The series Letters to Tansu by journalist and writer Ertuğrul Özkök continues… Ertuğrul Özkök wrote about the success of national athlete Cem Bölükbaşı in Monaco, the 5th stage of the Formula 2 World Championship:
“I am writing this message from Monaco. I am here to watch the Monaco Grand Prix, one of the most traditional and important Formula 1 races in the world.
I had no interest in this sport until the Formula 1 race held in Istanbul last year. I became addicted to this sport after going to the Istanbul race at the insistence of my granddaughter Zeynep Saatçi, who is a great expert in Formula 1.
THE TIRE CHANGE DECISION IS NOT JUST A TIRE
This sport is not only a car race, it also expresses the intelligence of the drivers, their ability to control, incredible mathematics and tactics, the effect of coincidences, the notion of timing and the decision to change tires .
There is another incredible and digital technique behind it…
Once a person gazes with this eye, they cannot let go.
These races take place on two levels.
One is Formula 1 and the other is Formula 2, where young drivers compete.
WHAT HAPPENED THIS MORNING IN THE RACE
The second Formula 2 race took place this morning and it’s over. In this race, we witnessed the birth of a young Turkish star in motorsport.
He is only 24 years old and this is his first race in Monegasque Formula 2.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO GO TO THE FRONT OF 9 ROWS HERE?
It is a track that is considered the most difficult track in the world.
In town, the land is so narrow that it is very difficult to pass the car in front.
In other words, those who start the race first are the most likely to finish first.
Positioning is a lot.
This morning, Cem started in 20th position and finished in 11th position.
In other words, after 42 laps, 9 positions were advancing on this difficult track, where it is very difficult for a car to pass.
No one had gained more places in the whole race than him.
MOST COMPETITORS HAVE AT LEAST THREE FIFTH RACES
Also, a lot of the competitors ahead of him were very experienced names racing at this track for the third or fifth time.
Yes, Cem Bölükbaşı has achieved this and brought a new star to Turkish sport, which is developing in all fields, in a very difficult field like the automobile.
We watched both races with Cem’s mum and dad.
I watched their excitement as much as the race.
I saw what kind of maternal and paternal support is behind this success.
BECOME THE FIRST FORMULA E-SPORTS DRIVER
Cem started the Monaco race in the simulator.
Cem had his first success in E-Sport. I mean, on the computer. He became world champion in e-Sports racing and then moved on to Formula.
Cem is the first driver to come to these major global car races from simulator racing called e-Sports.
Moreover, his team in Formula is one of the teams with the fewest opportunities in Formula 2.
In addition, a rise of 9 places during the first Monegasque race.
WHY DO I HAVE TO GIVE THE NAMES OF THESE COMPANIES?
Before the Monaco race, some organizations and companies in Turkey gave him great support.
President Erdogan encouraged him by inviting him to his table during his trip to Dubai.
Of course, there is the Ministry of Youth and Sports-TOSFEO, Turkey’s promotion agency Go Turkey.
Please don’t criticize it as an advertisement or anything like that. I will write the companies that support it one by one.
Because I want other companies to knit and support young Turkish athletes.
Borusan Otomotiv, Icrypex, Accor hotel chain, Rixos, MESA Zorlu Energy, Kuzu Group, Gentaş-Neogen and CK Architecture…
Thank you all.
With these endorsements, they have provided support that will place Turkey in the A league in the automotive field, which is one of the fastest growing sports worldwide.
THIS MEANS A YOUTH CAN COME TO THE FORMULA OF YOZGAT
Cem Bölükbaşı is a child who can be a role model for millions of young people in Turkey.
Because he started this sport with Playstation. I mean, on the computer.
This means that a young person from Yozgat can also start this sport.
In fact, interest in Bölükbaşı is growing rapidly.
FOLLOWERS ON INSTAGRAM HAVE INCREASED FROM 10,000 TO 380,000
The number of subscribers on Instagram, which was 10,000 at the beginning, has reached 380,000.
I’m sure the success of Monaco will further increase that.
Maybe the Kimbis will release a Lewis Hamilton and a Max Werstappen in Turkey in the near future.
CAN A HOTEL TAKING 400 EUROS PER NIGHT BE 30 THOUSAND EUROS FOR THREE DAYS?
The Monaco Grand Prix brings more than 100 million euros to the economy of this small country in 3 days…
You will not believe it, but a 3-day package for hotels that costs 400 euros per night rises to 25-30 thousand euros.
For the first time in Monaco, Cem showed the world that there is Turkish youth in this sport.
I’m sure more are to come…
This is why I wrote this article with great enthusiasm and pride.
As a journalist, I am happy that you have learned by the announcement of this success in Turkey.