Hoping for their best yet from TF Sport in the ELMS at Spa this weekend

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Finally, but by no means least in this weekend’s large catalogue of Aston Martin Racing Partner and Customer team activity is the penultimate round of the European Le Mans Series from Spa Francorchamps in Belgium.

Featuring their season long crew of John Hartshorne, Ollie Hancock and AMR factory weapon Ross Gunn again reunite in their #95 TF Sport prepared Aston Martin Racing V8 Vantage GTE after a highly successful last outing together at the 24 Hours of Le Mans where they eventually finished P8 in that ultra-competitive GTE Am grid of twenty-three cars.

Back into the European series for this weekend, the previous four rounds of the season have been something of a baptism of fire for the returning Gentleman driver since his last racing experiences at this level of GT racing and as well for his silver co-driver Hancock.

This weekend’s round features an entry list of thirty-eight cars spread across the available LMP2, LMP3 and GTE classes with the #95 car again battling in a class of nine, mainly Ferrari 488 based cars with a couple of Porsche’s thrown in also for good measure.

As usual for this circuit, the association with rain is never too far away and that is something that the teams have already had to deal with having conducted their ‘private testing’ around the circuit yesterday as local planning laws prohibit events more than four consecutive days long at the circuit. During the morning session, caution was the better part of valour as the #95 featured as being the slowest on track to then gain confidence during the similarly wet afternoon session to finish second fastest in class.

Where this race goes for the team, nobody knows but any significant weather patterns will always influence the proceedings and coming out of Le Mans with a finish of that magnitude – confidence between Hartshorne and Hancock (Gunn is just like a rocket any day or night of the week despite his high workload these days) should still be high so we are hopeful of their best race result to date on Sunday especially as all the Ferrari’s have lost both fuel capacity and turbo boost since the last race at Monza.

The start of this four-hour race begins at 11:00hrs local.

Photo credits – ELMS / WEC / TF Sport

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