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Turkish delight for Tahincioglu 12 Aug 2005

Jason Tahincioglu (TUR) meets two Metro City girls. Istanbul Prepares for Formula One, Istanbul, Turkey, 20 June 2004. World ©  Sutton

Jordan have announced that Jason Tahincioglu, the first Turkish driver to drive a Formula One car, will perform a demonstration run in the Jordan-Toyota EJ15 in front of his home crowd at next week’s inaugural Turkish Grand Prix.

Tahincioglu, who currently competes in the Formula Renault British Championship with Team JLR, recently enjoyed his first taste of Formula One power in a preparatory shakedown at Silverstone courtesy of Jordan. The Turkish driver took the opportunity to familiarise himself with the car and was impressed with the experience.

"My initial thoughts were that the car was quite impressive," he said. "I was amazed at how different it was from anything I had ever driven before. Obviously after a few runs, you get used to the speed and the braking."

With 13races down and only six left as the Formula One circus heads to Istanbul and what is Formula One’s newest circuit, Tahincioglu was obviously excited by the prospect of running in front of the Turkish crowd.

"Having a Turkish driver driving a Formula One car on his home track is what the Turkish people and fans dream of seeing," he added. "It will be a great buzz and I am hoping that I, along with Jordan Grand Prix put on a good show."

Tahincioglu won’t be the only driver making his Formula One debut at the Turkish Grand Prix either, as earlier this week Minardi confirmed that the Italian Enrico Toccacelo has become the team's official Friday test and reserve driver. Friday Practice at Istanbul Park will represent a new challenge for all the drivers as they acquaint themselves with the 5.378 kilometre track for the first time.