Improvements for Hartshorne despite the conditions at the Red Bull Ring

Monday, May 17, 2021

It was a week of strong improvement for the TF Sport GTE gentleman driver, John Hartshorne, as he made great steps forward in his development with the Aston Martin GTE.

There was a change in line-up on the GT side of TF Sport’s garage too, for the same reasons. Ross Gunn was replaced by fellow factory Pro, Jonny Adam, whilst he was stateside for IMSA at Mid-Ohio.

A tough qualifying session was had for Adam and despite pushing all he could out of the Vantage, it was a challenge to compete with the pace of the Ferraris and #95 was positioned P6 for the second round of the ELMS.

Hartshorne kept his elbows out at the start and managed to fend off the pack of three behind him, for almost half of his stint. Hancock then took the reins from John and similarly to Eastwood, had to contest with the onslaught of rain. Ollie wrestled with the aquaplaning Vantage as the conditions worsened, but managed to close the gap to the class competitors ahead.

It was two-time Le Mans victor, Adam’s job to see how much further he could push forward, however, the changeable weather marred the end result for the #95 crew, but the team maximised their potential to finish P8 in the GTE class.

Round three of the 2021 European Le Mans Series will take place at Le Castellet, France, on June 5/6.

Source material - TF Sport

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