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Reigning LMP2 Champ Deletraz Joins Racing Team Turkey

Louis Deletraz joins TF Sport-operated Racing Team Turkey squad for 2023 ELMS season…

Photo: Prema

Reigning European Le Mans Series LMP2 champion Louis Deletraz has joined last year’s Pro-Am title-winning squad Racing Team Turkey for the upcoming season.

The Swiss driver will share the No. 34 Oreca 07 Gibson with Charlie Eastwood and Bronze-rated driver Salih Yoluc, who are aiming to defend their 2022 trophy.

Deletraz won last year’s ELMS in the highest category with series newcomer Prema, winning four of the six races overall alongside co-champion Ferdinand Habsburg.

The Swiss driver recently finished second in the Rolex 24 at Daytona as part of an IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup drive for Wayne Taylor Racing with Andretti Autosport.

Last week Sportscar365 reported that Deletraz will also tackle the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship sprint races with LMP2 team Tower Motorsports, alongside programs in the ELMS and FIA World Endurance Championship.

Racing Team Turkey is heading into its third season of ELMS action. Yoluc’s entry will continue to be run by WEC GTE-Am champion squad TF Sport, which is understood to be preparing an LMP2 entry application for the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

“It’s great to head back to the European Le Mans Series with Racing Team Turkey to defend the championship title this year,” said team principal Tom Ferrier.

“Having the reigning overall ELMS champion Louis join the line up will only help to improve on the successes we achieved last season.

“Salih has shown massive improvements year-on-year and with his record of being the fastest in the majority of the Bronze driver sessions in 2022, I have no doubt that we will be seeing many pole positions for the Racing Team Turkey crew.”

Yoluc partnered with Eastwood and Harry Tincknell for his first LMP2 season in 2021, before Jack Aitken joined the lineup for last year’s Pro-Am championship run.

“Winning the Pro-Am category in 2022 was a superb achievement for Racing Team Turkey,” Yoluc said.

“We managed to accomplish not only multiple class pole positions, race wins and podiums last year, but an overall pole position too.

“I strongly believe we can fight for overall podiums and that is our main aim for 2023.”

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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