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Turkey gets included in World Rally Championship 2018

Turkey is back in calendar for first time since 2010

Turkey gets included in World Rally Championship 2018 FILE PHOTO

By Satuk Bugra Kutlugun and Doga Kirmizioglu


The World Motor Sport Council has included Turkey in the World Rally Championship (WRC)'s 2018 calendar.

Turkey has been included instead of Poland in the championship which is due to take place in southern Marmaris between Sept. 13, 2018, and Sept. 16, 2018.

Turkey is back in the calendar for the first time since 2010; the country was one of the tournament's destinations between 2003 and 2010 in Antalya and in Istanbul.

The tournament will be aired in 228 countries and on 132 television channels, and is expected to reach an audience of 700 million people globally.

Turkey's Automotive Sports Federation (TOSFED) welcomed the decision to include the country in the calendar.

The federation’s Chairman, Serkan Yazici, said Turkey had managed to oust seven countries to get back in the calendar.

"We managed to get past New Zealand, Croatia, Japan, Chile, Kenya and South Africa," Yazici said.

"We are very happy for our country and Turkish automotive sports." 

Here is the full calendar for WRC 2018:

Rally Monte Carlo, January 25-28

Rally Sweden, February 15-18

Rally Mexico, March 8-11

Tour de Corse, April 5-8

Rally Argentina, April 26-29

Rally Portugal, May 17-20

Rally Italy, June 7-10

Rally Finland, July 26-29

Rally Germany, August 16-19

Rally Turkey, September 13-16

Rally GB, October 4-7

Rally Spain, October 25-28

Rally Australia, November 15-18

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