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Where are they now?

LMC - 26/01/2018 - Jeff CARTER

In 2016 the Michelin GT3 Le Mans Cup was launched and as the 2018 season approaches we look back at where some of the drivers ended up in 2017.

Aleksey Basov and Victor Shaitar

After winning the Michelin GT3 Le Mans Cup Drivers title Russian duo Aleksey Basov and Victor Shaitar had a quiet year in 2017.  Racing for SMP Racing, both Basov and Shaitar had a great year in 2015, winning the FIA WEC LMGTE AM world title along with a class victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans that year. They followed it up with a dominant four wins from five starts in the 2016 Michelin GT3 Le Mans Cup for the Russian team.

2017 saw Aleksey Basov take a sabbatical from racing while Victor Shaitar raced at Le Mans in the first appearance of the SMP Racing Dallara-Gibson and finished 16th in the LMP2 class. Shaitar also raced five times in the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup – Pro class, taking one podium.

Euan Hankey and Salih Yoluc

After winning the 2016 Michelin GT3 Le Mans Cup team title for the British TF Sport team and finishing second in the drivers points standings, Euan Hankey and Salih Yoluc raced in the LMGTE class in the European Le Mans Series in 2017 for TF Sport. They were joined in the cockpit by 2016 FIA World Endurance LMGTE Pro Drivers Champion Nicki Thiim. 

Euan Hankey and Salih Yoluc, along with Nicki Thiim, took one win and four other podiums in the 2017 ELMS, finishing the year as Vice Champions and securing an automatic invitation to the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans once again for TF Sport. The pair also made their debut in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2017, finishing 7th in the LMGTE Am class on their first attempt.

Francesco Castellacci and Thomas Flohr

After a challenging season in the 2016 Michelin Le Mans Cup Italian Francesco Castellacci and Swiss Thomas Flohr decided to make the leap into the LMGTE Am class of the FIA World Endurance Championship where they were joined by Spanish GT ace Miguel Molina. The trio notched up one class victory at a very wet 6 Hours of Fuji in Japan and took further podium finishes in Germany at the Nürburgring, in Texas at the Circuit of The Americas and at the season finale in Bahrain.

At the end of their first season in the world championship Francesco Castellacci and Thomas Flohr finished a creditable fourth in the LMGTE Am category.

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