Double Brands Hatch success keeps TF Sport firmly in British GT Championship fight
TF Sport’s victory and podium in GT3 and GT4 respectively brought a welcome championship boost at its home circuit of Brands Hatch. The result ensures that the team remains firmly in the hunt for both classes of the British GT Championship heading to the season finale at Donington Park next month.
Graham Davidson and Jonny Adam’s second victory together this season in the #47 Aston Vantage GT3 V8 elevated the pairing to second in the standings while in the GT4 category another fighting drive from Ash Hand and Tom Canning in the #97 entry took them to the top of the GT4 standings with one round remaining.
The win was hard-fought following various setup tweaks during the two hours of Saturday practice. The rapid-fire qualifying sessions came quick and fast with Graham and Jonny pulling out a time quick enough for a second row start. On the other side of the garage in the #2, Mark Farmer and Nicki Thiim endured a tougher run and had to be content with 13th position.
The race saw Graham make a great getaway from the rolling start to vault second behind the #96 Aston Martin. The Donington winner maintained pressure on the car ahead before a spin from the leader provided Graham with welcome clear air at the front.
From this point he was able to pull a margin before pitting mid-distance for Jonny. With the victory there for the beckoning, the three-time champion maintained the pace at the front of the field to record the win by six seconds from his nearest rival. The result means that just six points separate the duo from the current championship leader.
Things were difficult for Mark and Nicki, the former suffering couple of off-track moments heading into the race. Starting outside the top ten on a track like Brands Hatch is always difficult, but Mark duly steered clear of trouble to hand the #2 over to Nicki. Despite his best efforts, the Dane – whilst enjoying the battle - had to settle with seventh position on this occasion.