Turkish drivers are training hard for rally “Bulgaria”

The invasion by Turkish drivers in Varna promises a real battle on the route of the 48 th rally Bulgaria. Most drivers from our southern neighbor arrived with their teams as early as Monday, May 15th. On Tuesday and Wednesday, the most ambitious of them made exploratory runs along roads close to those of the rally. The number 3 driver Orhan Ovcioglu with the codriver Burcin Korkmaz trained most professionally. They cleared a route around the village of Batovo on Monday, engaged for their safety a road policemen, and made tests for the grip of tires and the high engine revs of their Ford Fiesta R5. The multiple Turkish champion Yagiz Avci, with co-driver Bahadir Guchemes, also intends to climb to the highest place on the honorable ladder on Sunday. They worked on the settings of their Peugeot 208 T16 R5. A chance for podium place have also Burak Cukurova with codriver Vedat Bostanci (Skoda Fabia R5) and Ugur Soylu with navigator Aras Dincer also in Skoda Fabia R5. A favorite for winning the rally "Bulgaria" is Plamen Staykov with codriver David Kvaratshelia. Last year's champion now competes under the flag of Georgia and he hopes that his powerful Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX will not suffer technical problems. For a Bulgarian success, we can hope for Ignat Isaev with the codriver Milen Iliev, who will start with the Citroen DS3 R3 Max as well as Tihomir Stratiev/Zdravko Popov with Peugeot 208 R2. The representatives of Turkey, for whom our race will be the second round of their championship, said that this year the rally is even more interesting. The stages are diverse, have a variable character, require maximum concentration because of some road sections hide baboons and holes.