. Overall : Orhan Avcıoğu – Burçin Korkmaz / Castrol Ford Team Turkey

We are grateful for the big support of AVIS, Ford, Isuzu, Nissan, Opel, Renault, Tofaş, Volkwagen, Autoclub, Power FM, Xerox and specially Pendik Municipality for welcoming us. Municipality Mayor Dr. Kenan Şahin placed a great importance to our organization.

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2015 Bosphorus Rally

For the 45th times rally welcomed the guests in Istanbul on 24th – 26th of September. International Rally took the start in Pendik with gravel stages run on Asian side of Istanbul and Kocaeli .

The winners were as below;
1. Overall : Murat Bostancı – Onur Vatansever / Castrol Ford Team Turkey
2. Overall : Orhan Avcıoğu – Burçin Korkmaz / Castrol Ford Team Turkey
3. Overall : Rashid Al Ketbi – Karina Hepperle / X Dubai World Rally Team

We thank you for the big support of automobile companies; Hyundai, Isuzu, Nissan, Opel, Peugeot, Renault, Tofaş, POWER FM and Pendik Municipality.

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