Team ECI Men Cosmetics One Again the Winner in Gaziantep
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Finishing the Gaziantep Grand Prix 2 in the first place, team ECI Men Cosmetics repeated their record with 13 consecutive wins in Isiklar World Offshore 225 Championship.
Pilots Kerem Tuncer and Alpay Akdilek on ECI Men Cosmetics boat (88) finished with a time of 31.56.744; while team Besiktas-Miele (3) achived a time of 32.14.496 and took second place on the podium. It was a tough race for pilots Murat Leki and Tugberk Uca of Besiktas-Miele team but they succeeded to take second place despite difficulties at the start of the race. They were followed by YKM Sport (2) piloted by Kerim Zorlu and Saruhan Tan who finished with a time of 33.16.054.


Isiklar World Offshore 225 Championship Gaziantep Grand Prix 2, started with great excitement. Besiktas-Miele boat burst a buoy immediately after the start; as double yellow flags were waved the race continued in slow speed in the company of the start boat. ECI Men Cosmetics, Polimersan and GSYİAD-Galatasaray boats received stop-go penalty due to rule violation. After the new buoy was placed, the race commissioners decided to re-start the 20-lap race with 8 teams.

With the re-start of the race, all penalty points were zeroed and we witnessed an incredible competition among the boats. In the 17th lap of the one-pit stop race, Polimersan boat suffered transmission trouble and left the race. After fighting for top three for 19 laps, YKM Sport almost came to a halt due to a heating problem but then picked up speed and continued the race. Besiktas – Miele came up winning the fierce competition with Efe Project Mitsubishi Electric Racing Team that lasted almost half a lap.

Organized by Istanbul Offshore Club and supported by the Governorship of Gaziantep, Special Administration of Gaziantep, Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality, Silk Road Development Agency and Zirve University 2012 Isiklar World Offshore 225 Championship Gaziantep Grand Prix winners were presented their trophies by Veysel Dalmaz, Coordinator for the Governorship of Gaziantep; Bestami Alkan, Deputy Governor of Gaziantep; Yaşar Karadeniz, District Governor of Nizip; Settar Canlioglu, Deputy Secretary General of Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality; Cafer Yılmaz, Secretary General of Special Administration and Bulent Ozkan of Silk Road Development Agency.