RACING TEAM TURKEY CLAIMS THIRD EUROPEAN LE MANS SERIES PODIUM FINISH
A hard-fought race saw the TF Sport-run LMP2 crew of Salih Yoluc, Charlie Eastwood and Logan Sargeant take second in the Pro Am class, and seventh overall, at the 4 Hours of Monza.
Young gun Sargeant returned to the Racing Team Turkey line-up in Italy, due to an event clash for Harry Tincknell, and settled back into the championship quickly by topping the timesheets in the free practice sessions.
Qualifying proved just how close the prototype competition is this season, as Sargeant pushed all he could out of the #34 to set second in Pro Am and fifth overall.
A stellar start by Salih saw him claim the class lead on the opening lap and keep some of the higher-graded drivers at bay. However, after a stop and go penalty for contact with another competitor, and various safety car and full course yellow periods, the #34 entry was a little way down the order.
Between Logan, Charlie and some superb strategic fuelling stops, the #34 machine carved its way up the order to claim P2 in class at the flag.
Racing Team Turkey’s LMP2 line-up sits second in the Pro Am championship standings, with two rounds remaining in the 2021 season.
It was also an ultra-close qualifying session in the GTE category, as Gunn put the TF Sport Vantage in P3, a mere 0.062s from pole position.
After running as high as second place, a puncture during Ollie Hancock's stint and multiple full course yellow procedures which marred Ross Gunn's progress, put paid to the team's potential and the #95 Aston was forced to settle for eighth position at the 4 Hours of Monza.
Nevertheless, TF Sport's GTE Am John Hartshorne made yet more positive progress, in his preparation for the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The sixth round of the 2021 European Le Mans Series takes place at Spa, Sunday September 19.
Charlie Eastwood, #34 Gold Driver - “We had strong pace from the off, topping the free practice sessions, including the Bronze session courtesy of Salih. It was quite a scrappy race with all the safety cars and full course yellow periods, some you win and some you lose! But despite that, we had a great result, scored good points and are still in the championship hunt.”
Ross Gunn, #95 Gold Driver - “It’s been a positive weekend. John’s improvements have been really strong and he’s heading in a good direction ahead of Le Mans, which this was a bit of a test race for. The race was pretty difficult, but the team managed it well and it was just unlucky to lose out during the full course yellow periods. But next up for us in Le Mans and I’m really looking forward to it.”
Tom Ferrier, Team Owner - “It’s great to continue the success in our LMP2 debut season, by scoring yet another podium finish and to stay in the championship hunt is exactly where we wanted to be. John has once again improved his performance in the GTE and with Monza being a high-speed circuit, it was great preparation ahead of Le Mans.”