Champion Piana joins Borusan Otomotiv’s two-car attack

Champion Piana joins Borusan Otomotiv’s two-car attack

Borusan Otomotiv Motorsport will return to field two cars in this year’s championship, with one featuring reigning GT4 European Series Powered by RAFA Racing Club champion Gabriele Piana.

The Turkish team has become a fan favourite across recent seasons, with its twin bright-blue BMWs regularly fighting for the tops spots. This year will mark Borusan’s seventh consecutive GT4 European Series campaign running BMWs, and the team has gone all-out to finally land the championship.

Key to that will be the combination of reigning champion Piana alongside the team’s regular title challenger Berkay Besler in the first Silver entry. Alongside them, Yağiz Gedik will also continue with the team, and will share the second Silver entry with promising young Brazilian driver Pedro Ebrahim.

Italian driver Piana has enjoyed a stunning GT4 career so far. Having celebrated the ADAC GT4 Germany Championship in 2021 he made the full-time switch into the GT4 European Series last year, winning three times overall to claim the Silver Championship at his first attempt with Hofor Racing by Bonk Motorsport. He’s also been a class-winner in the Nürburgring 24 Hours multiple times.

Besler has been a star of recent GT4 Europe seasons. Since making his debut in the championship back in 2021 he;s gone on to score 10 podium finishes and claimed his breakthrough overall race win last year at Misano. He finished third in the 2023 championship points and will be aiming even higher alongside Piana.

Gedik has raced with the Borusan team since 2017 and has achieved considerable success both domestically in Turkey and also in Europe. Champion in the 2017 Turkish Track Super Group Championship, he also finished second in the 2020 GT4 European Series Pro-Am standings.

His new team-mate will be one to watch. Brazilian driver Ebrahim started his career when he was 11, winning his first karting championship at just 13. He then went on to finish third in NASCAR Brazil when he was still just 15. Last year he raced a modified Ginetta LMP3 in the Brazilian Endurance Championship and secured a top-10 finish in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe points. He will make his GT4 European Series debut this year. 

Borusan Otomotiv Motorsport team principal Ahmet Köseleci said: “We are very proud to have kept Berkay, who has been part of the BOM family for many years and has grown with us to become a very promising driver. Together we have added one of the reigning champions in Gabriele, whose record and experience speaks for itself creating one of the strongest line ups in the championship.

“We are very happy to work with Yağız again, continuing our good relationship and we are very excited by the prospect of Pedro. Together we have the perfect balance of youth, speed and experience and are very excited by their potential.”