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Bostanci and Bunaz test to be best in ERC

Bostanci and Bunaz test to be best in ERC

17/02/2017 06:00

Murat Bostanci and Bugra Bunaz began their preparations for this season’s FIA European Rally Championship with a test for Castrol Ford Team Turkey in Istanbul yesterday (Thursday).

Each driver completed approximately 100 kilometres and spent time trying out various set-ups. Bostanci was at the wheel of a Ford Fiesta R5 with Bunaz driving a Fiesta R2. An engineer from M-Sport, the company behind both cars, was present.

Bostanci revealed late last season his desire to step up to R5 machinery in 2017 although details of his programme won’t be revealed until early next month when Bunaz’s plans for the upcoming season will also be announced.

Castrol Ford Team Turkey head Serdar Bostanci said: “We are making the final touches to our 2017 ERC schedule as well as technical programme. This year the championship is quite challenging, especially logistically. We are trying to come up with a good calendar of events to be as competitive as we can in our first year.”

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