Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Eastwood finishes silverware-filled 2019/20 FIA WEC as Vice-Champion

Charlie Eastwood became the 2019/20 FIA World Endurance Championship LMGTE-Am Vice-Champion at the weekend after an immense duel in Bahrain saw him narrowly miss out on the overall crown.

Charlie and his TF Sport team-mates Jonny Adam and Salih Yoluc went into the 8 Hours of Bahrain with a shot at the title and the battle came down to the wire with unfortunate mechanical issues hindering the trio’s chance of glory. A brake issue, which all Aston Martins in the race suffered, curtailed their chances of taking away the championship honours.

Despite the bitter-sweet ending, Charlie has experienced some extremely memorable moments throughout the campaign, including a sensational and unforgettable victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The epic season began with the 4 Hours of Silverstone in September 2019 and then moved onto Fuji and Shanghai where the Irishman took both the pole positions and the race wins. A DNF in the first Bahrain installment didn’t deter the team and they went on to score a further victory at the Circuit of the Americas before receiving a third-place podium at Spa. Then came the penultimate round and the jewel in the season’s crown - Le Mans - before the curtain closer in Bahrain.

Charlie ends the season on 154 points and second in the LMGTE-Am standings with a total of two pole positions and five podiums.

Charlie Eastwood

“It really has been a season to remember. It has been tough at times but we’ve kept our cool, stayed focused and produced some brilliant results along the way that the team and I can be really happy with. The 24 Hours of Le Mans was incredible and it’s something that I will never forget winning that race. I have to say a huge thank you to the team, sponsors and Infinity for all of their support throughout the season. Here’s to the future!”

Harry Soden

“We must extend our congratulations to Charlie for a remarkable season. We know the overall title slipped from their grasp in the final minute, but their hard work and consistent brilliant performance is to be admired.”