On his first day with the new Chevrolet Corvette C6/ZR1 entered by Selleslagh Racing Team by Barzani, Tutumlu finished on top during Friday´s free practice sessions held at the Autódromo do Algarve for the International GT Open posting a lap of 1:47.492. Tutumlu and team-mate Maxime Soulet were the only ones to break the 1:48 barrier.
“This Chevrolet is easier to drive than my previous Porsche, not so demanding. In the morning, despite severe tyre wear, I posted a time of 1:49.2, even when they were my first laps!” Tutumlu said.
Later, after finishing on top of the timesheets, he added that “we are very pleased with our results, because we proved our competiveness and it is a good way to start this new adventure. Nothing has actually been achieved yet, because the most important thing is tomorrow, in race one, and it is going to be a real challenge as we have an important time handicap”.
Race one, consisting of 70 minutes, has scheduled its start at 15.00 today