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Isaac Tutumlu Forced to Withdraw in Abu Dhabi
Posted by: newsla on Dec 13, 2013 - 04:45 PM
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Isaac Tutumlu Forced to Withdraw in Abu Dhabi

Engine problems in the rhino´s Leipert Motorsport Lamborghini Gallardo FL2 GT3 prevented him to participate in the Gulf 12 hours. Despite the team worked courageously to fix it, the Spanish driver of Kurdish heritage wasn´t able to start the race. Now he is already focused on his next mammoth event: 24 hours of Daytona.


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Isaac Tutumlu, Barzani Racing Team driver, terminated his participation in the Gulf 12 hours even before starting, as his car suffered severe engine problems and he was not able to compete in this race taking place at the luxurious Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. Tutumlu was sharing a rhino´s Leipert Motorsport Lamborghini Gallardo FL2 GT3 with two Germans, Fabian Hamprecht and Patrick Kaiser. Despite the driver of Kurdish ancestry was a debutant in the car, he was the fastest for the team before long, on used tires and having a large scope for improvement. But the aforementioned engine problems prevented them from taking part in the qualifying session and in today´s race.

“In the first free test session I was improving my adaptation but we managed to make some useful changes to the settings, so we improved more than a second next day. It is important to note my fastest lap, among top five drivers, was set overtaking other cars and on used tires. In fact Fabian, who has competed the entire season with this car, could not improve my lap on new tires”, Tutumlu explained. But, just before the final practice session, the Kurdish driver pointed out that “our team noticed a severe engine problem. It was not broken by then, but it would break later. So Leipert contacted with Lamborghini in Italy to bring a new engine on time for the race from Italy. But it was impossible owing to logistical constraints, so retiring from the race was our only option. As if it was not enough, our team manager had serious health problems. Now he looks a bit better and I would like to wish him a speedy recovery. At a personal level I am completely focused on the 24 hours of Daytona, such a great event. I am looking forward to debuting at the wheel of the Starworks Motorsport Prototype next month. It is a dream coming true”.

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