When the Spaniard of Kurdish heritage was running fifth, Italy´s Di Folco hit him from behind with only three laps to go. The accident caused damage to the rear and Tutumlu had to retire from the race. It is significant that Tutumlu was the fastest driver when the race was coming to an end.
Isaac Tutumlu could not repeat in Race 2 his previous result on Saturday when, on his debut in the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo, came 5th with the car of Leipert Motorsport shared with Gerhard Tweraser.
The race got underway with rain threat and Tweraser making the opening stint in the Lamborghini Huracán LP 620-2. On lap one, from 10th on the starting grid, the Austrian racer moved up to 8th, behind the race leaders. Tweraser had a close call with Florian Spengler spun in front of him but avoided any incident. Heading into the pits, the car racing under the Leipert Motorsport banner was 6th as other cars pitted earlier and Tweraser handing over to Tutumlu. The Barcelona-born driver rejoined the track and immediately emerged as the fastest man on track as raindrops fell. Tutumlu was 5th when, with three laps to go, Alberto Di Folco was battling with Tutumlu when the Kurdish was hit by the young Italian driver. As a result, Tutumlu had to retire from the race with finish line in sight.lei
“It was such a pity because we almost achieved another great result on our debut. This championship includes several high-profile drivers and it is never easy to be competitive. Gerhard made a solid start, behind the leaders before pitting. My stint was extremely tough, because track conditions were difficult due to raindrops falling. But we couldn´t switch to wet tires, because rain wasn´t enough either”, Tutumlu commented afterwards. The driver of Leipert added “our car experienced ABS issues and I lapped slower from then on. Di Folco caught me and when I was on the inside, missed his braking point and hit me from behind. It forced us to retire”.
The Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo resumes at Paul Ricard on 19-21 June.
Source. Isaac Tutumlu/Photo. Sportscar Racing News/John Patterson