WRC A FULL 2018
TURKEY ENDORSED FOR 2018 WRC AFTER SUCCESSFUL PILOT EVENT.
Turkey endorsed for 2018 WRC after successful pilot event
Governing body rubber-stamps Rally Turkey for 2018 calendar
FIA impressed with successful dress rehearsal in Marmaris
Strong support from visiting manufacturers
Munich, Germany, 25 October 2017 – Turkey was today (Wednesday) confirmed in next season’s FIA World Rally Championship calendar by the sport’s governing body.
The FIA’s WRC Commission rubber-stamped the country’s return after a seven-year absence following a successful dress rehearsal on Turkey’s Turquoise Coast last weekend.
M-Sport World Rally Team and Toyota Gazoo Racing sent representatives to the picturesque south-west holiday resort of Marmaris to observe the three-day dirt road rally, which was provisionally listed in the calendar a month ago.
They were joined by WRC Promoter management, WRC rally director Jarmo Mahonen and FIA safety delegate Michèle Mouton. All were impressed by the high standards of organisation, the quality of the special stages and the service park facilities.
“We wanted to observe a rally that is fit to take its place at the WRC’s top table,” said WRC Promoter managing director Oliver Ciesla. “The organising team at TOSFED delivered that and my congratulations go to them for securing a deserved place in the 2018 calendar.
“Next year’s fixture will be one of the most compact in the sport’s history. The special stages hug the coast with amazing backdrops overlooking the sea and WRC fans can look forward to stunning TV images.”
Large crowds watched the rally, which was won by Orhan Avcioğlu in a Skoda Fabia R5. Avcioğlu will compete in the WRC 2 support category at Dayinsure Wales Rally GB, this week’s penultimate round of the season.
Turkey’s Minister of Youth and Sports, Osman Aşkin Bak, attended Friday evening’s start ceremony in Marmaris and TOSFED president Serkan Yazici said it showed the importance attached to Turkey’s WRC return.
“We’ve worked incredibly hard to bring the WRC back to Turkey,” he said. “The Government has pledged its support and last weekend’s successful rally was the final piece of the jigsaw which confirmed our country’s return to the FIA World Rally Championship,” he said.
The final 2018 calendar is:
Monte-Carlo – 25 – 28 January
Sweden- 15 – 18 February
Mexico – 8 – 11 March
France – 5 – 8 April
Argentina- 26 – 29 April
Portugal – 17 – 20 May
Italy- 7 – 10 June
Finland – 26 – 29 July
Germany – 16 – 19 August
Turkey – 13 – 16 September
Great Britain – 4 – 7 October
Spain – 25 – 28 October
Australia – 15 – 18 November
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WRC Promoter GmbH is responsible for all commercial aspects of the FIA World Rally Championship, including TV production and the marketing of global media and sponsorship rights. The Promoter also has responsibility to increase the field of participants and to propose the venues that form the FIA WRC calendar.
The World Rally Championship is the FIA’s premium rally series. WRC showcases authentic motorsport, high performance cars and the world’s best drivers competing in dramatic surroundings ranging from the ice and snow of Scandinavia to the stifling heat of Sardinia. Established in its current format in 1973, WRC participants battle for the drivers’ and manufacturers’ world titles at 13 rallies spanning 15 countries and four continents. Additional championship information can be found at www.wrc.com and www.wrcplus.com.
Next rally: Dayinsure Wales Rally GB, 26 – 29 October 2017
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