Team Turkey Triumphs in Barcelona: Exciting ELMS Racing Victory

Team Turkey LeMans Series Barcelona 2023
Team Turkey LeMans Series Barcelona 2023
Last Updated on August 5, 2023

Racing Team Turkey, led by Salih Yoluc, Charlie Eastwood, and Louis Deletraz, celebrated an outstanding victory in the 4 Hours of Barcelona, overcoming a black and orange flag in the final hour. The Pro-Am entered team displayed a thrilling performance in their Oreca 07 Gibson, securing the top spot with a strong comeback drive in the end.

Deletraz’s crucial pass with just 15 minutes remaining in the race on Duqueine Team’s Neel Jani ultimately led to their victory. The Swiss driver’s bold move up the inside of his compatriot at Turn 7 followed a late unplanned pitstop, showcasing the team’s determination and skill.

From a commanding lead to a late forced stop

The TF Sport-entered car looked set for a win in the opening round of the season, but with just half an hour left in the race, race control ordered the team to replace the car’s damaged tail section. This decision left the team puzzled and frustrated, as the damage had been caused by an earlier incident with Paul Di Resta under Full Course Yellow (FCY).

Yoluc’s consistent performance in the Pro-Am class, keeping the gap to the Pro entries limited, laid the groundwork for the team’s victory. Eastwood’s strategic moves during the race, picking off both Panis Racing’s Tijmen van der Helm and Cool Racing’s Reshad de Gerus, placed the team in a strong position for the overall win.

An intense battle for victory

With the overtake completed, Deletraz managed to stay ahead of Jani and took the checkered flag just 2.3 seconds ahead of the No. 30 Oreca. The top three were rounded out by the No. 83 AF Corse Oreca, with Ben Barnicoat driving a spirited final stint to secure second place in the LMP2 Pro/Am.

Despite the race director’s controversial decision to call in the Racing Team Turkey car for a rear-end change after their final scheduled stop, Deletraz displayed impressive pace and determination to secure the win. The team now looks forward to turning the page on the incident and continuing their strong performance in future races.

Victories in LMP3 and GTE categories

Racing Spirit of Le Mans claimed the LMP3 honors after a hard-fought battle with Inter Europol and COOL Racing’s challengers but was penalized of 105” for a pit stop when the pitlane was closed. in the end COOL Racing Ligier grab the win and Inter Europol Competition get 2nd place. Racing Spirit of Le Mans goes back to 3rd.

In the GTE class, Proton Competition’s No. 16 Porsche 911 RSR 19, driven by Ryan Hardwick, Zach Robichon, and Alessio Picariello, took a commanding win over Formula Racing and the chasing pack. The trio led the majority of the race and crossed the line just ahead of Formula Racing’s Ferrari 488 GTE EVO.

Looking ahead to the next ELMS race

The European Le Mans Series will move on to Round 2, scheduled for July 16th at Paul Ricard, after the cancellation of next month’s 4 Hours of Imola. Racing Team Turkey will be looking to continue their winning momentum and further showcase their prowess in the upcoming races.


