The Spanish driver of Kurdish heritage completed his first outing at the wheel of Starworks Motorsport Oreca-Chevrolet taking part in the Roar before The Rolex 24 and showing a clear positive evolution over the test. Now he is already focused on the 24 hours of Dubai.
Isaac Tutumlu met his first target this season, participating in the Roar before The Rolex 24 at Daytona, the official test valid for the famous 24 hours of Daytona taking place later this month. Barzani Racing Team driver carried out his first outing driving the Oreca-Chevrolet fielded by Starworks Motorsport, his new weapon for this season´s challenge: the Tudor United SportsCar Championship. Despite how difficult this new racing program is, Tutumlu improved his performance and race pace constantly while discovering the car and the track. After eight practice sessions, Tutumlu set a best lap of 1:44.285, quite close to top-times, teaming up with Alex Popow, Martín Fuentes and Rob Huff.
“We were working on the car settings, as the car struggled at the beginning when breaking, because we suffered from wheel locking. But the test was very good, as I didn´t know either the car or the track, and my feedback could not have been better. I put more than thirty laps under my belt here, and they will help me to approach the 24 hours of Daytona”, Tutumlu explains. “Our last day was the best one, because our car was very competitive and we clocked quick lap times. In the same vein, we need to keep working like that for our future commitments here!”, the driver of Kurdish ancestry stresses out, who is going to race in the 24 hours of Dubai this week for rhino´s Leipert Motorsport. “It will be a good preparation for Daytona, and another 24-hour experience will be most valuable to me. The Lamborghini Gallardo FL2 GT3 is quite apart from the Oreca-Chevrolet, but it doesn´t really matter. I want to achieve a good result in Dubai”, Tutumlu added about this race where his teammates will be Oliver Webb, Jeroen Mul, Jan Stovicek and Yoshinaru Mori. The 24 hours of Dubai is set to start at 14.00 on Friday.