Isaac Tutumlu, an unusual Kurdish success story that inspires
I let myself be inspired by most things, people, animals, fashion and food among other things. Naturally of course, young Kurdish talents and ambitious people who do whatever they do to positively promote their Kurdish heritage provide me with great motivation.
Inspirations are surely everywhere around us, it could be the homeless guy on the corner of a street or the scarf around a person’s neck as they are passing by. All I know is that I see them often and I seize the opportunity to come home and rethink what I saw, heard, read or even smelled. Somewhat weirdly but unsurprisingly, just a few days ago I found myself inspired by a vintage Coca Cola ad in a Kebab store and so came home to redecorate my jewelry box from boring, plane and gray to a 1930s Parisian street style inspired design.
I never use to watch car racers, nor did I really find much interest in fast and furious cars as they usually frighten me. But recently all that came to a dramatic change when I came across the KurdishSpanish world championship racer Isaac Tutumlu.
Isaac Tutumlu, whose father is a Kurd from Diyarbakir, is only 27 but his achievements as a racing driver are accomplishments which I believe should be celebrated by most Kurds. He has participated in two world championships including FIA World Touring Car Championship last year.
Tutumlu is currently racing for the Barzani team, sponsored by the Kurdish President Massoud Barzani who encouraged his participation at the Porsche Mo- bil1 Supercup, WTCC, International GT Open and Iber GT Endurance Trophy.
What is most gratifying is seeing the Porsche race through the international racing tracks with the Kurdish flag and reference to Kurdistan so expressively written all over the vehicle.
I am enthusiastic and hopeful that Kurdish talents in all fields including racing are contributing to introduce the history of the Kurds and our presence to an international audience that know little of our existence. I was delighted to get in touch with Isaac and to learn that he is so cheerfully and proudly focusing not only on his racing career but also on promoting the Kurdistan brand to the racing industry and its worldwide audience.
People like Tutumlu are what I see as new emerging sources of social diplomat- ic power on behalf of the Kurds. A power that can be prudently used to spread positive awareness, which in effect will encourage younger generations abroad and previously disengaged foreign Kurds to proudly affiliate themselves with Kurdistan.
It has surely worked its magic on me, few months ago I barely knew anything about car racers let alone a Kurdish international racer. After seeing a young Kurdish man race in the Kurdish flag, however, I now find car-racing competitions far more appealing and my supportflag is raised high for the Kurdish racing team.