A podium finish for TF Sport in the first round of Blancpain GT
Despite changing conditions throughout Sunday’s race, TF Sport rounded out the weekend with a well-fought podium during the first round of the Blancpain GT at the illustrious Autodromo Nazionale Monza.
Having completed extensive pre-season testing with the season-new Aston Martin Vantage GT3 V8, TF Sport entered the GT Endurance Cup for the third time. This year the team geared up with Turkish driver, Salih Yoluc, joining last seasons’ duo of Charlie Eastwood and Ahmad Al Harthy.
A wet qualifying session with large amounts of lingering spray caused issues throughout the field with red flags being a recurrent; but capitalising on the conditions, the team did a fantastic, collective effort to qualify first in class with a combined time of 2:08:177.
With conditions worsening from the mornings’ qualifying session, the race was started under the safety car with Ahmad at the wheel. Having managed various full course yellows as well as safety car periods, he maintained the class lead throughout his hour-long stint before passing over the car to Salih.
A strange succession of punctures to the rear-left dropped Salih down to fifth in class, but with the leading #87 and #74 Mercedes’ colliding, the team were back on track to recover a positive result.
Charlie jumped in for the final stint in the new Vantage and held on to secure third place in class and the trio’s first podium together in Blancpain GT for TF Sport.