From IRC media [ 15/04/2008 ].
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Istanbul was also the inaugural event of the IRC 2WD Cup, for two-wheel drive cars. The battle for the class win – which was only settled on the final stage – hung in the balance throughout the event, underlining just how closely matched the main contenders were.
Turkish driver Yagiz Avci eventually won the event in a Fiat Punto Super 1600, just ahead of
former Junior World Championship competitor Fatih Kara in a similar car. Such was their
pace that both drivers finished in the top 10 overall.
“It was a lot of fun and we were both pushing hard,” said Kara, who is also from Turkey. “It’s
good that we have this two-wheel drive Cup to recognise our efforts.”
The IRC 2WD Cup will run on all the rounds this years, following exactly the same
regulations and scoring system as the main series. At the end of the year, prizes will be
awarded for the winning driver, co-driver, and manufacturer. At the end of the opening
round, Fiat leads the standings with 18 points, while Honda is second with four points.