Emre Yurdakul took the spoils in the Fiesta SportingTrophy International series on the Neste Oil Rally Finland last weekend, the third round out of six in the championship.
Yurdakul's debut win sees him advance to second in the standings, just five points behind championship leader Burcu Cetinkaya, who put in a solid effort to finish fourth and maintain her lead.
"I have been waiting the whole year for this," said Yurdakul, "and I'm so happy that my first win in the Fiesta SportingTrophy has come on this rally – I love Finland!
"My plan for this event was not too push for all of the rally, but to wait for other FSTi crews to make mistakes and let the results fall my way.
"This seemed to work well because we never had to push maximum or take any silly risks. From a championship point of view it is great to be in second and now I will go to Germany with a chance to take the championship lead."
Second on the event was Koray Muratoglu and the 30-year-old put in a measured drive, battling through with a damaged sump on Saturday morning - a testament of the famous 'crests' - to achieve his best ever result in the FSTi series. The result also sees Muratoglu move up to P3 on the series leaderboard.
Teemu Horkama, a newcomer to the FSTi series in Finland, took third, having started the event with a tactical strategy to push on the smooth fast sections while taking a very cautious approach on the rough sections.
Fellow FSTi 'virgins' Jarkko Nikara and Atte Alanen also shined, the former the fastest Fiesta on all ten special stages on Saturday, setting times comparable with some of the leading drivers in the highly competitive Junior WRC. Those times, which included many top-ten GpN times and a time that equalled that of J-WRC round winner Martin Prokop on SS22, ended up being academic however, when he left the road on the penultimate stage and retired.
Alanen turned heads too, winning eight stages and leading the FSTi contingent until the halfway point of the rally. Unfortunately, disaster struck though, when he severely damaged the engine sump on a rock that was on the racing line of SS14, forcing him to retire from the leg.