Great start for the Spaniard of Kurdish ancestry in the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo as he came fifth driving the Leipert Motorsport´s Lamborghini Huracán shared with Austria´s Gerhard Tweraser. It was a brilliant result taking into account Tweraser was given a drive-through penalty following an incident with another car in the first half of the race.
Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo´s season opener ended with a sweet taste in his mouth for Isaac Tutumlu, making his debut in the series with Leipert Motorsport and teaming up with Austrian Gerhard Tweraser, who hal plenty of experience with the Italian GT cars. On Friday Tutumlu could not carry out his testing program but Leipert Motorsport worked on the “Hurricane” to fix some mechanical issues and the car was ready for action today. In fact, Tutumlu finished in the top-ten in Q2 this morning.
Saturday´s race was underway at 16.30 with Tweraser making the opening stint and starting from fourth on the grid. At the beginning he was running 4th behind the leaders but unfortunately, after clashing with another car, the Austrian was handed a drive-through penalty. Gerhard still managed to gain some pace before pitting and handing over the Lamborghini to Tutumlu. The Spaniard proved his skills immediately after getting in the car and, despite his inexperience with this GT, overtook several rivals. Finally from 12th he moved up to 5th during his stint, finishing behind some Lamborghini factory drivers.
“Our race was not bad at all under the circumstances. IT was such a pity we lost 30 seconds due to drive-through penalty, but our effort paid off finishing in the top-5. After putting some experience under my belt in qualifying this morning, I felt more comfortable later in the race”, Tutumlu remarks, underlining that “my lap times were pretty similar to those set by Kujala or Niederhauser y my fastest lap was only four tenths slower than Gerahrd´s one. And tire degradation was quite high during my stint, so I´m quite happy with my performance. We still have another race tomorrow, and we will try to improve”.
Race two starts at 11.35
Source: Isaac Tutumlu/Photo: Sportscar Racing News/John Patterson