The Barcelona-born driver is back in Dubai after his 3rd-place finish last year. Tutumlu will drive a Car Collection Motorsport-entered Audi R8 LMS and team up with his fellow countrymen Daniel Díaz Varela and Toni Forné and Germany´s duo of Peter Schmidt and Dimitri Parhofer.
Isaac Tutumlu will contest the 24H Series´ curtain raiser event: the 24 hours of Dubai hosted at Dubai Autodrome. Spain´s driver makes 24H Series comeback following his podium finish last year. 31-year old Tutumlu will drive an Audi R8 LMS GT3 once again, which will be run by Car Collection Motorsport in A6 class. Isaac will share the GT3 German contender with Daniel Díaz Varela, Toni Forné, Peter Schmidt and Dimitri Parhofer.
“I´m delighted to be able to announce my fourth start at the Dubai 24 hours. I achieved a 3rd-place finish last year after our pole position in qualifying. I will drive another Audi R8 LMS but, contrary to the past year, entered by Car Collection Motorsport instead of Abt Sportsline”, Tutumlu underlines. The Spanish driver adds “I wish to thank Car Collection Motorsport, Audi Middle East and Audi Al Nabooda in particular for their support because they made this possible. Audi Middle East has put a lot of effort and resources into this race because from the marketing point of view this 24-hour event is extremely important. It will be a demanding, difficult race because there are 98 cars on the entry list and 26 of them are GT3-specifications cars. Besides, there are teams such as Black Falcon, Manthey Racing, Konrad Motorsport or Team WRT closely working with brands such as Mercedes, Porsche, Lamborghini or Audi respectively. The list of drivers is hugely impressive with dozens of factory drivers. Traffic will play a key role once again but fortunately I´m an experienced racer in Dubai. At the same time, my teammates have vast experience in endurance races and we will aim to be in the top 5. We expect a trouble-free race in order to achieve our goals.”
Free practice and qualifying sessions will take place on Thursday. The 24-hour race start is scheduled at 14.00 (local time).
Source. CTR Press