Unphased by sizzling hot conditions, the Skoda Fabia Rally2 pilot drove a flawless event to steer clear of drama. He arrived back at the Marmaris finish 2min 10.9sec clear of his nearest rival, taking seventh overall in the process.
"After a huge crash in Estonia, we did it! I think this is one of the most difficult rallies of my career. It's an amazing feeling - it's hard to talk because we are so happy,” said the chuffed Pole.
Teenage sensation Marco Bulacia was second in his Citroën C3 R5. The Bolivian put up a strong fight, leading on the first day and claiming five stage wins throughout the event. He punctured during today’s Çetibeli speed test but now tops the championship standings with two rounds remaining.
"We are leading the championship and we are very happy. A little bit of sadness, because on the last pass of Çetibeli we had a puncture whilst we were trying to catch Kajto. We will continue to fight in Sardinia to try and become champions," said the new series leader.
Home hero Yağiz Avci was third, over five minutes behind Bulacia. After a reasonable lay-off from the sport, the podium finish was well-received by the Citroën man.
"It was a really tough event. After two years without driving a rally this was a good comeback for us. It's been really difficult mentally, but we tried to manage," Avci said.
Ford Fiesta R5 driver Alberto Heller finished 9min27.9sec behind the winners in fourth, followed by Burak Cukurova who was 2min44.0sec further back in fifth.
Reigning Junior World Rally Champion Jan Solans showed exciting potential with a stage win on Sunday’s opener. However, his Fiesta developed a power steering issue during the final loop and the Spaniard was forced to limp to the end with sixth.