Rally of Turkey

The Rally of Turkey (also known as Anatolian Rally) is a rally competition on the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) schedule.

Rally of Turkey
Statusactive
Genremotorsporting event
CountryTurkey
Inaugurated2000

HistoryEdit

First international rally in Turkey was held in 1972, starting and finishing in İstanbul. In 1999, the idea of creating an all-new event as a WRC candidate was conceived. The next year in 2000, the Anatolian Rally based in İzmir was born. After being observed by the FIA, the rally became an official reserve event for the WRC.

Antalya and Kemer, a holiday region in southwestern Turkey was chosen in 2001 as the start and finish venue for the Anatolian Rally adopting a WRC format. In 2002, first foreign entries took part, Sébastien Loeb in a Citroën Saxo and Juuso Pykälistö in a Peugeot 206 WRC.

Turkey debuted in the World Rally Championship in the 2003 season in which only 27 of the 62 entries finished. The first two years were dedicated to Junior World Rally Championship (JWRC) for gaining experience. In 2005, the Rally of Turkey hosted for the first time Production Car World Rally Championship (PWRC) drivers.

76 rally teams took part in the 2005 Rally of Turkey. Only 53 teams finished the total distance of 1,228 km. Repeating his victory of previous year, Sébastien Loeb of France won the cup at 4.21.48.00' with his co-driver Daniel Elena.

The 2006 event was held from October 13 to October 15, 2006 around Kemer – Kumluca – Antalya in southwestern Turkey on rough, gravel roads up into occasionally snowy mountain roads. Rally headquarters and the service park were located in Kemer.

The Rally of Turkey returned to the WRC calendar in for the 2008 season. The 2008 Rally of Turkey took place between June 12–15 and was won by Mikko Hirvonen ahead of Jari-Matti Latvala and Sébastien Loeb. The rally was removed from the calendar after the 2010 event.

The Rally of Turkey was revived for the 2018 championship as a replacement for Rally Poland.[1][2] The event was based in the town of Marmaris in Muğla Province.[3]

WinnersEdit

Pink background indicates that in that year the rally was not part of WRC calendar.

Season Name Driver Car Report
2000 1. Anatolian Rally   Volkan Isik Subaru Impreza WRC
2001 2. Anatolian Rally   Serkan Yazici Toyota Corolla WRC
2002 3. Anatolian Rally   Ercan Kazaz Subaru Impreza WRX
2003 4. Rally of Turkey   Carlos Sainz Citroën Xsara WRC Report
2004 5. Rally of Turkey   Sébastien Loeb Citroën Xsara WRC Report
2005 6. Rally of Turkey   Sébastien Loeb Citroën Xsara WRC Report
2006 7. Rally of Turkey   Marcus Grönholm Ford Focus RS WRC 06 Report
2007 8. Rally of Turkey   Nicolas Vouilloz Peugeot 207 S2000 Report
2008 9. Rally of Turkey   Mikko Hirvonen Ford Focus RS WRC 07 Report
2010 10. Rally of Turkey   Sébastien Loeb Citroën C4 WRC Report
2018 11. Marmaris Rally of Turkey   Ott Tänak Toyota Yaris WRC Report
2019 12. Marmaris Rally of Turkey   Sébastien Ogier Citroën C3 WRC Report

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Rally Aus retains WRC finale in 2018". speedcafe.com. 22 September 2017. Retrieved 23 September 2017.
  2. ^ Evans, David (4 November 2017). "WRC 2018: Teams back Turkey's return after candidate event success". autosport.com. Motorsport Network. Retrieved 5 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Rally Catalunya preview". 2017 World Rally Championship season. September 2017. WRC Promoter GmbH.

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