TF Sport looking to re-ignite GT Cup title charge at Snetterton

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The aim is for TF Sport to return to winning ways in Round 5 of the 2015 GT Cup on the Snetterton ‘300’ circuit, with Paul Bailey and Andy Schulz targeting podiums to reignite their championship bid and professional driver coach, Phil Glew, partnering Martin Johnston for the first time this season (25-26 July).

TF Sport – an official Aston Martin Racing Partner Team – retained its position at the top of the GTO class standings following a turbulent outing at Silverstone.

Bailey and Schulz had their backs against the wall in all three races at the Northamptonshire circuit, which was struck by torrential rain, but recovered valuable points and a podium finish in a solid damage limitation exercise.

Snetterton has the honour of hosting Rounds 13, 14 and 15 of the GT Cup and Bailey and Schulz have previous form at the East Anglian venue, having already achieved a race win there with a similar specification Aston Martin V12 Vantage.

The 2.99mile Snetterton ‘300’ circuit is perched in among picturesque farmland and encompasses a number of flat out straights and a tight, technical infield section that draws inspiration from some of motorsport’s most iconic corners, such as Monza’s Parabolica and MontrĂ©al’s Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve Hairpin.

Bailey and Schulz both feel they have the ability to return the winners’ rostrum in Norfolk, where the second half of the 2015 GT Cup season commences, and, speaking during a day of testing, Bailey said: “We’ve done well at Snetterton and I will always hold fond memories of this place having achieved my first ever race win here. The past two rounds of the GT Cup were blighted by ill-performing car. At Rockingham, we had an engine that was increasingly more unreliable and we considered not running it in Sunday’s races and then a spin was followed by an ECU-related gearbox issue. However, we did remarkably well in terms of points and we will have a fresh, rebuilt engine from Aston Martin Racing for Snetterton, so there’s plenty to be positive about. The only negative is the 40-second success penalty we carry into the weekend, but we will be doing our utmost to negate the lost time and pull representative results out of the bag.”

Meanwhile, AllFloors Express Managing Director, Martin Johnston, used advice given by his professional driver coach, Phil Glew, to get in the thick of the action at Silverstone, qualifying better than ever and holding his own in some edge-of-the-seat tussles involving more accomplished opposition.

“I’m really looking forward to Snetterton, as it’s a fantastic circuit and this time I’m sharing the drive in Saturday’s main feature race with Phil (Glew),” said Johnston. “It’s great that we will have a Pro-Am driver line-up like most of our rivals and we should be quite effective and he was my driver coach in the previous outing and will be there to give me instruction prior to this coming weekend, and the knowledge and advice he shared proved invaluable, as a different approach to driving brought my times down massively and got me in among it at Silverstone.” was the first time I’d have any instruction with the car and the impact it has had is encouraging, given that I’m fourth in class, only one point behind third and a single point ahead of fifth. It’s all to play for!”

Source material - TF Sport
Photo credits - TF Sport / HPR Facebook
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