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Hard-Fought Podium For Isaac Tutumlu On Sunday
Posted by: newsla on Jul 21, 2014 - 03:32 PM
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Hard-Fought Podium For Isaac Tutumlu On Sunday


The Spanish driver of Kurdish descent claimed a third place finish at the end of the second race held at Silverstone by the International GT Open. Tutumlu has captured his fourth podium in the series this season. Now the driver and the Barzani Racing Team approach a well-deserved holiday.

 

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The work that has been carried out by Isaac Tutumlu and Selleslagh Racing Team from Thursday through Sunday finally yielded fruits. Tutumlu and his teammate Archie Hamilton have managed to finish on the podium at the wheel of the Chevrolet Corvette C6/ZR1.

Tutumlu, after a difficult qualifying session taking into account that the American muscle car is slightly less competitive in wet than in dry conditions, started 10th on the grid. But quickly he set the pace, even when he lost some places on the first lap to avoid a clash with other cars. After fifteen minutes, Tutumlu was already running in 6th place, as he overtook Francesco Pastorelli and Aditya Patel among others. The Belgian squad decided to pit earlier than expected in order to pass Federico Leo and Matteo Beretta. Tutumlu had caught them but it was better to choose this strategy and pass both cars in the pit stops. And it worked out so well that when Hamilton was back on track, the Briton was 2nd. Later in the race Hamilton was overtaken by Darren Turner, a factory Aston Martin driver, driving a TF Racing V12 GT3. But on the whole today´s podium together with a fourth place in race one is a good result, and now Tutumlu reaches the summer break sitting 5th overall.

"This podium feels so good! We started from the back because the qualifying session was quite difficult due to rain. Although I lost some places on lap one, my race pace was good enough and I was able to overtook several cars and getting closer to the leaders at the same time", the driver of the yellow Chevrolet explains. "We decided to pit a lit earlier, because it was the best choice to pass the Porsche and the Ferrari ahead, without losing time. We didn´t change the tires when pitted, because we thought it was the correct strategy. Although tire wear was important at the end, my teammate could finish third. Turner passed him, but he is a factory driver, who knows this track perfectly and his team, TF Racing, tested here before. Last but not least the Aston Martin was making its debut and didn´t carry extra-weight or something like that. We still have six races, with our next stop at Spa-Francorchamps. We will keep fighting for the title there".

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