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Eastwood living the dream as he eyes Sebring joy

 

By Sammy Hamill

Charlie Eastwood will cross another item off his bucket list when he starts the sixth round of the World Endurance Championship at the historic Sebring circuit in Florida this evening.

The former Porsche Carrera Cup champion from Belfast is part of the TF Sport Aston Martin team tackling the 1,000-mile race in which he will share a Vantage GTE with Jonny Adam and Yalih Yoluc.

They are currently second in the GTE/Am category but Eastwood believes they have a strong chance of overhauling the class-leading Project 1 Porsche.

"Our three second positions so far could all have been wins, so we've been on the cusp, and we need to make sure that in the last three rounds we're right up there," he said. "The competition is tough, but we have one of, if not the strongest line-up. If we piece everything together, we can win."

Racing at Sebring has been something he has often imagined, even though he jokes that it is the first time he has ever been told to bring a gumshield to a race.

"It's an old track and very bumpy, so we are going to get bounced around a lot, but it is also one of the best-known circuits in the world and definitely one I've had on my bucket list along with places like Spa, Monza and Le Mans," Eastwood explained.

The WEC calendar spans 2018 and '19, having taken in Belgium, France, England, Japan, China and now the USA. The remaining rounds are in Belgium and France.

The overall Championship is being led by the factory Toyota team, which includes double F1 champion Fernando Alonso.

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