Spaniard Tutumlu, who was fastest in private testing at the wheel of the Car Collection Motorsport-run Audi R8 LMS defending the Kurdistan Racing Team colors, was forced to withdraw the DMV GTC event when his engine dropped a cylinder.

Isaac Tutumlu and his teammate Dimitri Parhofer didn’t have Lady Luck on their side during this weekend’s DMV GTC event, the so-called Preis der Stadt Stuttgart Hockenheimring, as a result of mechanical issues what forced them to withdraw.

Tutumlu, driving the Car Collection Motorsport-entered Audi R8 LMS with the colors of Kurdistan Racing Team, led the timesheets in private testing held on Friday. Unfortunately, in the first practice session, “I felt there was something wrong with the car, because the dashboard was informing me that I was improving my previous lap time but something was costing me almost two seconds in the rest of the circuit. We informed Audi engineers who checked it and noticed a problem with a cylinder. Specifically with a spring” explained Tutumlu himself.

The driver of Kurdistan Racing Team also underlined that “the DMV GTC is a championship with an extremely tight schedule, so in case of an engine change, we wouldn’t have started at least one of the races. That’s why we decided to focus our resources into Nürburgring, where we will contest our second round in the series on June 14-15. But we already know our package is competitive, because when the Audi ran smoothly, I managed to beat Uwe Alzen, Marco Seefried or Kenneth Heyer.”