1401, 2019

Isaac Tutumlu makes debut podium with GIAND cars in Andorra

The Spaniard finished third in the GS2 class with the GIAND car of PCR Sport. Tutumlu’s quick adaptation to ice racing saw him battling with the front-runners of the Crèdit Andorrà GSeries.

Isaac Tutumlu completed a positive debut in the Crèdit Andorrà GSeries, the ice racing championship taking place at the Circuit de Andorra – Pas de la Casa. Tutumlu’s adaptation to ice racing resulted extremely fast at the wheel of the PCR Sport-run GIAND car, which was entered in the GS2 class, and with a solid entry list consisting of experienced drivers such as Ferrán Pujol, Gerard de la Casa or Alberto Llovera.

In the free practice session the Spaniard was 4th-fastest with a lap time of 50.422. But Lady Luck wasn’t on his side heading into qualifying when accelerator issues prevented him from completing more than 3 laps. Tutumlu still secured the 6th-fastest qualifying time and, just before the Finals, the driver of PCR Sport finished 5th in the 5-lap Super Especial. Tutumlu took part in the B Final in which, after a small problem at the start, he secured a podium finish in third.

“Ice racing provided me a funny and thrilling experience! It was a positive first outing in ice racing and, despite it isn’t easy at all, I was able to drive at a quick pace. I finished 3rd in the free practice session, a mere second behind the fastest driver. Not bad for a debutant. Later n qualifying I could complete only three laps due to accelerator issues, and no one was particularly brilliant. I still secured third on the grid” explained Tutumlu. He added: “due to my inexperience, I stalled at the start as I was told to use second gear as a result of snow and ice on the track. But I still managed to put a recovery drive and took the checkered flag in third place. A podium finish in the GS2 class… not a bad debut for a newcomer!”

1009, 2018

Isaac Tutumlu fights back to take top-ten finish in Barcelona

Two punctures in the first two hours dropped the Car Collection Motorsport-run Audi R8 LMS to last place but Tutumlu and his teammates Çapan, Pareras, Aust and Autumn made it into the top-ten and fifth in A6-Am class at the end of the 24 hours of Barcelona.

Isaac Tutumlu has achieved a positive result during the Barcelona 24 hours taking place this weekend. The Spaniard shared the Car Collection Motorsport Audi R8 LMS with Ali Çapan, Iván Pareras, Stefan Aust and Alex Autumn and initial prospects looked excellent in A6-Am class. Tutumlu proved to be correct when the Barcelona native posted the quickest lap in free practice. Tutumlu also clocked the provisional pole position but track conditions improved at the end after he handed over to Pareras, who qualified the car in fifth place with his lap time of 1:46.335.

The 24-hour race started at noon with Pareras moving up to third in the first laps. Unfortunately, a first puncture forced Pareras to make an unscheduled pit stop losing many positions. A second one took much longer – up to 30 minutes- to be repaired as caused extensive damage. But it was the turning point. Car Collection Motorsport managed to put in a recovery drive peaking when Tutumlu made his first stint in the evening. The Spaniard immediately posted the fastest lap of his car and gained more than fifteen places. His stints at night were another highlight of the race improving his previous fastest lap time. Tutumlu also completed the last stint to bring a tenth place finish home and fifth in class.

“The race required a lot of effort because we needed to fight back from the very beginning to the very end. We still don’t know why we suffered two punctures but particularly the second one costed loads of time repairing bodywork damage and other issues including ABS” explained Tutumlu. “I made my first stint in the evening but of course my key role for Car Collection was at night thanks to my experience. I was the fastest driver on track during my night stints. Without both punctures I believe we could have won our class. I would like to highlight Ali’s progress throughout the season, he has made huge improvement since Dubai.  Iván also performed extremely well in his first race in a GT3 car. Last but not least, I would like to congratulate Car Collection because we had a very competitive race car during the weekend” added the Barcelona native.

