WRC Five-day sailing prize for WRC 2 category winner in Turkey

RALLY TURKEY, September 13-16, 2018
FIA World Rally Championship, round 10

For immediate release
Friday, September 7th, 2018


· Five days aboard a traditional sailing gulet for winning WRC 2 driver
· Czech driver Jan Kopecky heads to Marmaris with seven-point series lead

MARMARIS (TURKEY): Five days after announcing that the outright winner of next week’s Rally Turkey will win a week’s holiday aboard ‘Bebe’, a luxury 47-metre super yacht, rally officials announced today (Friday) that the winner of the prestigious WRC 2 category would win five days aboard a state-of-the-art gulet – a traditional two-masted Turkish sailing vessel.

The stunning prize has been donated by TURK YACHT (https://www.turkyacht.com), a company that was established at the end of 1998 by Eyup Bayraktaroglu and Tufan Gules. TURK YACHT manages and operates various quality charter yachts, in addition to offering brokerage and management services and other support to high-end customers.

The company has a wide range of yachts available for charter in Turkey and the Greek islands and offers customers and the winner of WRC 2 in Rally Turkey a fabulous opportunity to experience a sailing holiday of a lifetime in one of the most beautiful regions of the world.

The WRC 2 category is the most popular amongst leading privateer and semi-professional teams in the FIA World Rally Championship and provides a superb stepping-stone into a World Rally Car for the leading contenders.

Rally Turkey has attracted 15 entries in the WRC 2 category and marks the first time that arch title rivals Jan Kopecký and Pontus Tidemand will go head-to-head on a WRC event this season. The Czech and the Swede both drive Škoda Fabia R5s and are separated by just seven points heading to their showdown in Marmaris.

Kopecký has taken four victories from as many starts in 2018 in Monte-Carlo, Corsica, Sardinia and Germany, while his Swedish rival won in Mexico, Argentina and Portugal and finished second behind Japan’s Takamoto Katsuta in Sweden. Victory in Finland fell to Eerik Pietarinen on his only appearance so far this year.

Other drivers keen to upset the applecart and challenge for the TURK YACHT prize next weekend include England’s Gus Greensmith and Chris Ingram, Chile’s Pedro Heller, Portugal’s Diogo Salvi, Poland’s Kajetan Kajetanowicz and the experienced Turkish drivers, Murat Bostanci, Yağic Avci, Burak Çukorova, Deniz Fahri, Erkan Güral and Bora Manyera.

“We are grateful to TURK YACHT for offering this superb prize to the winner of the WRC 2 section of Rally Turkey next week,” enthused Serkan Yazici, President of TOSFED. “This is one of the most competitive categories in the world and we are sure that the drivers and teams will enjoy the challenging special stages that we have laid on in the Marmaris and Muğla regions.”

The ceremonial start of Rally Turkey will take place at the historic Marmaris Meydan area of the town from 19.30hrs next Thursday (September 13th).


For further media information:
2018 Rally Turkey, Media Centre, E-mail: National Media Officer Atil Atilgan. medya@tosfed.org.tr and media@rallyturkey.com or English staff writer Neil Perkins, ndppublicity@googlemail.com.





Date issued: 07/09/2018

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