Luca Rossetti, codriven by Matteo Chiarcossi, wins after dominating the third Eskisehir Rally, the second round of the 2012 Turkish Rally Championship 2012.
The three-time European Rally Champion took the lead from the second special stage and held it to the finish. With the Skoda Fabia S2000, run by Pegasus Racing and Pirelli tyres, the Italian crew won eight out of the nine 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 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 Skoda and has steadily increased its advantage to climb on the top step of the podium.
A 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 six other S2000 cars, reflecting a good technical level of the Turkish Championship. The runners-up were Volkan Isik/Vedat Bostanci, they too with a Skoda Fabia S2000, ahead of Fatih Kara and Bilge in a Fiat Grande Punto S2000, then the car of Team Castrol Ford Turkye, the Fiesta S2000 driven by Yagìz Avci/Bahadir Gücenmez, fifth place for Ercan Kazaz/Emire Cantürk – Skoda Fabia S2000, sixh place for Murat Bostanci/Onur Vatansever with Ford Fiesta and in seventh place Burak Çukurova/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 – 10 June.
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