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Michael ChristensenAfter a weekend in Monaco which left the DAMS team hungry for success, the French squad satisfied its appetite by turning the situation around at Silverstone in brilliant fashion as proved by Michael Christensen’s second place on the grid. His team-mate Richie Stanaway was less fortunate.

Unlike Monaco, however, the results in qualifying didn’t determine the outcome. The Dane had to give way to Michael Ammermuller in a fiercely-contested race as less than 1.5s covered the first three at the flag. Third was Christensen’s first podium finish, and also the first for the team after only three races in Supercup. The New Zealand rookie yo-yoed up and down the time sheets in the squabbling mid-field runners from eleventh (his place in qualifying) to tenth and then back down to thirteenth where he finished. Although he complained of understeer he proved his speed at the end of the race by setting times matching those of the leaders.

François Sicard, Managing Director: “I’m happy for the team that’s been rewarded by our first top-three finish. Although the level of competition is very high we’ve proved we’re up there with the best. Congratulations to Michael; he was brilliant in qualifying and drove a great race. Apparently, Richie ran into a few understeer problems but his pace at the end proved his level of performance. Just a few more setup adjustments and he too will be fighting at the front.”

Michael Christensen: “This first top-three finish is concrete proof of the team’s work and I’m delighted for them. It’s also a source of satisfaction for me even if I can’t help thinking that second place or even victory was within our grasp: there was nothing in it. It’ll help me in the coming rounds. Now that we’ve confirmed our potential I hope to do even better at the Nürburgring.”

Richie Stanaway: “The first day’s practice session in the wet didn’t make things easy for me as it was my first time out on the new Silverstone layout. Thus, I had a few problems in qualifying and that affected my race. The car understeered from time to time but I kept fighting. The final result is disappointing although I’m convinced that we’ll get things right for the next round in Germany.”

Next race: The Nürburgring in Germany on 7th July.

Richie StanawayAfter making an excellent debut in the Porsche Supercup in Barcelona the French team tacked the Monaco rendezvous with all the respect due to its legendary reputation, and also with a strong dose of ambition. In terms of performance DAMS confirmed its potential with debutant Richie Stanaway’s seventh place, while Michael Christensen fell foul of the traps on the Monaco roller-coaster in qualifying.

As was the case for all the races in Monaco the qualifying session determined the basic finishing order. The New Zealander managed to set an encouraging sixth-quickest time, while his Danish team-mate was unable to find a clear lap and ended the session down in twentieth place.
The race in fact was a procession and the DAMS drivers were unable to improve their lot. Although Stanaway lost a place at the start, which he was unable to claw back, he came first in the rookie classification. Christensen, who was quick enough to fight for a top-three finish, spun after being hit by another car. Thus, it was a middling weekend although the potential both in terms of the team and the drivers augurs for a better future.

François Sicard, DAMS Managing Director: “As usual at Monaco the race was a procession as it was impossible to overtake. The team did a good job and Richie’s result holds a lot of promise. It’s really a pity that Michael wasn’t able to find a single lap in clean air in qualifying: he had the potential to score a top-three finish. Without doubt it’s only a matter of time. We’ve now got a month ahead of us and we’re going to redouble our efforts for the next round in England.”

Michael Christensen: “I was hoping to have a better weekend and I’m very sorry for the team, as the car was running really well. At Monaco you have to have a little luck in qualifying and not be held up to get a good place on the grid. I was caught out by the traffic and my race was ruined before it even started! I’ve lost points in the championship but with the potential of the team, I’m convinced that we’re going to get our challenge back on the rails in the next race.”

Richie Stanaway: “For my first outing in Monaco it wasn’t too bad. I finished seventh and first rookie so it’s pretty satisfying. I lost a place on the first lap so I think was possible to do a little bit better. Overtaking in Monaco is quite simply impossible. In any case the team’s really top drawer. We’re going to continue working hard for the coming races and I hope to improve quickly.”

Next round: Silverstone 30th June.

The DAMS team, famous for its savoir faire and titles in other branches of motor sport, turned up for the Porsche Supercup this weekend in Barcelona in a humble state of mind as befitting debutants for the opening of the 2013 season. Although it is their first foray into this highly-competitive championship the team has high hopes, which their two drivers, Michael Christensen from Denmark and New Zealander Richie Stanaway, soon confirmed.

