TF Sport loose the battle but not their pride in Portimao

Monday, October 23, 2017

Despite their best of efforts and finishing on the podium yesterday afternoon, Surrey based TF Sport left the Portimao circuit almost empty-handed after the final round of the European Le Mans Series.

Whilst nobody would ever complain of the fact that long term series protagonists JMW Motorsport did enough on Sunday to clinch both the GTE Team and Drivers Championships by just two points over TF Sport, yesterday's results do leave a slightly bitter taste in the mouths of any discerning Aston Martin Racing fan with the thought of what might have been.

That feeling has been echoed by the sometimes very carefully worded social media posting from drivers Salih Yoluc, Euan Hankey and Nicki Thiim after each event since the Red Bull Ring in July when the V8 Vantage received its last Balance of performance adjustment - an adjustment that then placed their #90 car (and indeed that of the #99 Beechdean AMR) behind that on track of the subsequent all conquering Ferrari 488.

All that being said, there was nothing the team nor the drivers could have done about it despite all their protestations, leaving everything else to what they do best as racers and giving their all for which nobody could have asked for anymore!

Whilst we pass our congratulations onto JMW for their championship win and for another season of great motor racing, we also pass our congratulations and thanks to TF Sport who have supplied us fans with another awesome season of european racing as we now eagerly look forward to what plans are confirmed for 2018.

They also don't leave Portugal quite as empty handed as we thought as their second place finish in the GTE leader board earns the team their second consecutive automatic entry into the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2018 so its not as bad as it could have been.

Well done guys!

Photo Credits - Andrew Lofthouse / Jacob Ebrey

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