TF Sport travel to the Red Bull Ring looking to rekindle previous successes with their guest driver

Tuesday, September 07, 2021

Round five of the International GT Open Series sees the TF Sport Aston Martin Racing team make another step back into the series that they have raced so competitively in before but this time not with their American drivers Michael Dinan and Robbie Foley.

This weekend’s extended journey south from the Nurburgring (where they were last weekend in the GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup) to the Red Bull Ring in Austria sees another one of Tom Ferrier’s AMR Vantage GT3’s takes to the track with another driver fresh to the marque.

Experienced silver ranked GT racer Sam De Haan returns to the picturesque Austrian circuit to sample the AMR Vantage GT3 for the first time alongside (subject to clearing COVID-19 test protocols) ‘resident’ team racer Charlie Eastwood with their distinctly liveried car registered to race in the ultra-competitive Pro Class. Having raced against multiple Astons before in his RAM Racing Mercedes AMG GT3 in series like British GT Championship and the GT World Challenge Europe Series, De Haan has elected to see what one is like to race before decisions need to be made about any 2022 race programmes.

"I cannot wait to be back at the Red Bull Ring, and I am really excited by the prospect of racing the Vantage GT3 with TF Sport. I am confident that with Charlie and the whole team that we can get a strong result. They have achieved a huge amount with Aston Martin over the past few seasons, and I have raced against them, so I know how competitive they are, so it is great to be part of the team for this weekend” he said at the time of the news breaking.

This will be the second race in the series for the Sussex based team so far this year having taken both Dinan and Foley for their first European AMR GT3 experience at Spa Francorchamps in late June before they will regroup to see out the GT Open season in Barcelona later next month.

With Maxime Martin having deputised for Eastwood at the Nurburgring last weekend, we wait to see whether Eastwood will be well enough to travel to Austria or not.

UPDATE - 9/9/21 As Charlie had boarded a private plane with De Haan, we assume that all is well! 👍

Photo credits – TF Sport.
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