Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Pole to Podium at the 4 Hours of Red Bull Ring

Last weekend marked a sensational outing for Infinity drivers in European Le Mans Series, which saw Charlie Eastwood joined by Logan Sargeant as they took to the wheel of the Racing Team Turkey by TF Sport LMP2 entry. Together with teammate Salih Yoluç, the trio scored both pole position and a podium finish in only the team’s second LMP2 outing in the series.

Kicking off the second round of the European Le Mans Series at the Red Bull Ring, Charlie was back in action with the TF Sport outfit, ready to fight towards the front.

Making his sportscar race debut, Logan joined the team hot off the back of his first test and didn’t waste any time in showing his speed. Having only raced in single-seaters before, Logan rapidly adapted to the new machinery with strong pace across the two practice sessions on Thursday,

To finish at the top of the timesheets. Converting this strong performance into qualifying, in thrilling style, he shot to the top of the timing screen once again and claimed overall pole position by 0.157s. Earning the respect of his teammates and paddock alike, it certainly set the spotlight on the 20-year-old ahead of his first endurance race.

As the race got underway on Sunday morning, the team settled in for a thrilling 4 hours of wheel-to-wheel racing deep in the Styrian mountains. Whilst teammate Yoluç took the start he immediately had his work cut out for him, but managed to keep his foot within the top 4 as he handed the reins over to Charlie.

Visor down for his stint, soon the Irishman took a strategic early pit stop hoping to gain ground on the leaders. But just as he began to carve his way back to the front, a deluge of rain soaked the track and the best of his ability was called into action. Gripping the wheel and fighting against the elements as the safety car managed the race, Charlie put in a sensational stint to keep the car on track where so many others faltered.

Passing the car to Logan for the final push to the flag, the track eventually began to dry just enough to ramp up the charge. Putting his foot to the floor and managing a drying track perfectly, Logan became the fastest man on track, pulling the #34 car towards the front of the pack. Running just shy of an overall podium, he brought the car home to finish 2nd in Pro-Am class and 4th place on the road.

Speaking on his debut, Logan Sargeant:

“What a debut weekend it was with Racing Team Turkey by TF Sport. It was an absolute pleasure to work with them. The car was extremely fast from the time we put it on the floor on Thursday and to get my first pole was amazing. The race was incredibly tricky and we were unfortunate to get caught out by the safety car, but I was happy with my stint to get us back up to P4 overall and P2 in class in those difficult conditions!”

Director of Infinity Sports Management, Harry Soden praised a great weekend:

“Both drivers drove an incredible race and truly deserved a podium. Through tough conditions Charlie did an mega job in his stint. Whilst Logan had great debut, showing his pace throughout and putting it on pole was an amazing achievement in only his first time out!”

The 2021 European Le Mans Series season continues with the 4 Hours of Le Castellet on 5-6th June.