Yelmer Evert Buurman Frans (born 19 February 1987 in Ubbergen ) is a Dutch racing driver.
Buurman began his motorsport career in karting. In 2002 he made his debut in Formula racing and finished 20th in the German Formula König. Then he drove from 2003 to 2005 in the UK, Dutch, European and American Formula Renault. In the British winter series 2003, he began a four-year collaboration with the team Fortec Motorsport. His greatest successes were two third places in the Drivers' Championship: 2003 in the British winter series and 2004 in the Dutch series. In 2005, he finished with three wins fifth overall in the British Formula Renault
After two races in 2005 in the British Formula 3 Championship Burmann 2006, entered in this race series at the start and achieved two wins fourth place. After he had already gone this year four races for Fortec in the Formula 3 Euro Series, 2007, he moved to the team Manor Motorsport, to go further in the Formula 3 Euro Series at the start. At season's end, he finished sixth. Started in 2007 Buurman for Fortec also in four races in the World Series by Renault to replace the injured Richard Philippe. On the second race weekend he finished fifth and fourth in the two races held.
2008 Buurman drove in the inaugural spring GP2 Asia Series for the team Arden International. Originally, the Pakistanis Adam Khan should go for Arden in the GP2 Asia Series. However, Khan decided to focus on the A1 Grand Prix and his studies and was therefore replaced by the second race weekend by Buurman. Although he thus could only participate in six of the ten races driven, managed the Dutchman to win the ninth place in the overall standings. In the subsequent season of European GP2 series Buurman stayed at Arden International. The Dutchman could not keep up with his team-mate Sébastien Buemi and achieve only once in second points at most races. At the middle of the season he was replaced by Luca Filippi. In the overall classification, he finished 20th place. Then he started for assisted by Azerti Motorsport team of PSV Eindhoven in the Superleague Formula and won the only driver of the team, the runner-up. He was, among other things his compatriot Robert Doornbos behind.
In the 2008/2009 GP2 Asia Series season Buurman came as a surprise for use: After the sale of BCN Competición to Tiago Monteiro Buurman started from the second race weekend for the newly formed Ocean Racing Technology team. On the last race weekend of the Dutchman was replaced by Karun Chandhok and finished at the end of season 19th overall. He then returned to the Superleague Formula and denied the entire season for the team coached by Zakspeed for RSC Anderlecht. Buurman scored a victory and his team finished the season fourth overall. For the third race weekend of the GP2 Asia Series season 2009/2010 Buurman returned to Ocean Racing Technology, finishing at the end of the season 21 overall. 2010 started Buurman in the Superleague Formula for assisted by Atech Grand Prix team of AC Milan. He chose two races for himself and was once Weekend Winner. His team finished the season ranked fifth in the championship. After the season Buurman completed his first Formula 1 test for Force India.