Palladium Grand Prix Excitement at Caddebostan Coast in Istanbul
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“Palladium Grand Prix 1”, the first race in the final leg of Işıklar World Offshore 225 Championship was run on Saturday, October 20th at the Caddebostan coast in Istanbul. ECI Men Cosmetics – Besiktas Miele and YKM Sport teams took the three places on the podium.
Palladium Grand Prix 1 winner was ECI Cosmetics Men team who broke their own record of consecutive wins with 14 victories. Team pilots Kerem Tuncer and Alpay Akdilek finished the race with a time of 53.06.976 and became the owner of a new record.
The second place on the podium was claimed by team Besiktas – Miele after some serious competition with team YKM Sport. Murat Leki and Tugberk Uca of team Besiktas – Miele scored a time of 53.19.331 and won second place followed three seconds later by YKM Sport with pilots Kerim Zorlu and Cengiz Cennetoglu who finished the race at 53.22.638.

Organized by Istanbul Offshore Club and sponsored by Palladium Shopping Center, “Palladium Shopping Center Grand Prix 1” started with qualifying rounds at 11 am. At the end of the qualifying rounds which started with 8 teams, ECI Men Cosmetics team (88) took pole position with their time of 01.37.033. They were followed by team YKM Sport (2) with a difference of 2 seconds while Polimersan Racing Team (7) finished at 01.41.181 and took third place at the race lineup.

Starting at 2 pm, Palladium Grand Prix 1 was run on a 2.5-mile circuit over 30 laps. After a sunny morning, the weather began to get cooler with stronger winds toward the start of the race but this did not keep hundreds of fans from watching the exciting competition at Caddebostan coasts. The race started with the waving of the green flag and continued uneventfully until the 6th lap when GHB Offshore Racing Team with Portuguese pilots Juan Carrasaquillo and Joa Filipe had to retire from the race due to an engine injection fault. Polimersan Racing Team piloted by Tarık Öktem and Hakan Vanlı was another team that had to leave the grand prix due to a transmission fault in lap 13.
As the winds got stronger, when it began to rain during lap 14, the race became even more challenging for the teams. Meanwhile teams Angel Yacht and WD40 received a stop and go penalty for buoy violations but Angel Yacht still managed to finish the race in fourth place.
The winners were presented their trophies by Oğuz Yusuf Çıvgın, Board Member of Developing Sports Federation; Songül Kara, Secretary General; Angelo Poma, UIM Commissioner; Serdar Özer, İOC Vice President and Ayşen Yerşen, Palladium Shopping Center Director.