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Orhan Avcioglu

Date of birth : 04/09/1985

Who is he? Avcioglu graduated to the FIA European Rally Championship for 2018 after winning the FIA Balkan Rally Trophy in 2017 courtesy of two wins and two podium finishes with the Toksport WRT squad.

Anything else? One of those victories came on Marmaris Rally Turkey, his country’s world championship candidate event, which marked only his second start in a Toksport WRT ŠKODA Fabia R5. When he’s not driving rally cars, Avcioglu sells communications equipment and is a hugely popular and friendly member of the ERC community.

And married now? Yes, he married on 27 May and was on his way to the airport within one hour of tying the knot.

Why? He had to get a flight to Greece to begin his preparations for the EKO Acropolis Rally where he scored his first European championship points by finishing eighth overall in his Toksport WRT ŠKODA Fabia R5.

And there was more… Avcioglu was in the points again in Cyprus, finishing a career-high fifth. He then completed the top 10 on Rally di Roma Capitale.

Did you know? Avcioglu decided against contesting his home round of the world championship last month in order to tackle Poland’s ERC counter as part of his plans for a concerted championship bid in 2019.

Azores Airlines Rallye: DNF (accident)
Rally Islas Canarias: 15
EKO Acropolis Rally: 8
Cyprus Rally: 5
Rally di Roma Capitale: 10
Barum Czech Rally Zlín: 11
Rally Poland: 11
Rally Liepāja: 8