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 the 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 turnaround year at Salih's career as he became the first-ever Turkish driver to compete in 24 hours of Le Mans.[5] He finished 7th in class.

The 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 20 September 2020, he became the first and only Turkish driver ever won in 24 hours of Le Mans. The 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.

In 2021, he raced for the European Le Mans Series LMP2 debut of TF Sport, Racing Team Turkey, with teammates Charlie Eastwood and Harry Tincknell.[6]

Racing record

Career summary

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2015 British GT Championship - GT3 Von Ryan Racing 4 0 0 0 0 4 23rd
Blancpain Endurance Series - Pro Am TF Sport 1 0 0 0 0 0 37th
International GT Open - Am 6 0 0 0 0 0 NC
European Le Mans Series - GTC 1 0 0 0 0 0 8th
2016 Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup Black Falcon 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC
Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain In2 Racing 2 0 0 0 0 0 28th
International GT Open - Pro Am TF Sport 12 2 0 0 3 37 6th
GT3 Le Mans Cup 6 2 0 0 5 107 2nd[7]
2017 Porsche GT3 Cup Middle East Lechner Racing 10 0 0 0 0 90 13th
Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup Oman Racing with TF Sport 5 0 0 0 0 7 26th
Intercontinental GT Challenge 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC
European Le Mans Series - GTE TF Sport 6 1 0 0 5 102 2nd
2018 Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup Ram Racing 3 0 0 0 0 0 NC
FIA Nations Cup Team Turkey 3 2 1 0 3 N/A 1st
2018–19 FIA World Endurance Championship - GTE Am TF Sport 8 0 0 0 4 99 3rd
Asian Le Mans Series - LMP2 United Autosports 4 0 0 0 1 33 8th
2019 Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup Oman Racing with TF Sport 5 0 0 0 0 0 NC
FIA Motorsport Games GT Cup Team Turkey 3 0 0 0 0 N/A 12th
2019–20 FIA World Endurance Championship - GTE Am TF Sport 8 4 2 0 5 154 2nd
2020 International GT Open TF Sport 12 3 0 0 8 112 2nd
2021 European Le Mans Series - LMP2 Racing Team Turkey 5 0 1 0 0 29.5 11th
WeatherTech SportsCar Championship - LMP2 Rick Ware Racing Eurasia 2 0 0 0 0 0 NC
2022 Formula Regional Asian Championship Pinnacle Motorsport 15 0 0 0 0 0 36th
European Le Mans Series - LMP2 Racing Team Turkey

* Season still in progress.

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 World Endurance Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Rank Points
2018–19 TF Sport LMGTE Am Aston Martin Vantage GTE Aston Martin 4.5 L V8 SPA
2
LMS
Ret
SIL
2
FUJ
2
SHA
8
SEB
6
SPA
2
LMS
6
3rd 99
2019–20 TF Sport LMGTE Am Aston Martin Vantage AMR Aston Martin 4.0 L Turbo V8 SIL
7
FUJ
1
SHA
1
BHR
Ret
COA
1
SPA
3
LMS
1
BHR
8
2nd 154

Complete European Le Mans Series results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 Rank Points
2015 TF Sport GTC Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 Aston Martin 4.5 L V8 SIL IMO RBR LEC EST
5
11th 10
2017 TF Sport GTE Aston Martin Vantage GTE Aston Martin 4.5 L V8 SIL
1
MNZ
2
RBR
3
LEC
2
SPA
5
ALG
3
2nd 102
2021 Racing Team Turkey LMP2 Oreca 07 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 CAT
15
RBR
4
LEC
6
MNZ
7
SPA
Ret
ALG
WD
11th 29.5
2022 Racing Team Turkey LMP2 Oreca 07 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 LEC
6
IMO
7
MNZ
7
CAT
SPA
ALG
7th* 20*

Complete Asian Le Mans Series results

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 Rank Points
2018-2019 United Autosports LMP2 Ligier JS P2 Nissan VK45 4.5 L V8 SHA
3
FUJ
5
CHA
6
SEP
Ret
8th 33

Complete Formula Regional Asian Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate the fastest lap of top ten finishers)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 DC Points
2022 Pinnacle Motorsport ABU
1

17
ABU
2

Ret
ABU
3

Ret
DUB
1

23
DUB
2

21
DUB
3

21
DUB
1

25
DUB
2

22
DUB
3

21
DUB
1

21
DUB
2

24
DUB
3

26†
ABU
1

25
ABU
2

21
ABU
3

24
36th 0

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. ^ "TF Sport to make prototype debut with LMP2 programme in ELMS".
  7. ^ "Salih Yoluc". TF Sport. Retrieved 17 September 2020.
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Sporting positions
Preceded by 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)