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Racing Team Turkey Enters Daytona With Correa, Hanson

TF Sport adds Racing Team Turkey LMP2 entry to Rolex 24 commitment…

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TF Sport’s Racing Team Turkey operation will enter the LMP2 class of the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January with Juan Manuel Correa and Phil Hanson among the drivers.

Correa and Hanson, who have driven for Prema and United Autosports respectively, will team up with Racing Team Turkey regulars Charlie Eastwood and Salih Yoluc for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season-opener.

The LMP2 entry comes in addition to TF Sport’s assistance on Team TGM’s previously-announced GT Daytona effort with an Aston Martin Vantage GT3.

2019-20 FIA World Endurance LMP2 champion Hanson is set for his first outing with an LMP2 team other than United since 2017 when he drove in the European Le Mans Series with Tockwith Motorsports.

Ex-FIA Formula 2 driver Correa, meanwhile, entered prototype racing this year with Prema and helped the team to win the ELMS championship on its first attempt.

It is understood that TF Sport will utilize United Autosports’ American facility for its maiden Daytona bid.

“It’s great to be heading back to the States, not only with the GTD entry, but also with the Racing Team Turkey LMP2,” said  team principal Tom Ferrier.

“We’ve proven what we can do on the European scene, and with a super-strong lineup, I have no doubt that we will be battling for the win at Daytona.”

Racing Team Turkey was established last year by Bronze-rated driver Yoluc, who has driven TF Sport-run cars for several years.

Yoluc and Eastwood won this year’s ELMS LMP2 Pro-Am title, which is reserved for lineups involving a Bronze-rated competitor. They were joined for most of the season by Jack Aitken, who missed one of the races due to an ADAC GT Masters clash.

Turkish racer Yoluc is set for his second Daytona after representing RWR Eurasia last year.

“This event is extra important to me,” he said.

“Personally, to win the triple crown of the endurance world, with the 24 Hours of Le Mans and 24 Hours of Spa, is one of my two big goals in racing, and this event will be extra special as it is the first 24-hour race for Racing Team Turkey!”

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365, covering the FIA World Endurance Championship, Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.

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