The team worked incredibly hard to prepare the #11 Aston Martin Vantage in the short gap between returning from Spa-Francorchamps and round eight of the British GT Championship. All went to plan throughout first practice, with first Mark and Nicki topping the timesheets and then Derek Johnston and Marco Sørensen repeating the process in second practice.
Qualifying however was a disappointment with Mark spinning off, while a front-left wheel issue and subsequent ABS sensor problem on the #17 Aston Martin resulted in a row five start for the team.
The long British summer continued into race day, making it especially difficult for the drivers. Derek lined up ninth with Mark behind. Both made a strong start to gain one place with Mark then getting ahead of Derek before closing up on the #116 Mercedes of Lee Mowle.
Following a sizeable shunt on the main straight, the Safety Car closed the field and Mark was able to make a great pass at the re-start around the outside at Paddock Hill on lap 29 for seventh position.
Mark and then Derek pitted mid-race to hand over to Nicki and Marco, exiting the pits in fifth and eighth position respectively. Marco was immediately on the pace, setting the fastest lap of the race for the fourth time before catching Yelmur Buurman’s Mercedes.
Nicki soon passed Phil Keen for fourth position and closed up on the #99 of fellow AMR driver Darren Turner. The pass came in the final minutes of the race on lap 59 to give the #11 pairing a hard-fought podium position, with Marco finishing in sixth.
The result means that heading to the season finale at Donington Park, TF Sport remain at the top of the teams’ standings with 224 points, with Mark and Nicki third in the drivers’ standings, 18.5 behind the series leader.