Double British GT victory for TF Sport at Snetterton!
After a great deal of promise in the opening rounds of the championship, TF Sport returned to its winning ways Sunday (28 May) with two dominant victories in the British GT Championship at Snetterton. The result moves them to the head of the teams’ standings and right into the leading pack of the drivers’ championship.
The race weekend got off to a strong start with Mark Farmer and Nicki Thiim setting the pace in the opening practice session in the #11 Aston Martin Vantage GT3. Derek Johnston and Marco Sørensen were close behind in third position in the #17.
The pattern continued into the two qualifying sessions with Farmer claiming an impressive pole position for the first race with Thiim repeating this for the second event. Johnston and Sørensen qualified tenth and third.
Farmer lined up on the pole for race one and led away from the start with Johnston making gains. Farmer lost ground towards the end of his stint to run third, but a great driver change saw Thiim emerge in the lead, one he would control to the chequered flag.
Sørensen meanwhile found himself bottled up for a couple of laps behind the Nissan but soon found a way past to run sixth. With the fastest lap of the race, he closed the gap to the car ahead but ran out of laps to make further positions. Following the race, Sørensen and Johnston gained another place with a penalty applied to a rival and this set up a thrilling final race of the day with TF Sport starting first and third.
Thiim made a great getaway from the pole, with Sørensen slotting in directly behind. The two TF Sport entries circulated at the front throughout the first stint before pitting for the driver change. Farmer emerged in third due to the success time penalty in the pits, promoting Johnston to the lead of the field. Under sustained pressure in the closing stages from Andrew Howard, Johnston kept his cool and made it a double victory for the team with Farmer finishing in a strong third.
TF Sport now lead the teams’ standings by 25 points with Johnson / Sørensen fourth in the drivers’ championship just ahead of Farmer and Thiim. The team are next in action this coming weekend in the Blancpain GT Series at Paul Ricard ahead of the Le Mans test day and then back out for the next round of the British GT Championship at Silverstone 9-10 June.