TF SPORT PRIMED FOR BOTH BRI­TISH GT AND LE MANS

Motor Sport News - - Racing News - Pho­tos: Jakob Ebrey, ELMS, LAT By Rob Lad­brook

The TF Sport team is pre­par­ing for its most de­mand­ing sea­son yet next year, com­bin­ing a twopronged as­sault on the Bri­tish GT Cham­pi­onship with a maiden ap­pear­ance at the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Tom Fer­rier’s team has be­come the first to regis­ter cars for the Bri­tish GT3 divi­sion for 2017, with Derek John­ston and Jonathan Adam re­turn­ing to de­fend their ti­tle in their As­ton Martin Van­tage GT3. For­mer Bri­tish GT cham­pion Jon Barnes will also re­turn in the sis­ter car along­side Mark Farmer.

TF will also be granted an en­try into the GTE Am class of the Le Mans 24 Hours for the first time as part of its prize for clinch­ing the GT3 Le Mans Cup ti­tle at Es­to­ril last week­end with Euan Hankey and Salih Yoluc.

Fer­rier said: “Next sea­son will be huge for us, and even big­ger than ex­pected now we have a Le Mans en­try. It’s al­ways been our goal to race at Le Mans, and to have it al­ready teed up for next year, for such a young team, is amaz­ing.

“Bri­tish GT next sea­son is a big pro­gramme as we’ll have two crews go­ing head-to-head for the ti­tle. This year was Derek and Jonny’s, but Jon and Mark have learnt a lot and see suc­cess for them­selves. Jug­gling two cars go­ing for the cham­pi­onship will be a nice chal­lenge to have.

“De­fend­ing the GT3 ti­tle will be tougher next year. The new class struc­ture [which opens GT3 to more am­a­teur driv­ers] will bring in more cars and va­ri­ety, and hav­ing more cars on the grid will mean any mis­takes are pun­ished more.

“We’ve also had some ini­tial con­ver­sa­tions about po­ten­tially run­ning a third Van­tage in Bri­tish GT3.”

The line-up of the squad’s Le Mans en­try is yet to be con­firmed. Adam could fea­ture in the line-up should he not be on duty for the works As­ton Martin Rac­ing squad at the event, as he was this year.

TF Sport will be­come the fifth team to split a full-time Bri­tish GT3 cam­paign with a Le Mans 24 Hours pro­gramme, fol­low­ing ef­forts from Team Mo­dena, CRS Rac­ing, AF Corse and Beechdean AMR.

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Both TF cars will be in the hunt for GT3 Hankey/yoluc have won Le Mans en­try Barnes/farmer (left) and John­ston/ Adam will both re­turn

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