Nicholas Jon Yelloly, better known as NickYelloly, is a British racing driver who began his career in the single-seaters but later switched to sportscars.
He achieved his greatest results in recent years, finishing as a runner-up in the 2017 Porsche Carrera Cup Germany and then again as a runner-up in the 2018 Porsche Supercup. In 2019, he became a Chinese GT champion with BMW.
Beginning of the racing career
He was born in December 1990 in the town of Stafford in the West Midlands and like almost every professional driver, Nick began his career in karting. At the age of 14, Yelloly began to compete at the national level and until 2008 he progressed through the ranks. His best result was the 8th place in the Super 1 National KF1 Championship in 2008.
The same year Nick debuted in the British Formula Renault 2.0 Winter Series which was a good preparation for the following season. During Winter Series, Yelloly raced for Fortec Competition and scored points in all four races.
Two seasons in British Formula Renault
In 2009, Yelloly drove British Formula Renault as a member of Hitech Junior Team but it wasn’t an impressive season as he finished 19th overall. He stayed with the team in 2010 and did much better. Nick won the heat 1 of the final round at Brands Hatch starting from pole position, had other two podiums and two fastest laps before finishing 7th in the championship.
Yelloly during his British Formula Renault days
In 2010, Nick also drove one round of Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup Series but he failed to impress because he didn't finish in top 10 in both races at Hungaroring.
Formula Renault 3.5 Series career
From 2011 to 2014 Yelloly shared his duties between Formula Renault 3.5 and GP3 Series. He had many ups and downs during that period but his progress was evident.
Nick Yelloly, Formula Renault 3.5 Series
In 2011 Formula Renault 3.5, Yelloly entered only six races and scored one podium finish. The following year he was driving full time for Comtec Racing and finished 5th overall with two wins (Aragon and Nurburgring) out of 17 races. He also finished 2nd at Silverstone and Monza. In 2013, the British driver entered only the race at Monza and, finally, his last outing was in 2015 when he drove the Silverstone round with Lotus team.
GP3 Series days
The GP3 Series was more important to the Stafford-born driver. His rookie season wasn’t impressive as he needed more time to settle. However, the 3rd place at Silverstone was the highlight of the season. He ended the season at 21st place. The things improved in 2013 when he drove for Carlin Motorsport. Nick moved up to the 7th place overall after scoring four podiums – at Silverstone, Nurburgring, Monza, and Abu Dhabi. Finally, the season of 2014, when he drove for Status Grand Prix, was his best in the GP3 Series. He won the season-closing event at Yas Marina Circuit, finished 2nd at Silverstone and Hungaroring, while at Spa, Nick took the 3rd place. At the end of the season, with 127 points in his books, Yelloly took the 6th place.
Nick Yelloly, GP3 Series, Silverstone, 2011
Unsuccessful try in GP2 Series
In 2015, Nick entered the GP2 Series as a driver of Hilmer Motorsport. He missed the opening round in Bahrain and debuted in the second round at Catalunya Circuit. In the next round in Monaco, Yelloly had the fastest lap in the feature race and that was his best achievement during the short spell in the series. He picked points in four out of 12 races. The team left the competition three rounds before the end of the season in which he finished in 19th place.
Nick Yelloly, Hilmer Motorsport, 2015 GP2 Series
Porsche Carrera Cup vice-champion for two years in a row
Yelloly left formula racing and in 2016 he switched to sports car racing. The new destination was Porsche Carrera Cup Germany and he signed with reputable team Deutsche Post by Project 1. His rookie season was pretty good after he had two podiums and a total of 161 points which was enough for the 6th place in the championship. Nick also debuted in the Porsche Supercup. He drove in the 4th round of the season at Silverstone and he finished in 5th place.
In 2017, Yelloly was a race winner three in the German Carrera Cup and he finished second in the points, behind Dennis Olsen.
Next year, he moved to the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup, scoring two wins with Fach Auto Tech team and finishing second in the points.
Nick Yelloly competed in Porsche one-make series from 2016 to 2018
BMW factory driver from 2019
The big change happened in 2019 when Yelloly joined BMW Motorsport as factory driver in GT races. He was driving a BMW M6 GT3 in different GT competitions with different customer teams.
His greatest success was the championship title in the Chinese GT Championship with Fist Team AAi.