The two young DAMS hotshoes, both Supercup debutants, quickly found their marks in qualifying. Christensen took advantage of his experience in last year’s German Porsche Cup and clinched fourth place on the grid, while Stanaway confirmed his ability to adapt to a new car with the sixth-quickest time – a successful start for both drivers. The race itself turned out to be a trickier challenge as they were up against experienced rivals like the winner, Sean Edwards. Although a few minor beginners’ errors dropped them back down the time sheets, Michael saw the flag in fifth place (best rookie) and Richie came home ninth, which bodes well for the future.

Fran?ois Sicard, Managing Director: “The overall level of this championship is very high and the result of the first race is very positive for DAMS. The team did a great job preparing the cars, which were on the pace right from the word go. The drivers showed their potential and even if they fell back a few places in the race itself, the result promises greater things for the future with Michael as the best rookie and Richie not too far behind on his first outing in this kind of racing after his swap from single-seaters. They’re going to take advantage of several days’ testing to fine-tune their preparation and they should be fighting for victory very shortly.”

Michael Christensen: “First of all a big thanks to the team. Everybody’s fully concentrated on the main aim and the ambience is excellent. The car was perfectly set up and without a small mistake in qualifying I could have started a row further up. In the race itself, I made a small error which allowed Thiim and Ammermüller to slip past so I’m not completely satisfied. I’m expecting better things for the coming races, in Monaco in particular, where I was able to take some notes last year!”

Richie Stanaway: “The first race went off pretty well and I felt at home in the DAMS team straight away. It’s my debut in this type of racing and I have to find my marks; I’m making rapid progress in qualifying even though a small error cost me a better starting position. The early stages of the race were difficult and I lost places: we’re going to continue working. The car’s quick and the team knows what it’s doing so I hope we can reap the rewards of our efforts with a good result in the near future.”

Next race: 26th May in Monaco.

Barzani Racing TeamThe Kurdish team is currently working on its motorsport project for 2013, when they are aiming to participate in the Mobil 1 Porsche Supercup once again, the championship celebrating its venues together with Formula 1 and with a brand-new car: the 991 model.

Barzani Racing Team is working since some months ago on its racing project in the forthcoming 2013 season. A season where the Kurdish team is aiming for participating in the Mobil 1 Porsche Supercup once again, the championship organized by the Weissach-based brand and that every meeting is held with Formula 1 Grand Prix.

Barzani Racing Team has become the first team from Kurdistan to take part with a driver, Isaac Tutumlu – born in Barcelona but of Kurdish heritage and with rather experience in GT racing-, on the international stage in all motorsport history. At the moment they´re in talks with some of the most successful teams in the series but no deal hasn´t been made so far. After a 2012 season when
team and driver united their motorsport destiny and this effort coming from Barzani family and Tutumlu was globally recognized, in 2013 the goal is to be into top-ten often and being able to fight for some podiums. An ambitious target taking into account the experienced field in the series because even Porsche factory drivers are going to participate.

Additionally, in parallel to negotiations with Porsche Supercup teams, Barzani Racing Team needs backing from other companies in Kurdistan or other foreign countries with interest on Kurdish soil, in order to join this project in the Formula 1 paddock. Undoubtedly the media coverage provided by Formula 1 – TV included- means an excellent and luxurious showcase for almost every brand. If Barzani Racing Team doesn´t get necessary backing, they will have to give up.

New Porsche 991 GT3 Cup is the most recent German creation, with a 3.8-litre flat-six engine and 454bhp and a paddle-shift transmission. The championship will visit famous and prestigious European venues such as Silverstone, Monza, Spa-Francorchamps, Barcelona or Nürburgring. Monaco, the glamorous country by the Mediterranean sea, will be another step in 2013.

Isaac TutumluDespite several mechanical problems all the weekend the Spanish driver of Kurdish heritage managed to finish 13th and being best classified pilot for FÖRCH Racing by Lukas Motorspor in Italy.

Isaac Tutumlu has finished this weekend his 2012 season in the Porsche Supercup, a year when he has driven a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup lined up by FÖRCH Racing by Lukas Motorsport. His end of season was not that easy for Tutumlu, because he had to overcome mechanical problems once again.

On Friday, despite problems with transmission cooling system, he was able to set a very competitive free practice lap in the free practice session, even testing new brake pads, being one and half a second slower than drivers on top. On Saturday, Tutumlu was looking for improvements in qualifying session when his radiator got damaged and his best lap then was slower than that the
previous day. “It was a shame because my best time was during warm lap, and taking into account this fact I was only three seconds slower than pole position time. I think my chances were pretty good, but now we need to focus on the race. I am looking forward to gain some places but I know it´s going to be a challenge, because I will start on 11th row”, Tutumlu explained at the end of qualifying session.

