RACING TEAM TURKEY SCORE THIRD CONSECUTIVE PODIUM AND RETAINS CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD

PUBLISHED 05/08/2022
TAGS ELMS, Racing Team Turkey, ASTON MARTIN GTE, LMP2, Salih Yoluc, Charlie Eastwood, Jack Aitken, John Hartshorne, JONNY ADAM, Henrique Chaves, Ahmad Al Harthy, Sam De Haan, Marco Sørensen

Racing Team Turkey took their third podium finish of the 2022 season last weekend at Monza, when Salih Yoluc, Charlie Eastwood and Jack Aitken crossed the line P2 in class, following a dominant performance.

 

Yoluç, Aitken and Eastwood lead the Pro Am class for the majority of the 4 Hours of Monza, however a safety car during the latter part of the race knocked the #34 down to second place. Aitken battled hard but unfortunately missed out on the top step by 0.06s and took the flag, P2 in class.

 

No such luck on the opposite side of the garage, as a change in the balance of performance for our pair of Aston Martin Vantage GTEs, set the tone for the week. Not only did the team have the success ballast from Imola to contend with, a significant reduction in power meant it was almost impossible for our drivers to showcase their true pace.

 

Our Vantage duo of #69 and #95 finished the day P9 and P10 respectively. A tough pill to swallow. The drivers pushed, but we couldn’t match our competitor’s pace.

 

The fourth round of the 2022 European Le Mans Series will take place on August 28 at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

 

Tom Ferrier, TF Sport Owner Managing Director - “It’s great to have our LMP2 outfit on the podium once again. Holding on to the lead of the Pro Am championship by a healthy margin stands us in good stead for the second half of the season. On the flip side, it was disappointing and frustrating that our GTE drivers were denied the chance to show their true pace during the week and then in the race. We’re hoping that this will be reviewed in time for Barcelona.”

 

Jack Aitken, #34 Gold driver - “It was a very tough race in those conditions, both for the car and for the drivers! We had a really good start from Salih who got into the lead of Pro Am quite early on and then it was a very strategic race with a lot of safety cars and changes to the pit stop plan. We were a little bit unlucky with the last safety car which put us out of contention for an overall podium. I fought hard to try and regain the lead of the class but I couldn’t quite do it. I was close and got side-by-side a couple of times, but P2 is still really good for the championship.”

 

Ahmad Al Harthy, #69 Bronze driver - “Really frustrating for me because we all drove extremely well and the pit strategy was perfect, but we were obviously down on pace and its a very weird feeling because it feels the change was excessive. The results showed that and the only positive thing from that is hopefully we can get our power back for Barcelona.”

 

Henrique Chaves, #95 Bronze driver - “Despite the obvious issue regarding our lack of power, we have to take the positives. John improved a lot since Thursday and I think we need to move on to Barcelona with that momentum from him. We will put this race behind us and focus on the rest of the season.”