Despite it wasn’t a brilliant result at the end, a ninth place in A6-Am class as a result of several punctures and a collision at night when one his teammates crashed into a backmarker, Tutumlu put in brilliant stints fighting with GT3 factory drivers.
Isaac Tutumlu couldn’t step onto the podium at the 24 hours of Dubai as he managed to do two years ago or, more recently, in the Gulf 12 hours at the Yas Marina Circuit. Tutumlu, driving a Car Collection Motorsport-run Audi R8 LMS shared with Aly Çapan, Frank Stippler, Dimitri Parhofer and Rémi Terrail, was forced to deal with several race incidents preventing a better result.
Starting 11th on the grid, Stippler made a solid opening stint by moving up to second place overall despite a puncture after two hours. When Tutumlu was about to drive his first stint at night, the Car Collection Audi had already dropped to 15th after the gentlemen drivers pit sequence. The Spaniard set an extremely competitive pace from the very beginning but two other punctures damaged his recovery stint. A few hours later, one of his teammates crashed into another car and the team spent eighty minutes in the pits but they managed to continue battling in the race. Tutumlu took over the driving duties in the final two hours to take the checkered flag ninth in the A6-Am class.
“We had a crazy race with ups and downs as usual in Dubai. Our pit strategy was quite good at the beginning and an early Code 60 worked perfectly for us and Stippler managed to put our car second in the standings. Later, considering we were two professional drivers, Stippler and I, and three gentlemen drivers we lost time. My lap times during my first stint were rather competitive, pretty much the same times as factory drivers. Unfortunately Parhofer collided with a backmarker when lapping him, as the latter spun, but we still managed to do our comeback more than one hour later”, said Tutumlu. The driver from Barcelona stressed: “We also experienced brake problems, losing other ten minutes in the pits. During my second night stint I was the fastest on the track despite our lights, as a result of our previous crash, weren’t working properly. In the last two hours I was a man on a mission, as I had to help the second car of car Collection, which was in podium contention. With my tires experienced extreme wear I still lapped competitive times and both Car Collection and Audi Sport itself congratulated me. They are very happy with my driving here.”
The Spaniard finished 3rd in GT Pro class during the seventh edition of the Gulf 12 hours at the wheel of the Attempto Racing-entered Lamborghini Huracán GT3 with pairing of Aly Çapan and Clemens Schmid. The trio experienced problems with fuel pump and lost two laps with 30 minutes to go, costing them a fifth place overall battling with experienced GT3 and LMP3 crews.
Isaac Tutumlu completed a positive weekend during the Gulf 12 hours at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina circuit. Spaniard Tutumlu, Turkish Aly Çapan and Austrian Clemens Schmid teamed up to fight for a podium finish in the race despite a world-class entry list including several factory drivers such as Davide Rigon or Miguel Molina.
Tutumlu and his teammates made a strong start to the weekend finishing in the top five overall in their Attempto Racing Lamborghini Huracán GT3. Despite they set to start from the back of the grid due to minor issues in qualifying, they charged their way through the field during the 12-hour race, which was divided into two halves of six hours each on Saturday. Çapan took the first stint on his GT debut at the beginning. A two-minute drive through penalty and four laps down were a tough challenge but both Tutumlu and Schmid delivered strong performances in the remaining hours. At the hallway point they were running 10th overall and with one hour to go the Attempto Lamborghini had climbed up to fifth. Unfortunately, Tutumlu and his teammates lost five places due to fuel pump problems and brought a 3rdplace in class and 10th place overall home.
“It was an interesting, challenging race despite the end result doesn’t reflect the quality of the effort. We proved to be competitive battling with Ferrari cars entered by Kessel Racing and Rinaldi with factory drivers such as Rigon or Molina. Aly made the start, a valuable experience for the future. He completed a mistake-free opening stint and kept away from incidents”, said Tutumlu. The Barcelona-born driver underlined that “Clemens and I charged from the back and four laps down to fifth place, even handing a two-minute penalty for speeding in the pit-lane. It was a huge effort. Such a pity we had the fuel pump issue with 30 minutes to go because we lost several places. It was still a rewarding experience!”
The Spaniard will contest the 12-hour race taking place at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. Tutumlu will share the Attempto Racing-entered Lamborghini Huracán GT3 with Turkey’s Aly Çapan and Austria’s Clemens Schmid.
Isaac Tutumlu is set to make another race start next Saturday as the Spanish racer will join the field at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. Tutumlu will drive a Lamborghini Huracán GT3 of Attempto Racing, in which the Spanish driver already competed a pair of events in the Blancpain GT Series earlier this season. Tutumlu will team up with Turkish Aly Çapan and Austrian Clemems Schmid. Despite Çapan is a newcomer in GT racing, he has carried out successful private testing before his official outing. Schmid and Tutumlu will be bringing their vast experience in endurance racing.
“It’s amazing to race again in the Gulf 12 hours, because I was there in 2013 and 2014. On my debut there we couldn’t start the race due to engine issues with our Leipert Lamborghini. But then I finished 7thdriving a Ferrari of Kessel in 2014”, explains Tutumlu. The Barcelona-born driver adds: “I have a lot of good memories and I´m pleased to drive at this magnificent Formula 1 venue, which it’s also its traditional season finale. Besides my two starts in the Gulf 12 hours, I also bring experience from my Porsche Supercup days. I really know how Yas Marina is”. Finally, the Spaniard continues saying that “I feel confident ahead of the event, because we have a fast, reliable driver line-up. Clemens won the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East twice. On the other hand, Aly is making his debut in GT racing but he set competitive lap times during a private testing at Paul Ricard. He will put valuable experience under his belt throughout the weekend, because Yas Marina is a perfect mix of slow and fast corners. It will help him to improve quicker. I’m closely working with him, which I hope helps him develop as a driver. We are exploring our options for 2018, with a potential participation in a GT championship in Europe. The Gulf 12 hours are a first step in this direction.”
The drivers will hit track for the first time on Thursday during free practice sessions, with qualifying taking place on Friday at 12.30 (CET). The 12-hour race, which is divided into two halves of six hours each, will start at 6.00 and 14.45 (CET).