Charlie Eastwood: Belfast driver wins WEC round in Shanghai
Belfast's Charlie Eastwood has won his second successive World Endurance Championship GTE-AM race with victory in the Four Hours of Shanghai.
Eastwood, along with TF Sport team-mates Jonny Adam and Salih Yoluc, started in fourth but worked their way into the lead inside the opening hour.
The crew now lead the GTE-Am standings after winning the last race in Fuji.
"To be able to take victory in Shanghai and make it back to back class wins is amazing," said Eastwood.
Driving the #90 Aston Martin, Eastwood, Adam and Yoluc were able to overcome their nearest rivals of #57 Team Project 1 Porsche and the #98 Aston Martin Racing team to celebrate a commanding victory and take maximum points.
Completing the final stint of the race, Eastwood consistently lapped faster than his closest rivals, setting the teams fastest lap of a 2.02.744 on lap 85.
The 24-year-old crossed the chequered flag 16 seconds ahead the Project 1 Porsche, finishing 19th overall.
"The car felt strong and we had very little tyre degradation allowing the team to consistently push throughout the race," added Eastwood.
"When I jumped in the car for the final hour, I felt very comfortable and I was able to extend our lead."
"Although we have only had three races with the new car, I believe the team has the capability to challenge for victory in every race.
"To be able to dominate at two very different circuits requires a very strong package with the ability to adapt." added Charlie.
Eastwood's fellow Northern Irishman Andrew Watson finished in ninth in the GTE-Am class and in 27th position overall for Gulf Racing.