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Notwithstanding the disappointing late withdrawal of the proposed Turkish Rally from the 2017 WRC Calendar, the event promoters are pressing ahead again with plans to run a WRC championship rally in 2018, if the FIA’s World Motor Sport Council agrees. The venue is now to be Marmaris, the location of business interests of the event Promoter, the former WRC Teams Cup driver Serkan Yazici, and held in the area where the long established national championship Marmaris Rally is based. Twelve months ago, WRC plans were well advanced before the WMSC declined to sanction the event, following rocket attacks on the proposed region of the rally. It is hoped the new event will give a degree of temporary relief to a region badly affected commercially by international troubles in the area. The WRC previously visited Turkey six times, the last time in 2010, made memorable for those involved by the ash cloud which covered Europe and prevented people from flying back home afterwards. At the moment, it is believed that the FIA are thinking not to sanction another WRC event in Poland on account of poor spectator behaviour, allowing Turkey as a replacement. A decision whether to increase the championship calendar to a 14th event has not been taken, with the possibility of the Croatian federation being asked to enter an event in the series. In other respects, the 2018 calendar is expected to be very similar to 2017.
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