Isaac Tu­tumlu, an un­usual Kur­dish success story that in­spires

The Kurdish Globe - - CULTURE - Diane Rah

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.

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