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Salih Yoluç
NationalityTurkey Turkish
Born (1985-08-22) 22 August 1985 (age 35)
Istanbul (Turkey)
FIA World Endurance Championship career
Debut season2017
Current teamTF Sport
Car number90
Starts16
Wins4
Podiums9
Poles3
Fastest laps0
Best finish2nd in 2019/20
Previous series
2019
2019
2017
2016
2016
Asian Le Mans Series
Blancpain Endurance Cup
European Le Mans Series
Michelin GT3 Le Mans Cup
International GT Open
Championship titles
2020
2019
2019
2018
2016
24 hours of Le Mans
Blancpain Endurance Cup Pro/Am
Total 24 hours of SPA
FIA Nations Cup
GT3 Le Mans Cup (Teams)
Salih Yoluç turns in to Village corner in the number 90 TF Sport-entered Aston Martin Vantage GTE, during the 2018 6 Hours of Silverstone race.
Salih Yoluç turns in to Village corner in the number 90 TF Sport-entered Aston Martin Vantage GTE, during the 2018 6 Hours of Silverstone race.

Salih Yoluç (born 22 August 1985, Istanbul) is a Turkish racing driver. He is the first and only Turkish driver who has ever won 24 hours of Le Mans.[1]

Biography

Salih started his racing career in 2015 with Optimum Motorsport and he won Dubai 24 hours on his first ever year of competing.[2]

At the end of 2015, he made a move to his current team TF Sport and competed in Michelin GT3 Le Mans Cup where he won the teams championship and also finished second in the drivers standings with 2 wins and 5 podiums in 6 races.[3] He also competed in International GT Open championship the same year and got 2 wins and 3 podiums in 12 races.[4]

2017 was a turn around year at Salih's career as he became the first ever Turkish driver who compete in 24 hours of Le Mans.[5] He finished 7th in class.

Same year, he also competed in European Le Mans Series and finished second in the standings with 1 win and 5 podiums out of 6 races.

In 2018, he started racing in FIA World Endurance Championship and finished 3rd in the standings at the end of the season with 4 podiums and 1 pole position out of 8 races. He had a DNF and a P11 on 2018 and 2019 editions of 24 hours of Le Mans.

The long 2019-2020 season was the biggest turning point in Salih Yoluc's career. On 20th of September 2020, he became the first and only Turkish driver ever won in 24 hours of Le Mans. Same season, he finished 2nd and became the vice champions in the FIA World Endurance Championship standings with 4 wins, 5 podiums and 2 pole positions out of 8 races.

Racing record

Career summary

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2020 International GT Open TF Sport 12 3 0 0 8 112 2nd
2019-20 FIA World Endurance Championship TF Sport 8 4 2 0 5 154 2nd
2019 FIA Motorsport Games Team Turkey by TF Sport 3 0 0 0 0 0 12th
2019 Total 24 hours of SPA TF Sport 1 1 0 0 1 0 1st
2019 Blancpain Endurance Cup TF Sport 6 1 3 0 6 122 1st [6]
2019 Asian Le Mans Series United Autosports 4 0 0 0 1 33 8th
2018-19 FIA World Endurance Championship TF Sport 8 0 0 0 4 99 3rd
2018 FIA Nations Cup Team Turkey by RAM Racing 3 2 1 0 3 0 1st
2018 Total 24 hours of SPA TF Sport 1 0 1 0 0 0 8th
2018 Blancpain Endurance Cup RAM Racing 3 1 2 0 1 40 11th
2017 Gulf 12 hours United Autosports 1 0 0 0 1 0 3rd
2017 European Le Mans Series TF Sport 6 1 0 0 5 102 2nd
2017 Total 24 hours of SPA TF Sport 1 0 0 0 1 0 2nd
2017 Blancpain Endurance Cup TF Sport 3 0 0 0 2 72 3rd
2017 Porsche GT3 Cup Middle East Lechner Racing 10 0 0 0 0 90 13th
2016 Michelin GT3 Le Mans Cup TF Sport 6 2 0 0 5 107 2nd [7]
2016 International GT Open TF Sport 12 2 0 0 3 37 6th
2016 Porsche Cup GB In2 Racing 3 0 0 0 0 0 NC
2016 Blancpain Endurance Cup Black Falcon 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC
2015 Gulf 12 hours Brookspeed Porsche 1 0 0 0 1 0 2nd
2015 European Le Mans Series TF Sport 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC
2015 International GT Open TF Sport 6 0 0 0 0 0 NC
2015 Blancpain Endurance Cup TF Sport 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC
2015 British GT Von Ryan Racing 4 0 0 0 0 4 NC
2015 Dubai 24 hours Optimum Motorsport 1 1 0 0 1 0 1st [7]

