Turkey will be represented in the inaugral FIA GT Nations Cup event in Barhain later this year, RAM Racing entering a Mercedes AMG GT3 with Turkish FIA WEC racer Salih Yoluc.
Yoluç – who was the first Turkish racing driver to contest the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans last year with TF Sport – has competed with RAM in the 2018 Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup this season. His entry into the FIA GT Nations Cup extends his programme with the team, and adds a race to the gap between the FIA WEC ‘Super Season’ races at Shanghai (November) and Sebring (next March).
“The opportunity to race for my country is not one to miss, especially when we can go for a win with a line up like this, it’s a ‘no-brainer’,” Yoluc said. “There will be 16 other nationalities, I’ve heard, but I’m hoping we can beat them all!
“This will be my third time in Bahrain. I’ve done some Carrera Cup Middle East racing and it is a nice track – the changing grip conditions make it a bit harder sometimes, but it’s fun to race here, especially at night. It’s nice to end the year with another outing with RAM Racing.”
The second driver in the all-Turkish line-up will be announced in the coming weeks, once 2018 racing commitments are complete.
“We’re honoured that Salih has chosen RAM Racing to represent his country,” commented RAM Racing’s team principal Dan Shufflebottom. “It’s a fantastic idea to pit countries against each other and it looks like there are already many being represented.
“Salih is very quick and reliable, and the Mercedes AMG GT3 is a good car for one-hour races. I think the aim will be to make no mistakes and ensure we always finish near the front without taking huge risks. Collecting points in each race is the key to success here.”
The inaugural FIA GT Nations Cup takes place on 30th November – 1st December at the Bahrain International Circuit.
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