Infinity Sports Management’s Charlie Eastwood celebrated a sensational victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the LMGTE-Am class, joining an elite rank of drivers to have won at the world’s best-known endurance event.
Teaming up with TF Sport once again, Charlie travelled to France for the showpiece on the FIA World Endurance Championship calendar. The Northern-Irish driver had shown promising pace throughout the practice sessions and it was in qualifying that the #90 car shone. They secured a top-five start for the race, after progressing through to the Hyperpole qualifying for the quickest competitors.
Throughout the 24-hour extravaganza, excellent strategy from the team and nerves of steel from the drivers meant that the crew had the class lead by the time dawn broke at Le Mans. At the 23rd hour mark, Charlie was in the car for his final stint and he was the driver to lead the Aston Martin over the line best in the LMGTE-Am class to invoke pure elevation amongst the team.
Charlie Eastwood, 2020 24 Hours of Le Mans LMGTE-AM winner:
“Wow, what can I say! That was an immense weekend and one I’ll never forget...we’ve won at Le Mans! It was such a demanding 24 hours and week of build-up but it’s all worth it. The team has worked so hard to give us a great car and we drove our socks off to get that win. It was a shame not to have fans cheer us on but to say I’m victorious at Le Mans is what every young racing driver dreams of.”
“We at ISM are unbelievably proud of Charlie. He has been working so hard up to this moment and it is fantastic to see his effort pay off with a wonderful result. Charlie is a credit to us all at ISM and we look forward to seeing what he can achieve next.”
Collard in British GT title contention after win at Donington
Also this weekend, Jordan Collard took victory in the British GT championship at Donington, UK after putting in an impressive performance during the three-hour event. After securing their first win of the season at the Leicestershire-based circuit, Jordan and his HHC Motorsport team-mate are now back in the GT4 title contention.
The duo had shown good pace and consistency across the practice sessions and qualifying - where they were second fastest of the 10 car GT4 field, which put them in an excellent position come Sunday’s race.
During Jordan’s stints, he drove superbly to tackle the constant traffic and pressure from his competitors and it was the British driver who brought their McLaren across the line to take a memorable win in his exciting career.
Jordan Collard, Donington British GT GT4 winner:
“I’m really happy to get the first win of the season. It shows we’ve been making good progress since the season opener and it was nice to have some good fortune after our bad luck at Brands Hatch. I’m looking forward to seeing what the final two race weekends of the year hold!”
“We’re thrilled for Jordan. The season has been really intense due to the calendar being impacted by COVID-19, so Jordan is doing a brilliant job coping with those tough demands. His victory is thoroughly deserved.”