Jason Tahincioğlu

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Jason Tahincioglu
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Nationality Turkish
Born (1983-10-29) 29 October 1983 (age 33)
Bristol (United Kingdom)
GP2 Series career
Debut season 2006
Current team FMS International
Starts 40
Wins 0
Poles 0
Fastest laps 0
Best finish 30th in 2006
Previous series
2003–2005 British Formula Renault

Jason Tahincioğlu pronounced [tahindʒioːɫu]; also called Jason Tahinci; born 29 October 1983 in Bristol, United Kingdom) is a Turkish auto racing driver born into a car racing family.

Career[edit]

Tahincioğlu started driving mini kart at the age of six. In 1990, he debuted in kart racing. From 1991 on, he became champion in mini kart racing for four successive years. Tahincioğlu moved up then in 1995 to Promo kart series and became second after his elder sister Raina Tahincioğlu. The next year, he went to the Netherlands to participate at the championships there and became 5th among 24 drivers. Returned to Turkey, Tahincioğlu became champion in Promo series in the years 1997 and 1998. During this time, he participated also at the European Junior championships. He moved to Super kart category and became champion in 1999 and 2000. Tahincioğlu ended his kart racing career with 8 Turkish champion titles.[1]

Tahincioğlu experienced the taste of driving a Formula Three racing car first time on his birthday in 1998 as a gift from his father Mümtaz Tahincioğlu, long-time president of Turkish Motorsports Federation (TOSFED) and FIA Council Member.[2] In 2000, he debuted in the Turkish Formula Three Championship and finished in second place. In 2001, he did not race to finish high school. Since 2002, he competed in the British Formula Renault[1][3] championship finishing 20th in 2005. In August 2005, Jason Tahincioğlu became the first ever Turkish racer to drive a Formula One car when he completed test runs for Jordan Grand Prix on a Toyota TF105 at the Silverstone Circuit.[2]

In 2006, Tahincioğlu became team-mate of Italian Luca Filippi in the GP2 team FMS International,[4] which was formed in 2005 by the Formula One driver Giancarlo Fisichella, and is being sponsored by the Turkish gasoline company Petrol Ofisi.[5] Despite scoring no points, he was retained for 2007.

In 2006 he also raced in the Turkish leg of the World Series by Renault. He competed in both races in the 3.5 class.

For the 2008 season, he competed for the BCN Competicion team in the GP2 Asia Series.[6] In the same year, he was also a test driver for the Galatasaray team in the inaugural Superleague Formula season, having revealed he was a lifelong fan of Galatasaray.[7]

Tahincioğlu was educated in automotive engineering at the University of Bath in England.[1][8]

Racing record[edit]

Complete GP2 Series results[edit]

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

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 DC Points
2006 FMS International VAL
FEA

Ret
VAL
SPR

Ret
IMO
FEA

Ret
IMO
SPR

Ret
NÜR
FEA

DNS
NÜR
SPR

18
CAT
FEA

15
CAT
SPR

19
MON
FEA

Ret
SIL
FEA

13
SIL
SPR

16
MAG
FEA

Ret
MAG
SPR

17
HOC
FEA

17
HOC
SPR

17
HUN
FEA

Ret
HUN
SPR

14
IST
FEA

17
IST
SPR

17
MNZ
FEA

11
MNZ
SPR

13
30th 0
2007 FMS International BHR
FEA

Ret
BHR
SPR

13
CAT
FEA

DNS
CAT
SPR

Ret
MON
FEA

Ret
MAG
FEA

15
MAG
SPR

18
SIL
FEA

19
SIL
SPR

16
NÜR
FEA

17
NÜR
SPR

19
HUN
FEA

Ret
HUN
SPR

11
IST
FEA

14
IST
SPR

Ret
MNZ
FEA

11
MNZ
SPR

20
SPA
FEA

14
SPA
SPR

20
VAL
FEA

13
VAL
SPR

Ret
33rd 0

Complete GP2 Asia Series results[edit]

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

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 DC Points
2008 BCN Competicion DUB
FEA

19
DUB
SPR

16
SEN
FEA

Ret
SEN
SPR

17
SEP
FEA

12
SEP
SPR

Ret
BHR
FEA

17
BHR
SPR

13
DUB
FEA

9
DUB
SPR

8
22nd 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Soykan, Timur (19 August 2003). "Doğuştan 'Formula'cı". Radikal (in Turkish). Retrieved 19 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Zabcı, Faruk (10 August 2005). "F1'in ilk Türk test pilotu". Hürriyet (in Turkish). Retrieved 19 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "İşte bizim Schumi". Sabah (in Turkish). 22 November 2002. Retrieved 19 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "Jason arabanın hakkını veremedi". Sabah (in Turkish). 9 April 2006. Retrieved 19 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "Jason Tahincioğlu'nun şanssızlığı". Hürriyet (in Turkish). 26 August 2006. Retrieved 19 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "Jason Tahincioğlu, Competicion'la anlaştı". Hürriyet (in Turkish). 18 January 2008. Retrieved 19 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "Yarış Arabamızın Testleri Başladı!" (in Turkish). Galatasaray Spor Kulübü. 20 July 2008. Retrieved 19 September 2013. 
  8. ^ "Press Release-17 August 2005 Student on work placement to become first Turkish Formula One racing car driver". University of Bath. Retrieved 21 September 2010. 

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