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Charlie Eastwood satisfied with display as championship lead maintained despite falling short of top spot at Monza


Charlie Eastwood

Charlie Eastwood

Charlie Eastwood

Charlie Eastwood says finishing second in the Pro-Am class at the 4 Hours of Monza was satisfactory, especially as it safeguards first place in the standings with three rounds to go.

Eastwood, with Racing Team Turkey colleagues Salih Yoluc and Jack Aitken, just missed out on a third successive European Le Mans Series class win on the drag to the finish line last Sunday.

“I am happy with the result,” said Belfast man Eastwood. “It was looking really strong just after my stint. We were up into the overall podium places but unfortunately, we had to do our long pit stop, changing all four tyres and right after that the safety car came out, neutralising the race completely for us.

“So, we dropped six places whereas in a normal scenario we would only have lost one, and it is really difficult to follow cars around Monza.”

Early damage to the car’s nose as drivers jostled for position meant Eastwood, Yoluc and Aitken lost out in parts of the track during their respective stints with downforce compromised.

“With the dive plane broken it made it tricky to balance the car. The handling and aerodynamics were disrupted, but all things considered we came away with a strong result,” added Eastwood.

“The season has gone as good as we could have hoped. Winning the first two races, and being six hundredths of a second from winning all three, it has almost been a perfect start for the team.”

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“Last year was our first season in LMP2 – it was completely new for us in every aspect – so it was always going to be a massive learning curve.”

“But also, we knew we were always going to take a step forward this year and so far we have shown really strong pace and stayed out of trouble for the most part to come home with some solid race results to lead the Pro-Am Championship.”

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