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.
“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!”
“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.”