Eagles dominate the CMS Media Race
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The excitement began early on during the qualifying heats in the CMS Media Grand Prix. 03 Beşiktaş 1903, 05 GSYİAD Galatasaray and 02 YKM Sport teams amazed the viewers with their speed. 05 GSYİAD Galatasaray team had to retire from the race in the 13th lap due to a technical problem. Furthermore, 02 YKM Sport bounced off a wave and lunged into the water in the 17th lap; with a broken nose, the boat suffered the danger of sinking.

The winner of the 11th race of the season was 03 Beşiktaş 1903 piloted by Ali Tanır and Murat Leki followed by 67 Olympique De Marseille with Philippe Benhamou and Josef Muhlbauer in second place and 39 Yuka Yacht with Francesco Redaelli and Giovanni Casagni in third.

The 11th race of the season sponsored by CMS Media was run at Moda Sea Club where the teams pushed their limits. The competitive spirit that began in the qualifying heats continued in the race. 03 Beşiktaş 1903 pilots Ali Tanır and Murat Leki started the race in pole position and completed in the same position. The rivalry between 02 YKM Sport and 05 GSYİAD Galatasaray teams also continued. We were used to Alpay Akdilek – Kerem Tuncer duo’s wins in the previous seasons but this year they lost their place to Saruhan Tan and Kerim Zorlu in the first half of the season. All three teams were keen on winning before the race and the audience watched them holding their breath. Full of excitement, speed and adrenaline throughout the day, the race ended with the victory of 03 Beşiktaş 1903, a.k.a. Black Eagles sponsored by Kartalcell and Sarar. Yuka Yacht with experienced Italian pilots Francesco Redaelli and Giovanni Casagni displayed high performance and completed the race in third place.

It was a critical day in the championship in terms of scoring points. 02 YKM Sport that started the second half of the season as leader was unable to complete the 11th leg of the championship. On the one hand the gap between the points of 2 YKM Sport and 3 Beşiktaş 1903 diminishes, on the other hand looking at their performance in this race, 39 Yuka Yacht team will most likely try to find a better position until the end of the season.


The Lion roared in Moda
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02 YKM Sport team with pilots Saruhan Tan and Kerim Zorlu, despite all the hardships, continues to race in the championship and nothing seems to stop them. Another team that was unable to complete the race due to technical problems on Saturday was 05 GSYİAD Galatasaray but they succeeded to finish first on Sunday’s race. 03 Beşiktaş 1903 displayed high performance during the qualifying heats and they were followed by 05 GSYİAD Galatasaray which took advantage of the opportunities and completed the first day’s race in the first place.

03 Beşiktaş 1903 started the day fast just like they did on Saturday and 05 GSYİAD Galatasaray followed closely. Kara Kartal achieved the best lap time of the race; however it had to slow down three times due to overheating of the engine and lost its lead position to 05 GSYİAD Galatasaray team. The ranking suddenly changed as 05 GSYİAD Galatasaray led the race, followed by 67 Olympique De Marseille in second place and 03 Beşiktaş 1903 down to third place. The tough competition among the teams continued while the top three positions kept changing hands. The race ended with the victory of 05 GSYİAD, piloted by Alpay Akdilek and Josef Muhlbauer.

While 03 Beşiktaş 1903 with Ali Tanır and Murat Leki finished in second place, the surprise of the day came from 45 SIF JCB team that finished in third place. 45 SIF JCB piloted by İlker Özmen and Süha Yenigül displayed a very impressive performance on Sunday and won everyone’s admiration. 67 Olympique De Marseille experienced engine problems in the last lap of the race and yet they succeeded to come fourth. Despite all the hardships they had to endure, 02 YKM Sport team continued to take part in the championship races and missed their chance on the podium as they ran out of fuel at the last buoy turn; they ended the day in fifth place.