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Terça, 04 Junho 2019 12:44 | Actualizado em Terça, 11 Maio 2021 21:26

Three out of three podiums for Oman Racing with TF Sport in Blancpain GT Series


Oman Racing with TF Sport sealed their third podium of the Blancpain GT Endurance Cup at Paul Ricard on Saturday, to move within eleven points of the title lead.

Ahmad Al Harthy, Salih Yoluc and Charlie Eastwood combined in qualifying to produce a 1:54:185 to secure their third pole position in a row.

Salih took the wheels of the Aston Martin for the first stint, opting to take the evening's early hours. With the grid nearing 50 entrants, the start was always going to be tricky and the Turkish driver slipped down to third place in class avoiding the carnage that consumed the opening lap.

After an early safety car that led the pack for ten minutes, Salih maintained his position before managing a full course yellow for an incident with the #55 Audi, which resulted in another safety car.

This instigated the first round of pitstops and Salih re-joined in fifth in class with the two – new – class leaders yet to pit. By lap 27 he was promoted to second in class and P22 overall after those who hadn’t pitted under the previous full course yellow made their way in.

Ahmad jumped into the Vantage on lap 45 and slotted back into the race where Salih left it. With the sun coming down, visibility was difficult and another safety car was brought out on lap 54 with the #33 Ferrari running off track.

Struggling for grip Ahmad span off and clipped the tyre wall as a result. Fortunately for the #97 he was able to continue and re-joined the track in the class lead after the AF Corse had entered the pits.

Two unexpected pit-stops for potential flat tyres dropped the team from the class lead back into third place. But despite the time lost, Ahmad put in a solid stint before handing over the GT3 to Charlie for the final two-hour job.

With the championship fight hotting up, Charlie begun chasing down the Ram Racing in front. What had begun as a 49 second lead had been brought down to 17 seconds within 25 laps by the Irishman.

By the time the team made their final stop and managed another safety car, they were behind the Mercedes on track albeit with a chunk of time between them. Although their pace suggested winning honours, the Oman Racing with TF Sport team came home in third place with the lead of the drivers’ championship.  
Tom Ferrier, TF Sport Director
“We had great pace all weekend. It's disappointing not to win again and we definitely had the pace to. But its great that we’re in the drivers’ championship lead and have closed the gap in the teams championship. We need to get it right in Spa and we can’t make mistakes in a 24-hour race, so its onwards and upwards, again and hopefully we can get that win soon.”
Ahmad Al Harthy
“We’re really happy to have finished on the podium again. It was a very tough and challenging race and my stint was very difficult. But everyone drove extremely well and we got all the points needed to be at the top of the championship. I think that’s where we want to head into Spa in that direction. Really looking forward to the next round..”
Salih Yoluc
“The race was good and the start was quite hectic, but I avoided any drama that could have made things worse. We were quite unlucky with the safety cars and the full course yellows but we managed them quite well and put in a good recovery drive. We got the championship lead and we leave with a good result so we hope to maintain that into the next rounds and go searching for our first win!”
Charlie Eastwood
“We had really strong pace throughout, we had a little bit of damage from the second stint which made it a little bit more difficult, but still tried to do the best that I could. But we just got caught out a bit by a safety car and it set us back by over a minute to second place, so the chances of us catching another pro that far ahead is virtually impossible, but over the two hour period we caught the overall pros. We clearly had good pace if not stronger pace and the car was really strong and that shows with our third pole position. It’s frustrating that we got another podium, but I am sure we’ll get one of these wins very soon as its very close.”

2019 TF Sport Calendar

  • 14 April BEC R1 Monza 3H
  • 22 April BGT R1&2 Oulton Park
  • 4 May WEC 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps
  • 12 May BEC R2 Silverstone 3H
  • 19 May BGT R3&4 Snetterton
  • 1 June BEC R3 1000Km Paul Ricard 
  • 2 June Le Mans test
  • 9 June BGT R5 Silverstone 500
  • 13-15 June Road to Le Mans 
  • 15 June 24 Hours of Le Mans
  • 23 June BGT R6 Donington Park 
  • 2-3 July SRO test Spa-Francorchamps
  • 21 July BGT R7 Spa-Francorchamps
  • 28 July BEC R4 Total 24 Hours of Spa
  • 4 August BGT R8 Brands Hatch
  • 15 September BGT R9 Donington Park 
  • 29 September BEC R5 Festival de la Velocidad BCN

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