From the highs of Barcelona, it’s another thrilling week in the Infinity camp from celebrating a maiden victory in Fuji, to final preparations for the title-decider in British F4...
Bouncing straight off the back of sealing the Blancpain GT title, Charlie Eastwood was back in the seat with his championship winning squad TF Sport at the 6 Hours of Fuji, for the latest round of the FIA World Endurance Championship. Having graced the podium many times before, this weekend saw Charlie power his way to claim his and the team’s maiden victory in WEC in commanding style.
Showing strong pace from the off, Charlie, Salih Yoluc and Jonny Adam were confident in the raw speed of the new Aston Martin Vantage AMR and had their sights set on the top spot. Topping the timing sheets throughout practice, they further proved their dominance by sealing pole position in qualifying, a lap two-tenths faster than their rivals ensured prime starting position on Sunday.
Lining up for the start of another thrilling 6 hour race at the Fuji Speedway, Charlie and his team worked together to ensure they had mapped out all the right strategy calls, to capitalise on their pace once racing got underway. With teammate Yoluc maintaining their lead from the start, Charlie climbed aboard the TF Sport #90 to further extend their command of the LMGTE-Am Class. Battling against the rain and periods of Full Course Yellow conditions, Charlie used his skills to keep the car on the black stuff and further push a gap on the chasing #83 AF Corse Ferrari, before handing control to Jonny Adam.
Taking it to the line with a full lap lead on the GTE-Am field, the TF Sport team brought the car home to claim their first victory in the championship. Earning a clean sweep of points with both pole position and race win, the team have certainly begun their season in strong contention for the title.
Speaking on his first victory in WEC, Charlie Eastwood:
“Taking victory in Fuji was amazing, I am delighted for the team that we were able to convert our pace into victory. The Aston Martin felt amazing, even when there were light drops of rain I was very comfortable in the car and I had the confidence to be able to push and consistently set class leading times.”
Director of Infinity Sports Management, Harry Soden adds:
“Another fantastic weekend for Charlie and TF Sport, with pole position and a lights-to-flag victory. It has been a great two weekends for Charlie, who is now establishing himself as one of world’s leading GT drivers”
Looking ahead to this weekend, the British F4 reaches it’s thrilling finale, where Infinity driver Sebastian Alvarez tied on points for the championship lead heading into the final three races, it’s sure to be a nail-biter. Sebastian has had a strong run of consistency throughout the season, which has seen him score 4 wins, 17 podiums, 3 pole positions and 5 fastest laps. Building his confidence and racecraft, he is ready and raring to give maximum attack at Brands Hatch this weekend, in hopes of sealing the FIA Formula F4 Crown.
Speaking ahead of the weekend, Director of Infinity Sports Management, Gary Catt praised Seb’s season:
“This year has seen Seb go from strength to strength. He’s developed so much in the last 10 months with the help of the team, which will help him a lot in the years ahead of him, this was the biggest priority this year.
Hopefully he can clinch the title this weekend but even if not, we are all feeling very positive about his 2019 season.”