24 Hours of Le Mans Results

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2017 United Kingdom TF Sport United Kingdom Euan Hankey
United Kingdom Rob Bell
Aston Martin Vantage GTE GTE
Am
329 35th 7th
2018 United Kingdom TF Sport United Kingdom Euan Hankey
Republic of Ireland Charlie Eastwood
Aston Martin Vantage GTE GTE
Am
304 DNF DNF
2019 United Kingdom TF Sport United Kingdom Euan Hankey
Republic of Ireland Charlie Eastwood
Aston Martin Vantage GTE GTE
Am
327 42nd 11th
2020 United Kingdom TF Sport United Kingdom Jonathan Adam
Republic of Ireland Charlie Eastwood
Aston Martin Vantage AMR GTE
Am
339 24th 1st

Complete FIA WEC Championship Results

Year Entrant Class Car Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Race 6 Race 7 Race 8 Points Position
2019-20 United Kingdom TF Sport LMGTE Am Aston Martin Vantage GTE SIL FUJ SHA BHR COA SPA LMS BHR 154 2nd
2018-19 United Kingdom TF Sport LMGTE Am Aston Martin Vantage GTE SPA LMS SIL FUJ SHA SEB SPA LMS 99 3rd

Career Highlights

2015

Dubai 24 hours : Winner (SP3)

Gulf 12 hours : 2nd Place(Cup)

2016

Michelin Le Mans Cup : Champion

2017

European Le Mans Series GTE : 2nd Place

Blancpain Endurance Cup PRO/AM : 3rd Place

SPA 24 hours PRO/AM : 2nd Place

Gulf 12 hours : 3rd Place (LMP3)

2018

FIA GT Nations Cup : Winner

2019

Total 24hrs of Spa : Winner

Blancpain Endurance Cup PRO/AM : Champion

FIA World Endurance Championship : 3rd Place

2020

24 hours of Le Mans : Winner

International GT Open : 2nd Place

FIA World Endurance Championship : 2nd Place

References

  1. ^ "WEC - Tom Ferrier on Winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans". Federation Internationale de l'Automobile. 2020-09-30. Retrieved 2020-10-02.
  2. ^ "Optimum Motorsport Dominates Dubai 24H". the checkered flag. Retrieved 2020-10-02.
  3. ^ "Tom Ferrier: From the Michelin Le Mans Cup to the 24 Hours of Le Mans - LMC". www.lemanscup.com. Retrieved 2020-10-02.
  4. ^ "Driver Presentation: Salih Yoluc". www.gt3me.com. Retrieved 2020-10-02.
  5. ^ "Salih Yoluc (Aston Martin) : un pilote turc à la découverte des 24 Heures du Mans..." 24h-lemans.com. Retrieved 2020-10-02.
  6. ^ "Salih Yoluç'tan çifte şampiyonlık" [Double championship from Salih Yoluç]. TRT Haber (in Turkish). 30 September 2019. Retrieved 17 September 2020.
  7. ^ a b "Salih Yoluc". TF Sport. Retrieved 17 September 2020.

External links

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Lewis Williamson
Nick Leventis
Chris Buncombe
Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup
Pro-Am Champion

2019
With: Charlie Eastwood & Ahmad Al Harthy
Succeeded by
Chris Goodwin
Alexander West
(GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup)
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