Round 4, Turkey
2012 edition of Bosphorus Rally will be 41st aniversary of Turkey's oldest international motorsport event. Route of the rally will be consisting of smooth gravel roads of Istanbul's Asian side and its neighbour city Kocaeli.
2012 event will be counting for European Rally Championship, Turkish Rally Championship and Turkish Historic Rally Championship. Once again, service park, Rally HQ and the stages are planned to be in Asian side of Istanbul. As in last year, the Organising Committee is planning to start the event on Friday afternoon, 6th of July. Following short loop of Fiday, on Saturday and Sunday, drivers will head to demanding, fast and smooth surfaced gravel stages to challenge for the victory.
Most of the 2011 route will be unchanged, as we received very good comments in previous years concerning the smooth gravel and character of the stages. Drivers will compete on 16 special stages of both Istanbul and Kocaeli during two days. Some of the stages will be same as WRC Rally of Turkey event of 2010.
Compact route will also help the competitors in terms of cost, as it will be possible to complete reconnaissance on one day. We are ready to help foreign drivers or guests for custom procedures and reasonable priced accommodation.
Turkey's oldest rally, celebrating its 40th year, was organised on all gravel stages around Istanbul and Kocaeli’s smooth & fast gravel roads. Rally, was 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.