BMW M Customer Racing teams should actually have been in action around the world for a number of weeks already. However, the global coronavirus pandemic has meant a longer winter break than anticipated. In a new series, we report on how the BMW M Customer Racing teams have spent this enforced break and how they have prepared for the start of their racing series in these unusual times. First up is Borusan Otomotiv Motorsport from Istanbul.
The team was founded in 2008 by Borusan Otomotiv, the distributor of BMW in Turkey, with the aim to contribute to the development of motorsports in Turkey and to represent Turkey abroad. It is headed by Project Manager Hakan Tiftik, Team Director İbrahim Okyay, Team Manager Ahmet Köseleci and Team Coordinator Elif Tanca. Borusan Otomotiv Motorsport competes in the GT4 European Series and will enter two BMW M4 GT4s in the series in 2020. İbrahim Okyay, Levent Kocabıyık and Fatih Ayhan will be racing in the Amateur category, while Yağız Gedik and Cem Bölükbaşı will be team-mates in the Pro-Am category. The team will also be present in the Turkish Circuit Championship. In an interview, Team Manager Ahmet Köseleci discusses the past few weeks, preparations, and the goals for this season.