Yagiz Avci delighted with dominant season.
Istanbul - Mitsubishi Lancer EVO9 driver have dominated Turkish Rally Championship claiming victories on five of the six events contested this season. Backed by Parkur Racing, young gun has been crowned 2008 Turkish Rally Champion. Aged 25, he's now the youngest Turkish rally champion ever. Yagiz Avci was previously crowned twice as the Turkish Junior Rally Driver Champion in 2006 and again in 2008.
After the withdrawal works team in which Avci drove for at the end of the 2008 season, he was in the search of a seat for this year at the beginning. With little time left to season opener Istanbul Rally, second round of European Championship, Parkur Racing arranged a Mitsubishi Lancer EVO9 to the young gun. Avci didn't disappointed his new team's hopes and finished the first event in second place overall but won the national class. This was the first win of five-events-victory-series.
After three victorious rallies, Avci clinched his first title with Hitit Rallisi, fifth round of the season. Last round of the season was Kocaeli Rallisi where Avci encountered a manifold problem that caused him to retire. Yet, Avci was happy. Avci also won regional Mezopotamya Rallisi outing in which he competed as Kocaeli Rally warm-up.
Co-driven by Ersan Alkir, recently crowned Turkish champion said he was happy to win the title and become the youngest Turkish champion. "The result is unbelievable. We won the championship after a successful season. Except for the last round, we won every outing we competed. I would like to thank to my team Parkur Racing for their confidence in me. Without their devoted effort, I couldn't win the title. I thank to my sponsors Unifree Dutyfree and ?pragaz, my technical team B-Service and Bee Dan??manl?k for their support."
Parkur Racing team director Can Celebi said they reached their goals planned for the season. "This season was fantastic for us. Parkur Racing not only won drivers' title with Yagiz Avci but also won Turkish Rally Teams' Championship. Our other driver Kerem Ustunkaya finished the season in third position overall with a similar car and Guven Bostanci in fourth position as well. Parkur Racing's young driver Ford Fiesta ST driver Ozen Ozer finished the season second in Turkish Junior Rally Championship. Also in Turkish Historic Rally Championship we won the title with Ahmet Ongun onboard a Ford Escort MK I. I congratulate each of Parkur Racing drivers and co-drivers for their performance."