Turkey seals place on WRC calendar

Turkey has been confirmed as a host destination for the 2018 season of the World Rally Championship (WRC).

The country, which last hosted a WRC leg in 2010, will return to the calendar next year with an event in the holiday resort of Marmaris from September 13-16. Turkey will replace Poland on the calendar.

Turkey was last month provisionally included on the 2018 calendar and its place has now been confirmed following a successful test event in Marmaris last weekend.

The test event was attended by M-Sport World Rally Team and Toyota Gazoo Racing, which were joined by WRC Promoter management, WRC rally director Jarmo Mahonen and International Automobile Federation (FIA) safety delegate Michèle Mouton. 

WRC Promoter managing director Oliver Ciesla said: “We wanted to observe a rally that is fit to take its place at the WRC’s top table. The organising team at (race organiser) Tosfed delivered that and my congratulations go to them for securing a deserved place in the 2018 calendar.

“Next year’s fixture will be one of the most compact in the sport’s history. The special stages hug the coast with amazing backdrops overlooking the sea and WRC fans can look forward to stunning TV images.”

Tofsed president Serkan Yazici added: “We’ve worked incredibly hard to bring the WRC back to Turkey. The government has pledged its support and last weekend’s successful rally was the final piece of the jigsaw which confirmed our country’s return to the FIA World Rally Championship.”

The 2018 WRC season begins with an event in Monte Carlo from January 25-28, before races in Sweden, Mexico, France, Argentina, Portugal, Italy, Finland and Germany are staged ahead of Turkey’s return to the calendar. The season concludes with events in the UK, Spain and Australia.