A podium and two pole positions for TF Sport in Silverstone 500
TF Sport enjoyed a successful outing in the Silverstone 500 that saw the team return to the podium and secure their first ever double pole position.
Jonny Adam and Graham Davidson lapped the British circuit in 4:02:720 to qualify at the front of the pack, while Nicki Thiim and Mark Farmer snuck into the second row of the grid; just eight tenths split the sister cars.
Graham and Mark both took to the start of the race, opting to run a long first stint to give Jonny and Nicki a long final run. At the start, Graham maintained the lead of the race and Mark kept in the top five.
It wasn’t to last however and Mark got swallowed up by a pack of cars to drop into sixth; and a knock from the #3 BMW spun Mark into the grass to lose another position, dropping the Vantage into seventh.
After the first pit stops, Jonny emerged from the pitlane in fourth place, with Nicki out in tenth. The duo begun to chase down the leaders and within a handful of laps, the Scottish #47 had moved into the top three as Nicki started setting a succession of fastest laps creeping ever closer to the front runners.
At the half-way point, the team made their second stops with Mark and Graham having a successful short stint, before handing over the Aston Martins to their teammates for their final runs.
As the final stops played out, Jonny and Nicki both circulated the infamous track searching for the team’s first double podium in GT3 this season. Jonny moved back up into the lead as the #6 entered the pit lane and Nicki slotted into fourth place with his eyes firmly set on the #31 Bentley in third.
With the race drawing to a close, Nicki set the #2 up for last-minute success and swung around the Bentley to move into third place. But despite Jonny and Graham’s fantastic efforts to maintain the lead of the race from the start, the #47 was hunted down by the #6 and the final laps saw the two battling for position until a backmarker [#19 Mustang] got in the way to spin the Scotsman out of the race.
What was looking like a double podium in GT3 ultimately ended as ninth for the #47 and a second place for the #2. The result promotes Mark and Nicki to fourth in the championship, while Jonny and Graham slip to seventh.