2908, 2018

Isaac Tutumlu returns to Barcelona 24 hours with Audi

After a long summer break, the season resumes with the Barcelona native heading into his home race: the Barcelona 24 hours. Tutumlu will drive a Car Collection Motorsport-run Audi R8 LMS with teammates Çapan, Pareras, Aust and Autumn

Isaac Tutumlu will participate in the 24 hours of Barcelona, which will have a truly international flavor as the GT3 cars are back after their absence in 2017. The Barcelona marathon is a truly special race for Tutumlu as it’s his home race on the calendar. Besides, the race counts towards the 24H GT Series and there are over fifty cars on the entry list. Tutumlu will be behind the wheel of a Car Collection Motorsport-entered Audi R8 LMS with Turkish Ali Çapan, Spaniard Iván Pareras and German Stefan Aust and Alex Autumn as teammates.

“I love to contest the Barcelona 24 hours because it’s just a few kilometers away from my home. I participated twice, my first one was more than ten years ago when I drove a Mazda RX-8.  It was my first outing at a 24-hour event. Then I drove a Lamborghini Super Trofeo three years ago and we won our class. It was such a milestone because it was the first endurance event for a Lamborghini car and it was its first triumph as well. So, we have excellent memories!” explains Tutumlu. The local favorite adds: “relatives and friends will attend the race supporting me. I’m looking forward to repeating a win in Barcelona. It was slightly different because I’m now driving an Audi R8 LMS in A6-Am class instead. I think my experience will be key for my teammates, specially Ali, and Car Collection Motorsport because I raced more than 20 events at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Last but not least, I’m also targeting a good result for Audi España, because I’m a brand ambassador for them. There are several factors making this race so special!”

The Barcelona 24 hours will take place on September 8-9.

2304, 2018

Isaac Tutumlu takes fourth place finish at Navarra 12h

Spaniard Tutumlu delivered another strong performance in the Car Collection Motorsport-entered Audi R8 LMS shared with Ali Çapan, Dirg Parhofer and Peter Schmidt. The four drivers brought fourth place home in A6-Am class and ranked 8th overall. Tutumlu drove almost six of the 12 hours of racing.

Isaac Tutumlu achieved a positive result at Circuito de Navarra’s 12 hours, which was held in Los Arcos and counted towards the 24H GT Series. Tutumlu drove for Car Collection Motorsport once again sharing an Audi R8 LMS with Turkish Ali Çapan and German racers Dirg Parhofer and Peter Schmidt.

Tutumlu was in the top-three both in private testing and free practice and qualified 3rd in A6-Am class with a lap time of 1m39.949s. Besides, Tutumlu lined up seventh overall on the starting grid. The 12-hour race, which was split in two parts – 3 hours on Saturday and 9 hours on Sunday-, saw Parhofer completing the first stint before handing over to Tutumlu. The Barcelona native moved into fourth in class and fifth overall, going a lap down in the overall rankings. The remaining nine hours took place on Sunday and Tutumlu and his teammates finished fourth in class and 8th overall. Tutumlu drove almost six of the 12 hours of racing and showed genuine pace lapping in the 1:41s despite a 60-kilogram handicap heavier than other cars.

“I’m pleased with our result. It was a trouble-free race and our Car Collection Motorsport Audi went like a clockwork. I tried my best to help my Bronze-categorized teammates to achieve a good classification. In this regard I’m extremely happy with Ali, because he is making steady, quick progress in terms of performance. So, my coaching is working perfectly with him”, explains Tutumlu. The Spanish driver adds: “I would like to mention that some BoP changes should be made ahead of Imola, as Mercedes and their cars were too much quicker than us. They were creating a lot of torque, gaining five or seven tenths in comparison with us on the main straight. In fact, their amateur drivers were as fast as professional drivers of Porsche, Ferrari and Audi.”

1804, 2018

Isaac Tutumlu to contest Navarra 12-hour race

Spaniard Isaac Tutumlu will take part in second European 24H GT Series race, which is to be held at the Circuito de Navarra in Los Arcos. Tutumlu will team up with Aly Çapan, Peter Schmidt and Dirg Parhofer in a Car Collection Motorsport-entered Audi R8 LMS. The 12-hour race starts at noon and ends at midnight Sunday.

