Charlie Eastwood and his TF Sport team-mate Salih Yoluc have been crowned 2020 International GT Open Vice-Champions, after celebrating a near perfect weekend of racing where they ultimately narrowly missed out on the top spot by just two points.
After a jam-packed schedule due to the impact COVID-19 has had on the motorsport calendar, Charlie and crew have put in impressive performances over the last three months to score three race wins and eight podiums in an impressive campaign.
In the final round of competition at the Circuit de Catalunya Barcelona, Spain, Charlie and Salih earnt a double podium with the Irish driver putting the #34 on pole for the third time this season.
Race one of the weekend saw the boys finish in third position, despite serving a success time penalty and fighting Safety Car woes - this good result ensured the duo remained in the fight for the championship title.
On Sunday, excellent driving from Charlie and Salih meant they were in second place when the chequered flag waved and, due to a competitor being handed a penalty for a pit stop infringement, the pair were promoted to the race win, which was their third of the season. Despite giving it their all, they finished just two points behind the title overall championship victors.
Charlie’s motorsport calendar isn’t over yet - the curtain on a brilliant year will come down in Bahrain in the FIA World Endurance Championship with an epic eight-hour race.
“I can’t believe there were only two points between us and the GT Pro GT3 Pro title - it really came down to the wire. Myself and the team have given it our all and that’s just the way motorsport goes sometimes. I am proud of what we’ve achieved in our season - we have been a threat constantly and worked together as an outfit really well. Now we turn our attention to preparation for Bahrain where we can hopefully end the year on a high.”
“Charlie has had an excellent year, switching between WEC and GT Open duties in what has been a compact calendar. Infinity Sports Management are really proud of all the great results he’s achieving. To take three pole positions in GT Open this year is an achievement in itself and to be constantly up there on the podium is testament to his hard work and dedication.