Isaac Tutumlu and Barzani Racing Team have achieved another podium in the second International GT Open race held at Monza today, completing a successful weekend and catching up to the drivers ́ championship leaders. In the championship standings, Tutumlu still sits fifth overall but his goal is to finish in the Top 3.
In Q2, as a novelty taking place in Sunday ́s morning, the driver of Barzani Racing Team came close to pole position today. In a tremendously exciting duel with Pastorelli, Tutumlu set the provisional pole position time with a lap of 1:47.186, only one thousandth quicker than the Dutch driver of V8 Racing, but Pastorelli made a final attempt and improved Tutumlu ́s time by less than one tenth.
Starting on the front row, Tutumlu was running second during his stint and inherited the lead when Pastorelli pitted. At halfway point Tutumlu headed into the pit- lane and Hamilton took over the car in sixth place, as their time handicap was 95 seconds. Hamilton overtook Mario Cordoni (Ferrari 458 Italia) and Maximilian Volker (Chevrolet Camaro) and, with seven minutes to go, the Briton also passed Viacheslav Maleev (Ferrari 458 Italia) for third.
Tutumlu said: “Sincerely I thought that my lap time was good enough for pole, but Pastorelli beaten me at the last moment. In today ́s race, I was right behind, but after six or seven laps I noticed something strange with the steering. I decided to avoid risks and not hit the kerbs”, Tutumlu explained after the podium ceremony. “Archie was impressive, overtaking three cars to finish third. We finished twelve seconds behind the winning car, taking into account our handicap was 25 seconds longer our result was perfect. We were the fastest drivers over the weekend. The Int ́l GT Open will come to an end in Barcelona, in November, and my target is top finish in the Top 3. Such a nice place to finish with my people attending the event!”