TF Sport chasing second team title at GT3 Le Mans Cup finale

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

TF Sport is on the verge of claiming its second championship title of a landmark year, as it leads the Michelin GT3 Le Mans Cup and will throw all of its weight behind its drivers Salih Yoluc and Euan Hankey to get the job done at Portugal’s Circuito do Estoril (21-22 October).

The very first Michelin GT3 Le Mans Cup Teams’ and Drivers’ Champions will be crowned in Portugal and TF Sport’s energy will be spent on fending off the Russian SMP Racing team, with the #72 Ferrari of Aleksey Basov and Victor Shaitar.

TF Sport made history by winning the inaugural GT3 Le Mans Cup race at Imola in May and the official Aston Martin Racing Partner Team has featured on the podium in all-but-one round to date, the exception being the headlining 24 Hours of Le Mans support event.

Twelve points separate TF Sport in first, SMP Racing in second and third-placed Mentos Racing with one round remaining, after Hankey and Yoluc raced to a hard-earned podium in the series’ visit to Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in September.

There are countless possible permutations, particularly in the Teams’ title battle, but the British outfit simply needs to focus on finishing ahead of its Ferrari and Porsche rivals at Estoril, where 26 points are up for grabs in qualifying and the single two-hour race on Saturday (22 October).

TF Sport Director, Tom Ferrier, said: “I think we have to do what we’ve always done and look at it in the same way as the British GT finale by making sure we have a mistake-free race at the front. We’ve been close to the front in every round so far and our pace was good in testing at Estoril. so we can realistically expect to be up there.

“Circuito do Estoril is very hard on tyres and preserving them will be our main focus when setting up the car, which is usually pretty strong in that area. We would all obviously love to end the year on the top step of the podium, but we will understand where we lie in free practice and it will then be about maximising that potential. It’s a fact that we’re some way down the road from where we were at the start of the year.”

Source material - TF Sport
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