Luca Rossetti wins Istanbul Rally
The multiple European champion crew Rossetti – Chiarcossi won the third round of the 2012 Turkish Championship with the Skoda S2000 of Skoda Turkey – Yuce Auto Pegasus Racing and consolidated their leadership in the overall Championship standings.
The crew of Italian nationality but with Turkish license finished in first place ahead of Yagiz Avci – Bahadir Gucenmez and Murat Bostanci – Onur Vatansever with the Ford Fiestas S2000 of Team Castrol Ford Team Turkiye.
“It was a very tight race. – the United Business driver said – where the reliability of my Skoda Fabia S2000 and the toughness of the Pirelli tyres were fundamental in achieving this important result, especially with a view to the championship, as my direct opponent, Volkan Isik – with another Skoda S2000 – finished in fourth position, after suffering two punctures. The race was however enlivened by the duel with Avci who proved to be very fast on the gravel roads behind the Turkish capital”.
The race of the three-time European champion was cautious in order to avoid punctures, always possible in gravel events and even more so if, as it was the case here, Rossetti always started first with the technical disadvantage of having to be the "sweeper" and to "clean the road" for the other crews. The next event will be the Bosphorus Rally, which will be valid both as the fourth round of the Turkish Championship and for the European Championship, a Bosphorus Rally which has already seen twice Luca Rossetti as the winner in the year 2008 and 2010. The Turkish Championship, after these first three events, is proving a tough and competitive series, both for the value of the drivers and for the excellent number of S2000 cars present at every race, and in the Bosphorus (July 6 th to 8 th – Istanbul) the entries list will be even larger and better qualified as it will be enriched by the drivers and teams taking part in the European Championship.