TF Sport confirm third AMR Vantage GTE entry of 2021 in ACO rules racing

Thursday, February 11, 2021

It was great to see yet another iron that has been gently simmering in the fire that warms the Sussex based workshops of TF Sport emerge today with the confirmation of another full season programme, this time in the European Le Mans Series.

With the team (and indeed most of this new driver line up) presently in the deserts of Dubai competing in the heavily revised calendar of the Asian Le Mans Series, today saw gentleman driver John Hartshorne and silver driver Ollie Hancock confirmed in an Aston Martin Racing V8 Vantage GTE entry within the 2021 ELMS with AMR factory driver Ross Gunn completing the trio of drivers as the resident gold.

This announcement reaffirms the AMR factory’s new ethos of supporting their Partner and Customer teams around the world in headline series such as the ACO rules family of regional or global championships in lieu of their direct presence in these series as a result of economic issues raised by the global pandemic on their parent company Aston Martin Lagonda.

Despite these hardships within the automotive industry, it appears that the motorsport industry is presently fairing quite well as TF Sport have already confirmed their debut last month at the IMSA Rolex 24, two fully supported GTE entries within the World Endurance Championship, two Vantage GT3 cars within this month’s ALMS series as well as this ELMS entry even before we get to any other GT3/GT4 European and UK national series.

“After spending the last few years in GT3, it was about time I made the step up to the next level. With my goal in mind, and with TF Sport winning Le Mans last season, it only made sense to take this step with them. I’m excited to be racing across Europe, with my British teammates, in a British car, for a British team!” said Hartshorne after today’s announcement.

For the team and Ross Gunn, this news sees a return to the European Series for them both after Tom Ferrier’s team supported Turkish driver Salih Yoluc as he stepped his way up the ACO ladder from the Le Mans Cup Series through to and including winning at Le Mans last year in the WEC. Gunn of course raced with Andrew Howard’s Beechdean AMR team back in 2017.

So despite the continuing gloom of COVID, there is at least some good news to be had out there – as long as these series are allowed to race by the host nation at least. 

Fingers crossed.

Photo credits - TF Sport / AMR / ALMS
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