2 YKM wins again at Rumkale, Gaziantep
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Saruhan Tan and Kerim Zorlu from 2 YKM Sport, have won another race and guaranteed the first stair at the podium this season. The weather outside was extremely hot, but the real struggle was inside the cockpits, where the inside temperature reached 70 degrees. This very hard Grand Prix consisted of 25 laps and the weather did not help at all. Despite all this, there was a huge interest for the races, from the local audience from Gaziantep. Pilots seemed happy about the attention towards them, and they also declared their happiness about the natural beauty and the historical structure of Rumkale.

Race was held at the Birecik dam, which is a part of the city of Şanlıurfa. One side of the dam, however, is part of Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality which is known as Yavuzeli county. The region of Rumkale, is therefore under the jurisdiction of Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality. At this race, the VIP section was very crowded. Minister of Finance Mehmet Şimşek, Governor of Gaziantep Süleyman Kamçı, Undersecretary of Maritime Affairs Hasan Naiboğlu, Deputy of Undersecretary of Maritime Affairs Hamza Taşkeser, Mayor of Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality Asım Güzelbey were there to watch the race. Mayors from surrounding counties were also present at the race, Mehmet Tahmazoğlu and Rıdvan Fadıloğlu. Other than these, AK Party Gaziantep Parliamentarians Mehmet Erdoğan, Fatma Şahin, Mehmet Sarı and Halil Mazıcıoğlu were there along with AK Party Provincial Chairman Ahmet Uzer.

Also, local people of Gaziantep showed a high attention to both the race, organized by World Motonautiqe Federation (UIM) and Istanbul Offshore Club (IOC), under the hospitality of Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality.


Minister of Finance and Undersecretary of Maritime Affairs gave the trophies at Gaziantep
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10th race of this season was run at Gaziantep, with the hospitality of Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality. At that sunny Sunday, 8 teams started the race and ran 25 laps. First runner of this race was again 2 YKM Sport, while 67 Olympique De Marseille came second and 03 Beşiktaş 1903 came third.

At the 4th lap of the race, Beşiktaş 1903 turned close to a buoy and caused it to explode. Start boat came into the racetrack and raised the double yellow flags. This meant that all teams must have got in line behind the start boat, while keeping their position. Security boats put a new buoy instead of the one that exploded, and then the race continued. During these slow laps, race boats went in the pontoon for their pit stops, which effected the positioning of the race. When green flag was raised again, 2 YKM Sport was first in line, followed by Beşiktaş 1903 and 67 Olympique De Marseille.

When 03 Beşiktaş 1903 team did their Stop & Go penalty because of the exploded buoy, 67 Olympique De Marseille got to the second position. Up until the last seconds of the last lap, the audience watched the breath taking competition among these two boats. The two boats finished very close on the finish line, with approximately 5 meters in between. At the end, 67 Olympique de Marseille finished on the second position. Beşiktaş 1903 team was not so happy about being on the third stair, altough they were glad to be at the second position in Standings of World Offshore Championship.

At the Trophy Ceremony, Minister of Finance Mehmet Şimşek and Undersecretary of Maritime Affairs Hasan Naiboğlu gave the winning teams their prizes, along with Governor of Gaziantep Süleyman Kamçı.