SALIH YOLUC SET FOR HIS SUPER-SEASON IN FIA WEC AND BLANCPAIN GT
Salih Yoluc is set to embark on his biggest season yet as he aims to become the first Turkish driver to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
As well as taking part in the FIA World Endurance Championship with TF Sport, he will also compete in the Blancpain GT Endurance Cup with RAM Racing in what is an exciting and busy schedule in two major sportscar championships.
Q: You have had a very busy off-season and have been putting in the laps in both karts as well as GT3 and GTE machinery. Tell us about you build up to 2018…
“We have been really busy with some kart testing, racing and plenty of miles in both GTE and GT3 machineries. I feel like I’ve learned and improved considerably and fully prepared for 2018.”
Q: The FIA WEC Prologue took place at Paul Ricard, lots of laps in the #90 GTE ahead of Spa-Francorchamps.
“It was definitely very productive for us. We’ve all had long runs and got more and more comfortable in the car. Obviously, we can’t really say much about the pace because we don’t know what everyone really has, but I feel like we look good.
“Charlie and Euan – they are fast, no surprises there. We’ll have some good competition this year, nine cars in our class, so it will be tough but fun as well. The Porsche’s have been super-fast, so I expect it will be a big fight with them.”
Q: For Blancpain GT, you’re adapting to the Mercedes-AMG GT3. How different are you finding it to the Aston Martin Vantage GTE?
“They’re not so very different in my opinion. The AMG is such an advanced GT3 car I would say it drives similarly to GTE machine of the Aston Martin. The obvious difference is the brakes now, but I don’t see it ever being a problem.”
Q: You’re teaming up with Euan in both championships. You both know each other well very well – tell us about the motorsport journey you are both taking part in?
“We’ve been racing together since 2015 and I’m hoping this will be the biggest year of both our racing careers. We are ready.”