Tutumlu wasn´t giving up and his race was quite good despite how much adversity he was facing. Transmission problems caused him “a lot of problems, because it was harder to change gears in this way. At the beginning, starting from the back of the field, I was blocked by slower drivers but I´ve improved some positions lap by lap. Finally I´ve finished 13th among full-season driver. And I was the best FÖRCH Racing driver during today´s race, a positive fact after our problems here”.

With the season over in the Porsche Supercup, Tutumlu is working on “some new projects ahead. Concerning Porsche Supercup I would like to race here next year but we need to study carefully what options we have”.

Isaac TutumluThe Spanish driver of Kurdish heritage is taking part in the last round of the Porsche Supercup in 2012 next weekend. Monza, another classic name in motorsport and known by Tutumlu, is the place where he wants to overcome his problems during recent races.

Isaac Tutumlu is eyeing his last meeting of the season in the Porsche Supercup series, which is held at another mythic layout. Last weekend the championship visited Spa-Francorchamps and now it´s the turn for Monza. In Italy, Tutumlu will drive his Porsche 911 GT3 Cup lined up by FÖRCH Racing by Lukas Motorsport once again and with a clear target on mind: to solve his problems in Hungary and Belgium. Despite these problems, he managed to score points for overall rankings.

“It is going to be our last race in the championship during current season. Monza is a very fast layout, as everyone knows, and fortunately for us, I´ve competed here before. During my debut in the Porsche Supercup back in 2009, I finished 12th on Sunday´s race and my best lap was quite close to the fastest one by then, less than a second. So I think our expectations may be good. In addition earlier this year I competed at Monza during WTCC round, and my performance was interesting even struggling with engine problems the whole weekend”, Tutumlu explained. The young GT driver also said that “we are working on the car to fix the problems happening last weekend. We are checking both chassis and suspension and maybe the gearbox could be replaced. If our car is competitive enough and me liking the track, I think our weekend ahead might be positive. I´m aiming for top-ten places and to score as many points as possible. I have chance for improving my position in the overall rankings, in spite of my retirements in Hungary and missing Bahrain rounds”.

The timetable for the weekend starts on Friday with one free practice session at 17.00, with qualifying session at 17.00 on Saturday. The race is set on Sunday at 11.45.

Isaac Tutumlu13th place for the Spanish driver of Kurdish background during Sunday´s race of the Porsche Supercup, after some problems from unknown origin prevented him to give his best. Anyway he managed to finish into points positions.

Isaac Tutumlu has had a difficult race of the Porsche Supercup at Spa-Francorchamps, where the penultimate round of the season was held today. The FÖRCH Racing by Lukas Motorsport´s driver experienced problems with his car since the beginning and they got even worse at the end.

“We need to clarify what was going on with our car today. At very early stages, on lap one, I have begun to feel uncomfortable at the wheel of my Porsche, because its performance wasn´t good. We need to find out if it was a problem coming from set-up, chassis or suspension, but it was very hard to be quick under the circumstances”, Tutumlu explained afterwards. When the race was coming to an end, the problems increased “and my lap times were several seconds slower, and I was overtaken by some drivers previously passed by me. I insist the race was really difficult and, for instance, my fastest lap today was slower than that posted by me debuting in 2009 here”. Anyway his 13th final place was good enough to keep scoring points for the overall rankings, and “it´s our biggest achievement the whole weekend”.

With no chances to rest, Tutumlu is looking forward to his next commitment in the Porsche Supercup, which is scheduled at Monza next weekend. The Italian track is known by the young Spanish GT driver, and it´s going to be important “to fix our today´s problems, because we need to finish the season there in a good way”.

Isaac TutumluThe Spanish driver of Kurdish ancestry completed today´s qualifying session of the Porsche Supercup at Spa-Francorchamos, posting a best lap of 2:27.754 at the wheel of his FÖRCH Racing by Lukas Motorsport´s car.

Isaac Tutumlu has completed today the qualifying session for the penultimate meeting of the Porsche Supercup in 2012, which is held in Belgium. With his Porsche 911 GT3 Cup fielded by FÖRCH Racing by Lukas Motorsport, the Spanish driver of Kurdish heritage set a time of 2:27.754 in dry conditions, after yesterday´s free practice session was a wet one.

