Uphill path to climb for TF Sport at Portimao

Saturday, October 21, 2017

GTE Championship contenders TF Sport face an uphill battle tomorrow as another poor qualifying left both Aston Martin Racing Vantages at the rear of tomorrows grid.

Needing to at least finish ahead of the JMW Ferrari in tomorrows race in order to have any chance in lifting the championship crown, both Nicky Thiim and Darren Turner were left frustrated at the foot of the timing sheet as their balance of performance hobbled Vantages were 'left standing' in the closing stages of the session this afternoon as the other championship protagonists (Spirit of Race and JMW) claimed first and second in class respectively in their Ferrari 488's.

Without taking anything away from the achievements of Matt Griffin in claiming pole and Will Stevens for doing what he needed to do to maintain his own championship hopes, you could easily sense the high level of frustration with some within both AMR camps as this 'imbalance in performance' had continued with these lack lustre parameters ever since the Red Bull Ring in July.

The deficit from the pole setting #55 Ferrari to the #90 car in P5 was a whopping 1.5 seconds!

None the less - what is done is done and the four hours of Portimao will provide us fans with another epic multi class race as all three classes have championship titles to settle.

Obviously we hope that Elektra claims hers!

Photo credits - A Lofthouse / Dunlop
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