High-fives all round at TF Sport

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Following in the footsteps of the Aston Martin Racing factory team who in 2018 looked racing adversity in the eye with a destroyed new AMR Vantage GTE of their own at that years Le Mans 24Hr Test Day, last night saw TF Sport face up to similar issues after a literal damaging opening day of the 2021 World Endurance Championship Prologue.

With barely double-digit laps clocked aboard both their #33 and #777 AMR Vantage GTE’s in the opening test session of yesterday, saw both cars suffer similar resulting front end accident after heavy impacts of their own with the tyre wall on the outside of Raidillon at the Spa Francorchamps.

The cause of the #777 D’Station Racing incident for Satoshi Hoshino was later attributed to a rear puncture whilst the #33 car of Ben Keating suffered no obvious mechanical issue immediately before the American lost control but whilst the cars were damaged, it was very fortunate that the drivers were not!

Either way, the team was left with two cars with significant damage. Whilst the #777 was repairable at the circuit – the #33 was a write off (at least with the facilities available to them at the circuit anyway) so the teams ELMS chassis was freighted in overnight from their base in the UK as well as a significant volume of spares from the AMR factory at Banbury.

The result of their collective efforts was to get two near fully liveried cars back into the second and final day of the Prologue for that vital test mileage ahead of Saturdays opening race of the season with the #33 car ended third quickest in todays morning session and then fastest of all in the GTE Am class by the end of the day. The #777 car also improved their morning session times to finish just behind the #98 Northwest car of Paul Dalla Lana, Augusto Farfus and Marcos Gomes in the mid table of the class.

Another remarkable collective achievement from all the guys and girls involved both in Belgium and in the UK.

Take a bow and the applause – you deserve it!

Photo credits - AMR / TF Sport / Spa / WEC



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