Turkish champion Yagiz Avci scored his first Intercontinental Rally Challenge win in Ukraine after a disastrous final day for local favourite Yuriy Protasov
With Andreas Mikkelsen already 47 points clear in this year's one-sided championship battle, the majority of the IRC regulars skipped the Yalta Rally. Only one of the top 20 in the standings made the trip.
That opened the door for Protasov, Avci and Finland's Mikko Pajunen to contend for victory.
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