TF Sport in British GT 'Donington decider'

Thursday, September 08, 2016

The 2016 season reaches a critical juncture for TF Sport this weekend (10-11 September), as the official Aston Martin Racing Partner Team is targeting title glory in the Pirelli British GT Championship finale.  

Geordie gentleman racer Derek Johnston and defending British GT Champion Jonny Adam were fastest out of the blocks at Brands Hatch and retained the initiative in the overall Drivers’ standings until the most recent round of the championship at Snetterton.

The Pro Am pairing consequently have an 11.5-point deficit to overturn in what is hailed as the ‘Donington decider’, but flying Fifer Adam is well acquainted with such scenarios and he takes confidence from the fact that TF Sport has left no stone unturned in its preparations.

“We are in a fortunate position because I've been over this territory before and understand the pressure that comes with it," said Adam. "We've put in place a meticulous plan to make sure we have all the bases covered in the build-up and, so far, it has gone pretty smoothly. We've got good data from last year and we'll have plenty of time in the simulator this week so there are plenty of positives in our favour.

"Derek lives just a few miles away from Donington and he knows this circuit like the back of his hand, plus he will have lots of support there on the day, which will make for a great atmosphere in the pit garage. This is also the third year an Aston Martin V12 Vantage has been in contention for the title, which just shows how competitive the car is.”

Barwell Motorsport’s Lamborghini pairing, Jon Minshaw and Phil Keen, were the ones to depose TF Sport at the top of the championship at Snetterton, but the Team Parker Racing Bentley of Rick Parfitt and Seb Morris remains a threat in third, making for a fascinating three-way fight for championship honours at Donington.

However, Barwell carries a 20-second success penalty and TF Sport’s #17 entry of Johnston and Adam will have to remain stationary for 15-seconds during the compulsory driver-change – it will be important to capitalise on this five-second difference, but TF Sport's title combatants know they can call upon the sister #11 Aston Martin of Mark Farmer and Jon Barnes if support is needed.

"Overall it's great for the championship and the fans to have three different crews and three different manufacturers going into the final round with a chance of winning the title,” said Adam. “That makes it a tougher task for us, but as we saw last year anything can happen on the final day of the season and hopefully we can get the little bit of luck that we need to claim the big prize."

Source material - TF Sport

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