Round three of the International GT Open approaches for Isaac Tutumlu and Barzani Racing, and is the second time he will compete at the wheel of the Selleslagh Racing Team Chevrolet Corvette C6/ZR1.
On his debut in Portimao the results could not have been better, pairing with Maxime Soulet they snatched pole positions, fastest laps and finished first in race one and third in race two. These results speak for themselves and prove how quick Tutumlu adapted his new car. At the moment Tutumlu lies fifth overall.
At the Circuito de Jerez Tutumlu has set himself the same ambitious goals even though this challenge is more difficult. The Selleslagh Racing Team by Barzani pair will have a 35-second handicap for race one, and there are some changes coming into effect for the Chevrolet Corvette C6/ZR1 as the BoP modifies their restrictors and will penalize the performance.
“Our results in Portimao were simply perfect, and our third place in race two could have been improved but the car spinning in front of me enabled Montermini to overtake."I'm looking forward to competing in Jerez, despite the fact we have a smaller restrictor but they will affect the Chevrolets of V8 Racing as well. Let's see how the car works there. And our time handicap for race one is huge. But we need to overcome these problems and keep fighting for the championship”, Tutumlu commented.
The strategy to follow is “to reduce our handicap on Saturday and then on Sunday, if possible, target another podium if everything works out fine. I like Jerez. Last year I earned the pole position in my class, 3rd overall, and later I won GTS classification. Maxime has never raced there but I will try to help him every step of the way. But he is an experienced driver, so he will have no problem at all”.
There are two free practice sessions scheduled on Friday. Two qualifying sessions take place on Saturday morning and race one – consisting of 70 minutes- will start at 16.00. On Sunday race two, 60 minutes, at 1PM.