ISAAC TUTUMLU LOPEZ RACING DRIVER INTERVIEW
Name: Isaac Tutumlu Lopez
Birthday: 5 of July 1985
Cars: Audi R8 Plus and Porsche GT3 RS
Sports: Motorsport and Football
Racedrivers: Ayrton Senna
How and when did you start? The first time I jumped into a go-kart I was only 2 years old and my first race was at the age of 5 at the Catalan Karting Championship and since then i have won different champioships like: Kart Cub Valles, DiverKart Cup, Formula Catalunya, Nissan 350Z Challenge, IberGT Championship, SuperGT Cup, I have also won and finished on the podium in many international races like the International GT Open, Dubai 24 Hours, Radical Winter Series, OEP, etc
What is the car you have had the most fun while driving? Race or street car? Always a racing car because it is more safe to the them to the limit. I loved driving the Ferrari 458 GT3, the Lola-Judd LMP1 and recently the Audi R8 LMS; definitely these are the cars I have enjoyed the most due to different reasons: they demand to the driver a lot, you need to be very precise and take them to the maximum limit to be fast but at the same time they are very easy to drive and enjoyable.
At what point did you know racing was going to be more than just a hobby for you? Actually when I first race in an International race in 2009; it was the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup and we were racing together with the Formula One World Championship at the European GP in Nurburgring. In this weekend I was racing against the best GT drivers in the world like Rene Rast, Jeroen Blekeemolen, Nicki Thiim, Norbert Siedler, Jan Seyffarth, Christian Engelhart, etc. From that day I realized what I was doing was not a hobby anymore.
Who is your favorite childhood race car driver? Maybe someone who inspired you to want to be a driver too. For sure it is Ayrton Senna, no doubts. He is the only idol I ever had, not only for his driving skills but also for his personality, he made a big change in the world of motorsport and he is for sure the biggest racing driver ever alongside with other names like Schumacher, Lauda, Fangio, etc.
When you were younger did you do any other sports? Yes and I still try to do it. I love football, tennis, skiing, golf, cycling, etc. I love sports and I hate losing so I always give all I have to win.
Could you give some racing tips? Well, in regards on mentality it is very important to stay calm, focus and strong in the bad moments wich in motorsport we have a lot, I could say more than good moments. Also is very important never to give up, in motorsport many people give up when they see they can’t get sponsors, teams, racing programs, etc, but if you keep pushing fighting and working you will get back all the effort you have done.
Who’s been the most influential person in your racing career? I think the same as my idol, Ayrton Senna. He is the person I have focus on following his steps as closer as possible, not only in the tracks but also on life.
Are there certain techniques you have used to develop your racing skills or do you just have natural ability? Well both, I think I have natural abilities like other drivers does but thats not enough to compete on the highest level and win so I am developing day after day new racing skills thanks to the experience you get while driving with different cars, championships and teams
What do you like to do when you’re not racing? I love doing other sports, listening to music, training at the simulator, stay at home relax and watch my favorite team FC Barcelona play, going to the cinema and for dinner with my girlfriend and friends,
Describe your best experience? I had different special moments during my career; for sure driving in the Monaco GP with the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup, the Daytona 24 Hours or testing a LMP1 are the higlights of my career in terms of experiences.
Do you have to have a set diet to keep yourself fit? Yes sure, and I think more than other drivers because I am quite tall (187cm) and big due to all the sport I did in my life and in motorsport 5 kg are very important because you can lose at least 0,05sec and this makes the difference on being first or second. I think this is one of the biggest handicaps I have because I am racing against driver who are 160cm and 50kg and the FIA and Organizations should do something to equalize this; already some championships like the Blancpain GT Series or the DTM puts a minimum weigh for the driver of 85kg so if you weigh less you have to add ballast on your car, but other championships like the ADAC GT Masters where I was racing last year don’t do that and it makes a big big difference between small drivers and normal driver.
Which is more important in racing – a strong upper body, lower body? Both are important, the strong body it is to resist the G Forces we have while racing and the lower body specially the braking leg it is very important because every time we brake we have to push around 100-130kg to stop the car.
Who are the sportsmen or sportswoman’s you admire the most? Apart from Ayrton Senna I must say Rafa Nadal and Leo Messi for their commitment on work and never giving up
What do you want your viewers to take away from your work? I would like them to take from my work all the effort I am giving daily to be able to compete; racing is not only about going into a car and go full throttle, there ara a lot of things you need to do to be able to race like getting support from sponsors, teams, car brands, etc, and this you can only get it if you are committed and you don’t stop fighting
What is your aim this year in racing? As usual, win win win!