“It has been a difficult season for me. It wasn´t easy to have a good pace but at the end I managed to do it. With my first set of new tires I was blocked by other drivers, so my decision was to pit by then because my laps weren´t good enough. Unfortunately, I spun on my first lap with new tires, but I´ve improved from then on. Finally my best time was a lap of 2:27.754”, Tutumlu explained and adding that “my last lap was six tenths faster than my previous ones, but then the tires wear wasn´t that good. Under the circumstances my performance is good because I´ve kept improving lap by lap. It hasn´t been a bad comeback after summer break”.

Tomorrow´s race is going to start at 11,45 (CET), being broadcasted live on Eurosport once again, and is a new chance for “to achieve another good result and repeat similar previous results such as Hockenheim or Valencia races. Our chances are high because the race is probably to be in dry conditions. I´ve put experience under my belt today and, making a good start, it´s going to be possible overtake other cars and as always eying for top-ten, my target this season”.

Isaac TutumluThe Spanish driver of Kurdish heritage, at the wheel of his FÖRCH Racing by Lukas Motorsport´s car, was 17th fastest with almost thirty cars taking part this meeting at Spa-Francorchamps of the Porsche Supercup series.

Isaac Tutumlu has had a positive start of the penultimate meeting of Porsche Supercup today, during the event scheduled in Belgium. The Spanish driver of Kurdish ancestry has completed a good free practice session in rainy conditions, with a steady rain falling all the day.

Tutumlu posted a best lap of 2:46.320, putting him 17th in the free practice classification at the end of the day, with almost thirty cars participating. After finishing this first outing at Spa in 2012, Tutumlu explained that “my main concern was avoiding any kind of mistakes, keeping calm at the wheel, because there were tricky conditions and to damage the car wasn´t an option. At the beginning, we considered to stay in the box, because the forecast announces dry weather for tomorrow at 90%”. Anyway the feedback was pretty positive because “I have been quite fast, even we didn´t
use new wet tires in contrast to other drivers. Here new tires mean to improve your time almost two seconds, so we have a good pace so far. The engine is working smoothly after problems in Hungary, and it´s a good thing as well”. Finally, Barcelona´s driver added that “tomorrow is going to be a hard day, because surely I will have to cope with a dry track in qualifying. Anyway, I´m going to work as hard as always and I hope for similar conditions on Sunday, not that crazy weather seen earlier this year”.

The qualifying session, which is 30 minutes long, starts at 12.25 (CET).

Isaac TutumluThe Spanish driver of Kurdish ancestry, after the summer break, is approaching a new meeting of the Porsche Supercup series at Spa-Francorchamps. The Ardennes-based track is a historical venue in motorsport and weather usually plays a key role.

Isaac Tutumlu is taking part next weekend in a new meeting of the Porsche Supercup, a championship celebrating its penultimate venue of the season at Spa-Francorchamps and once again with a strong entry list attending. Spa-Francorchamps is always a long-awaited event for every driver and for Tutumlu isn´t an exception. “I like spa-Francorchamps a lot, and fortunately I know it from recent years. In spite of it´s a long layout I´m almost sure that it´s going to be a closely-fought meeting with minimum gaps”, the FÖRCH Racing by Lukas Motorsport explained, adding that “we´ve repaired the engine after the problems hitting us in Hungary. There it had an oil leak, and I hope it perfectly works in Belgium. Spa-Francorchamps is very demanding for the engines, so a good one is very important and our results are depending on that”.

Also the Catalunya´s driver said that “the weather is usually very unpredictable at Spa-Francorchamos. Anyway I don´t think it´s going to be any sort of problem for me, because I´m competitive in rainy conditions and it could be an advantage even. My main aim is to increase my race pace as soon as possible on Friday. It´s worth mentioning that other drivers have raced during August the same Porsche Supercup, but my last time with the car was a month ago in Hungary. Anyway I feel confident because everybody at FÖRCH Racing is going to try his best to achieve good results”.

Finally, and from now on, Agencia CROA is going to manage Tutumlu´s motorsport career aiming for a clear target: to reach the highest possible level in motorsport. “I´m pleased working with Agencia CROA, because they will help me to improve faster my motorsport career towards the top. Currently the economic crisis is a big problem, with its experience being a boost for us”, Tutumlu finally explained.

At Spa-Francorchamos, free practice session is scheduled on Friday with qualifying session and race on Saturday and Sunday respectively.