Isaac Tutumlu heads to Los Arcos (Spain) to race another round counting towards the 24H GT Series: the 12 hours of Navarra. The Circuito de Navarra hosts the next round of the Pan-European series marking Tutumlu’s debut in Los Arcos. Tutumlu will share the car with Turkish Aly Çapan and German racers Dirg Parhofer and Peter Schmidt, three Gentlemen drivers with whom the Spanish driver expects to achieve a positive result in A6-Am class. The four-driver line up will drive a Car Collection-run Audi R8 LMS. Tutumlu already delivered a strong performance at Silverstone 12 hour event fighting with factory-backed drivers such as Rik Breukers, Matteo Malucelli or Robert Renauer.

“I’m delighted racing at Navarra circuit. It’s one of two races in Spain, for sure an extra motivation for a Spaniard. Besides, it will be my first time competing there. I think this track is the only one in my country in which I have no previous experience, which is another incentive. I was told Navarra is a technically demanding circuit and an enjoyable venue with nice surroundings. I’m looking forward to start racing!” explains Tutumlu. He underlines: “I will be driving the Audi R8 LMS of Car Collection Motorsport once again with Aly, Peter and Dirg, three Bronze-categorized drivers. My goal, as a professional racing driver, is to help them having a competitive car. I want to make my teammates feel comfortable, improving their performance as much as possible in order to achieve a positive result.”

Almost a 30 car field is ready to race with GT3 machinery having the most significant role. The schedule is quite new for this round. Friday is devoted to private testing with a free practice session on Saturday morning. Qualifying is scheduled at 15.30 (CET) and a final night practice session will take place in the late evening hours. The 12 hours of Navarra starts at noon and ends at midnight Sunday, which will add extra charm to the event.

1103, 2018

Isaac Tutumlu shines despite set-back in Silverstone 12h

Spaniard Tutumlu delivered another strong performance despite his Silverstone 12-hour race came to an early end following clutch issues in his Car Collection Motorsport Audi R8 LMS. Tutumlu took the A6 Am lead both days kept in battling with factory drivers of Ferrari, Lamborghini or Porsche such as Matteo Malucelli, Rik Breukers and Robert Renauer.

Isaac Tutumlu couldn’t finish the Silverstone 12h race, second event of the 24H GT Series, but Spaniard’s performance highlighted his talent and showed excellent form in GT3 racing. Tutumlu, teaming up with Aly Çapan, Dimitri Parhofer and Jason Baker in a Car Collection Motorsport-entered Audi R8 LMS, set the pace both race days in A6 Am class and overall.

On Friday, Tutumlu and his teammates clocked the 6th-fastest time in class with a lap of 2:05.248. Despite this, they got cancelled their best effort – a lap of Tututmlu a mere tenth of a second slower than pole position time- due to track limits even when the on-board camera had proved not to be the case. The first 5-hour part of the race on Friday saw Tutumlu storming into the A6 Am lead and fifth overall from 12th on the grid. Later in the race, one of his teammates spun and lost two laps but Car Collection still remained second in class and 8th overall. With still seven hours remaining on Saturday, Tutumlu completed another opening double stint to put his Audi into a commanding lead overtaking factory drivers such as Rik Breukers, Matteo Malucelli or Robert Renauer and was the fastest car on track once again. Unfortunately clutch issues forced Car Collection Motorsport to retire the car from the race with one hour to go.

“It was a challenging race with cold, changeable weather and it resulted in making mistakes quite easily. Despite we couldn’t make it to the finish, there were some excellent moments as my charges for the lead both days with two strong double stints. I was able to set the pace among GT3 contenders and it was incredible to fight with such competitive drivers like Malucelli, Renauer, Lukas or Breukers. I’m really looking forward to our next race!” said Tutumlu.