134Racing Team Turkey1404:01’14.646Salih YOLUCCharlie EASTWOODLouis DELETRAZOreca 07 – GibsonLMP2 Pro/AmClassified
230Duqueine Team1404:01’17.0092.3632.363Nicolas PINORené BINDERNeel JANIOreca 07 – GibsonLMP2Classified
383AF Corse1404:01’27.64112.99510.632François PERRODOMatthieu VAXIVIEREBen BARNICOATOreca 07 – GibsonLMP2 Pro/AmClassified
437COOL Racing1404:01’58.40343.75730.762Alexandre COIGNYMalthe JAKOBSENNicolas LAPIERREOreca 07 – GibsonLMP2 Pro/AmClassified
565Panis Racing1404:02’01.02346.3772.620Job VAN UITERTManuel MALDONADOTijmen VAN DER HELMOreca 07 – GibsonLMP2Classified
628IDEC Sport1404:02’20.2591’05.61319.236Paul LAFARGUEPaul Loup CHATINLaurents HÖRROreca 07 – GibsonLMP2Classified
747COOL Racing1404:02’31.9281’17.28211.669Vladislav LOMKOReshad DE GERUSJose Maria LOPEZOreca 07 – GibsonLMP2Classified
825Algarve Pro Racing1394:01’31.3171 Laps1 LapsKyffin SIMPSONJames ALLENAlexander LYNNOreca 07 – GibsonLMP2Classified
924Nielsen Racing1394:01’41.7881 Laps10.471Rodrigo SALESBen HANLEYMathias BECHEOreca 07 – GibsonLMP2 Pro/AmClassified
1022United Autosports USA1394:01’55.8021 Laps14.014Marino SATOPhilip HANSONOliver JARVISOreca 07 – GibsonLMP2Classified
113DKR Engineering1394:01’57.4971 Laps1.695Tom VAN ROMPUYSebastian ALVAREZNathanael BERTHONOreca 07 – GibsonLMP2 Pro/AmClassified
1299Proton Competition1394:02’52.7361 Laps55.239Giorgio RODAJonas RIEDGianmaria BRUNIOreca 07 – GibsonLMP2 Pro/AmClassified
1381DragonSpeed USA1384:01’35.2102 Laps1 LapsHenrik HEDMANSebastian MONTOYAJuan Pablo MONTOYAOreca 07 – GibsonLMP2 Pro/AmClassified
1420Algarve Pro Racing1384:01’51.5582 Laps16.348Fred POORDADTristan VAUTIERJack HAWKSWORTHOreca 07 – GibsonLMP2 Pro/AmClassified
1519Team Virage1384:02’03.5002 Laps11.942Dennis ANDERSENIan RODRIGUEZTatiana CALDERONOreca 07 – GibsonLMP2 Pro/AmClassified
1621United Autosports USA1374:02’12.7153 Laps1 LapsDaniel SCHNEIDERAndrew MEYRICKNelson PIQUET JrOreca 07 – GibsonLMP2 Pro/AmClassified
1723United Autosports USA1374:02’34.7763 Laps22.061James MCGUIREGuy SMITHPaul DI RESTAOreca 07 – GibsonLMP2 Pro/AmClassified
1817COOL Racing1344:02’15.9806 Laps3 LapsAdrien CHILAMarcos SIEBERTAlejandro GARCIALigier JS P320 – NissanLMP3Classified
1913Inter Europol Competition1344:02’29.2556 Laps0.400Miguel CRISTÓVÃOKai ASKEYWyatt BRICHACEKLigier JS P320 – NissanLMP3Classified
2031Racing Spirit of Leman1344:02’15.5806 Laps13.275Jacques WOLFFAntoine DOQUINFabien MICHALLigier JS P320 – NissanLMP3Classified
2111Eurointernational1334:01’53.6357 Laps1 LapsMatthew Richard BELLAdam ALILigier JS P320 – NissanLMP3Classified
227Nielsen Racing1334:02’00.7257 Laps7.090Anthony WELLSRyan HARPER-ELLAMLigier JS P320 – NissanLMP3Classified
235RLR M Sport1334:02’55.5827 Laps54.857James DAYSONValdemar ERIKSENJack MANCHESTERLigier JS P320 – NissanLMP3Classified
2435Ultimate1324:02’31.1508 Laps1 LapsEric TROUILLETMatthieu LAHAYEJean-Baptiste LAHAYELigier JS P320 – NissanLMP3Classified
258Team Virage1314:01’48.9669 Laps1 LapsManuel ESPIRITO SANTONick ADCOCKMichael JENSENLigier JS P320 – NissanLMP3Classified
2616Proton Competition1314:01’56.0119 Laps7.045Ryan HARDWICKZacharie ROBICHONAlessio PICARIELLOPorsche 911 RSR – 19LMGTEClassified
2750Formula Racing1314:01’57.4199 Laps1.408Johnny LAURSENConrad LAURSENMikkel MACFerrari 488 GTE EvoLMGTEClassified
2866JMW Motorsport1304:01’54.24010 Laps1 LapsMartin BERRYLorcan HANAFINJon LANCASTERFerrari F488 GTE EvoLMGTEClassified
2960Iron Lynx1304:02’02.67910 Laps8.439Claudio SCHIAVONIMatteo CRESSONIMatteo CAIROLIPorsche 911 RSR – 19LMGTEClassified
3055Spirit of Race1304:02’15.31810 Laps12.639Duncan CAMERONDavid PERELMatthew GRIFFINFerrari 488 GTE EvoLMGTEClassified
3151AF Corse1304:02’39.70010 Laps24.382Kriton LENTOUDISRui AGUASUlysse DE PAUWFerrari 488 GTE EvoLMGTEClassified
3257Kessel Racing1304:02’55.57610 Laps15.876Takeshi KIMURAGregory HUFFAKER IIFrederik SCHANDORFFFerrari 488 GTE EvoLMGTEClassified
3393Proton Competition1284:01’16.54212 Laps2 LapsMichael FASSBENDERMartin RUMPRichard LIETZPorsche 911 RSR – 19LMGTEClassified
3495TF Sport1284:02’06.37312 Laps49.831John HARTSHORNEBen TUCKJonathan ADAMAston Martin Vantage AMRLMGTEClassified
3515RLR M Sport1254:02’22.98615 Laps3 LapsHorst FELBERMAYRGael JULIENMateusz KAPRZYKLigier JS P320 – NissanLMP3Classified
364DKR Engineering1134:02’51.95627 Laps12 LapsAlexander BUKHANTSOVJames WINSLOWPedro PERINODuqueine M30 – D08 – NissanLMP3Classified
3710Eurointernational672:40’06.22873 Laps46 LapsNick MOSSGlenn VAN BERLOLigier JS P320 – NissanLMP3Not classified
3843Inter Europol Competition341:04’55.807106 Laps33 LapsRui ANDRADEOlli CALDWELLJonathan ABERDEINOreca 07 – GibsonLMP2Not classified
3944GMB Motorsport12’41.824139 Laps33 LapsJens MØLLERGustav BIRCHNicki THIIMAston Martin Vantage AMRLMGTENot classified
4012WTM by Rinaldi Racing0140 Laps1 LapsTorsten KRATZLeonard WEISSOscar TUNJODuqueine M30 – D08 – NissanLMP3Not classified
4172TF Sport0140 LapsArnold ROBINMaxime ROBINValentin HASSE-CLOTAston Martin Vantage AMRLMGTENot classified
4277Proton Competition0140 LapsChristian RIEDGiammarco LEVORATOJulien ANDLAUERPorsche 911 RSR – 19LMGTENot classified
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