TF SPort looking for success at Silverstone 500

Thursday, June 09, 2016

The Pirelli British GT Championship picks up with the Silverstone 500 this weekend (11-12 June) and TF Sport expects to restore its winning form in what is the longest race of the season.

An expanded 51-car grid that includes British GT3 and GT4, as well as European GT4 entries should make for a spectacular and incident-packed contest, but TF Sport will endeavour to return to the head of the field after damage control performances at Oulton Park.

The team from Redhill in Surrey will benefit from weight reduction of 5kgs, and the wide, fast and flowing nature of the Silverstone Grand Prix track should align with its Aston Martin V12 Vantages’ strengths, therefore the team will simply be left to account for the various three-stop strategy calls as the three-hour enduro unfolds to ensure it maximises its performance on Sunday.

But while victory is the desired outcome, TF Sport Director Tom Ferrier still recognises the importance of consistency and taking both cars to top five results, saying: “The Silverstone 500 should be an interesting race, because the GT3 cars are somewhat outnumbered by the GT4s, with both the British and European GT4 grids combining. It will undoubtedly be a race of attrition, there are questions surrounding the weather and there are a lot of unknowns when you’re entering a three-hour race with three pit stops, so the aim is to score good points in the top five.”

Ferrier and his championship-leading drivers Derek Johnston and Jonny Adam would like to be reminded of the sweet taste of champagne at the end of the Silverstone 500 after a ‘dry’ outing at Oulton Park, but TF Sport is also keen to see Mark Farmer and Jon Barnes take the #11 Aston Martin to the podium for the first time, having finished in a season-best fourth place last time out.

“I am having to rein myself in a bit, because I have become accustomed to finishing on the podium and it wasn’t nice not being there at Oulton Park,” said Ferrier. “I’d love to return to the rostrum at Silverstone and I’m conscious that there is now a top five in the British GT Championship and we have to beat the in every race. Equally, we have to finish. Strategically, the race will be interesting and I think plans will be determined by the timing of the first Safety Car or full-course caution. We’re still leading the championship and I’d like to be there after this one.”

Source material - TF Sport

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