Luca Rossetti with Skoda wins the 3rd Eskisehir Rally
Luca Rossetti codriven by Matteo Chiarcossi wins, dominating, the 3 rd Eskisehir Rally, second round of the 2012 Turkish Rally Championship 2012; the three-time European Champion took the lead from the second special stage. The driver of Skoda Turkey – Yuce Auto increased, stage after stage, his advantage in the overall standings to reach the final victory. With the Skoda Fabia Super 2000 run by Pegasus Racing and Pirelli tyres the Italian crew, but with Turkish licence, has won 8 out of 9 special stages. The Eskisehir Rally was a completely new race for Luca Rossetti, tackled in a car with which he had competed only once, but the representative of United Business, showing great adaptation skills and thanks to his great experience in competing in ever-changing rallies with completely new roads has, after a special stage of study, become familiar with his performing Skoda and has steadily increased its advantage to climb on the top step of the podium.
A serene and satisfied Luca Rossetti said "I dedicate this victory, as well as to Skoda Turkey – Yuce Auto, to Cem Acar team principal of Pegasus Racing and to the whole team, they were very good and professional, when one starts a new season, new championship, with a new car, new tyres and without any previous preparation there is always the doubt of not being immediately competitive, after Ege Rally where we finished second this victory has brought optimism, our Fabia S2000 and the Pirelli tyres have proved to be at the top. It is a great victory, in front of my friends and many Turkish fans, for me racing in Turkey always has a special and pleasant taste, the events are hard and even more so for me because it is all completely new, despite having won 8 out of 9 special stages this was an even match, fought until the end and I do not hide the fact that my opponents, who on this occasion were again very strong and fast, worried me until the end. With Pegasus Racing we have adopted set-up and tyre choices that eventually rewarded us. The season is long but it is important to have begun to win again, I am confident that we can do well in the next rallyes of the championship".
Rossetti – Chiarcossi led other 6 S2000 cars, reflecting a good technical level of the Turkish championship; the runners-up were Volkan Isik and Vedat Bostanci, they too with a Skoda Fabia S2000, ahead of Fatih Kara and Bilge on Fiat Grande Punto S2000, then the car of Team Castrol Ford Turkye, the Fiesta S2000 driven by Yagìz Avci and Bahadir Gücenmez, 5 th place for Ercan Kazaz and Emire Cantürk – Skoda Fabia S2000, 6 th place for Murat Bostanci – Onur Vatansever with Ford Fiesta and in 7 th place Burak Çukurova and Ünal Tezel also with a Skoda Fabia S2000. The next round of the Turkish Championship will be the Istanbul Rally to be held on 9 th and 10 th June.