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Erkut Kızılırmak

Erkut Kızılırmak

Turkish racing driver
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Intro Turkish racing driver
Countries Turkey
Occupations Racing driver
Gender male
Birth 14 September 1969 (İzmir, Izmir Province, Turkey)
Erkut Kızılırmak
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Biography

Erkut Kızılırmak (born September 14, 1969) is an auto racing driver from Turkey. He started racing in rallying in 1992 and switched to touring cars in 2002, at the age of 32. In 2005 he won the Turkish Touring Car Championship, in a Vauxhall Astra Coupé formerly raced by Yvan Muller in the BTCC. He also made an appearance in the Turkish round of the World Touring Car Championship in 2005 driving an ex works SEAT Toledo for the GR Asia team alongside Tom Coronel.

His connections with the series and the Triple 8 Race Engineering company, increased in 2006, with Erkut becoming the first Turkish driver to compete in the BTCC when he raced at Croft in a BTC-T Vauxhall Astra Sport Hatch, converted from one of the team's show cars. He also competed at Snetterton, where he achieved his best result - 13th.

On February 9, 2007 Erkut announced that he would be competing in the full BTCC championship in 2007, in an ex VX Racing Astra Sport Hatch. His Arkas Team unites with Tech-Speed Motorsport to run the car. Despite previous expectations, it was a one-car team, with no place for previous Tech-Speed driver Paul O'Neill.

Two tenth-places in the high-attrition round 8 at Brands Hatch gave him his only 2 overall points of the season, while he finished 9th in the Independents' Cup, showing some speed and gusto in a 2006-spec car.

Erkut also won the first two races of the 2007 Turkish Touring Car Championship.

In 2008 he returned for another season in the BTCC. This time as part of a two car team alongside Martyn Bell with the renamed Team Arkas Racing with Sunshine.co.uk. His best result of the year was a tenth place finish in round six at Rockingham Speedway, giving him his one championship point of the year.

Racing record

World Touring Car Championship

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 DC Pts
2005 GR Asia SEAT Toledo Cupra ITA
1
ITA
2
FRA
1
FRA
2
GBR
1
GBR
2
SMR
1
SMR
2
MEX
1
MEX
2
BEL
1
BEL
2
GER
1
GER
2
TUR
1
Ret
TUR
2
DNS
ESP
1
ESP
2
MAC
1
MAC
2
- 0

British Touring Car Championship

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position - 1 point awarded in first race) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap - 1 point awarded all races) (* signifies that driver lead race for at least one lap - 1 point awarded all races)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 DC Pts
2006 VX Racing Vauxhall Astra Sport Hatch BRH
1
BRH
2
BRH
3
MON
1
MON
2
MON
3
OUL
1
OUL
2
OUL
3
THR
1
THR
2
THR
3
CRO
1
15
CRO
2
Ret
CRO
3
15
DON
1
DON
2
DON
3
SNE
1
Ret
SNE
2
13
SNE
3
14
KNO
1
KNO
2
KNO
3
BRH
1
BRH
2
BRH
3
SIL
1
SIL
2
SIL
3
26th 0
2007 Arkas Racing Vauxhall Astra Sport Hatch BRH
1
14
BRH
2
12
BRH
3
15
ROC
1
16
ROC
2
DNS
ROC
3
11
THR
1
17
THR
2
13
THR
3
14
CRO
1
13
CRO
2
Ret
CRO
3
Ret
OUL
1
14
OUL
2
Ret
OUL
3
11
DON
1
14
DON
2
15
DON
3
13
SNE
1
11
SNE
2
Ret
SNE
3
11
BRH
1
10
BRH
2
10
BRH
3
Ret
KNO
1
KNO
2
KNO
3
THR
1
15
THR
2
Ret
THR
3
Ret
24th 2
2008 Arkas Racing with sunshine.co.uk Vauxhall Astra Sport Hatch BRH
1
19
BRH
2
16
BRH
3
17
ROC
1
17
ROC
2
18
ROC
3
10
DON
1
16
DON
2
Ret
DON
3
DNS
THR
1
22
THR
2
19
THR
3
14
CRO
1
16
CRO
2
15
CRO
3
13
SNE
1
18
SNE
2
Ret
SNE
3
13
OUL
1
OUL
2
OUL
3
KNO
1
KNO
2
KNO
3
SIL
1
18
SIL
2
DNS
SIL
3
17
BRH
1
18
BRH
2
17
BRH
3
Ret
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