Mustafa Soylemez wins Istanbul Championship
Mustafa Soylemez and Cem Bakancocuklari duo crowned as the 2009 Istanbul Rally Champions after winning the third and last round of the championship on 10th of January.
Istanbul Rally Championship is a regional championship organized by Istanbul Automobile Sports Club (ISOK), after the national series is over. Istanbul Rally Championship is open to all amateurs who want to demonstrate their skills. Istanbul Championship consists three events.
Mitsubishi Lancer EVO9 crew Soylemez and Bakancocuklari competed against Guven / Cagla Bostanci duo until the last test. Soylemez headed to last stage with just a 1.8 minutes of advantage and recorded 4:24,04. Another Mitsubishi Lancer EVO9 driver Guven Bostanci set the same stage time. Soylemez won the rally as well as the Istanbul Rally Champion title.
Despite Soylemez's title, according to the championship rules, Bakancocuklari couldn't be crowned as the Istanbul Rally Co-Drivers champion, because of his numerous Turkish national titles. Instead, Guven Bostanci's wife and co-driver Cagla Bostanci crowned as the Istanbul Rally Co-Driver's Champion.
After two championship rivals, Alparslan Cukurova and Burcin Korkmaz finished the last round in third place. Menderes Okur and his co-driver Aras Dincer came fourth, but finished the championship in third position. Castrol Ford Team Turkey driver Orhan Avcioglu won Junior Driver's title after finishing in fifth position.
AGT backed Mustafa Soylemez and Cem Bakanocuklari will continue to 2010 season with a new Mitsubishi Lancer EVO9 which will be prepared by Tok Sport.
-source: soner tamer