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Charlie Eastwood is determined to extend his winning streak at Monza



Charlie Eastwood is striving to boost his Championship hopes

Charlie Eastwood is striving to boost his Championship hopes

Charlie Eastwood is striving to boost his Championship hopes

Belfast's Charlie Eastwood reckons he can go one better at tomorrow’s 4 Hours of Monza by winning the Pro-Am division in the LMP2 race.

At last year’s event around the Temple of Speed in northern Italy, the Racing Team Turkey squad finished behind class winners G Driving Racing and seventh in the overall classification.

Eastwood is keen to win tomorrow and maintain his perfect start to the 2022 European Le Man Series that has returned maximum scores in the competition’s first two rounds alongside Salih Yoluc and Jack Aitken. They currently hold a 17-point cushion over second-placed title rivals TDS Racing X Vaillante.

“I’m looking forward to Monza — it has been a bit of a break since the last round, so it will be great to get back into the LMP2 car again,” said Eastwood, whose attention after this weekend will shift to the Total Energies 24 Hours of Spa, an event he is set to tackle with Aston Martin Racing at the end of July.

“Monza is a super iconic track and also incredibly fast in an LMP2 car. We had a pretty strong result there last year and hopefully we can keep going.

“There’s no reason why we can’t continue our winning streak — we have a great team behind us, we have a great package, and all three drivers are driving well at the minute. As long as we stay out of trouble, we can push for another victory and keep trying to extend our lead in the Pro-Am Championship.

“Preparations in the build-up to Monza have gone well. Both myself and Salih have done quite a lot of race simulation work before the event and thankfully Jack completed a two-day test at the track in preparation for the 24 Hours of Le Mans last month, so he is going to be well up to speed for Monza.”

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Templepatrick’s Wayne Boyd is also Monza-bound, albeit for round four of the Michelin Le Mans Cup. Boyd is keen to bounce back from contrasting displays at the Road to Le Mans double-header in France in which he finished fourth in race one and 23rd in race two after incurring a post-event penalty.

Despite that, Boyd and his United Autosport team-mate John Schauerman are just a point away from the top three.

“I can’t wait for the next round,” said former Asian Le Mans LMP3 title winner Boyd.

“We are in a very strong position in the Championship, so we will be pushing for another strong result. I have high hopes going there.”

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