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).