Podium success for Dinan and Foley at GT Open debut

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

2020 International GT Open Vice Champions, TF Sport, returned to the ultra-competitive GT3 field at Spa Francorchamps last weekend. The American duo, Robby Foley and Michael Dinan soon made a positive impression in their debut, taking an overall podium finish in the opening race, but a puncture dashed their chances of a second visit.

Having never stepped foot in the Aston Martin Vantage GT3 before, or been round the twists and turns of the Ardennes, Dinan and Foley utilised the practice sessions on the Friday to become familiar with their charger for the weekend.

Saturday saw Dinan take the start of race one from the second row, P4, where the Silver driver had qualified earlier that day. Unfortunately, multiple safety car periods denied Dinan the chance to progress through the field.

After serving a timed handicap for being a new entrant, Foley enjoyed some stellar door-to-door racing in the latter half of the 70-minute battle and climbed through the order to cross the line in second place.

The Pro class team were keen to repeat their performance on the Sunday. Foley obliged by placing the #97 Vantage GT3 in third position for the race start and yet again, battled hard and stayed glued to his competitors throughout his 30-minute stint.

A success penalty was added to TF Sport’s stop from the previous race’s result, but Dinan returned to the track in third and another trip to the podium was looking certain, until disaster struck in the form of a rear left puncture. After pitting for a replacement, Dinan headed back on track in P10, where he remained until the flag.

The American duo will return to the International GT Open grid in the TF Sport Aston Martin Vantage GT3, at the Circuit de Barcelona Catalunya on October 23-24.

Source material - TF Sport

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