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Sábado, 02 Junho 2018 06:43 | Actualizado em Quinta, 16 Janeiro 2020 17:55

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.
 
Tom Ferrier, TF Sport Director

“That was a perfect weekend really. Two poles, fastest lap of the race, Mark got driver of the day and to win both races is fantastic. The last race was good with Mark getting the third and Derek driving really well, so a very good weekend for us. It’s too early to think about the championships but the aim is to be in the hunt for the last race of the season at Donington.”
Mark Farmer #11

“The weekend could have gone a bit better, but not much! We knew we were fast from testing but when we got here we weren’t as fast as we thought we would be – but that’s this place. We made a couple of changes before quali and then it was spot on and we both delivered. It was a good race apart from one mistake where the boys got me. I was a bit annoyed with myself for that but fair play. We had a blinding driver change and the team made no mistakes. I think that was difference between us and the others today.”
Nicki Thiim #11

“Great first race. Finally, the top step and another thing to sign off – wining a British GT race – credit to the boys on this one as we came in P3 and left the pits P1, so for me it was just like driving on a Danish motorway. It was super-fun and to have the fastest car out there, so really good. For me it was just about getting the car home and having a good car for race two. Again, credit to the boys for making my job easier.”
Derek Johnston #17

“I’m covered in sweat, sunburn and Champaign. The stress started when Marco said ‘don’t worry, we’ve got a plan.’ Actually, for me it was perfect, a really mega race. I was racing so hard with Andrew (Howard) in the other Aston. He never gave me a break and the back markers were kinder to him as he could always just follow through. I was leaving it later and later to try and get through but he could still follow me through. It was awesome. And for me, to get a win when I crossed the line, is the biggest buzz ever. For me to get the win is mega.”
Marco Sørensen #17

“The weekend has been really good. We obviously had a very good second race – came out of turn one in P2 which was the plan – we made that happen – and after that it was all about staying close to Nicki. The first few laps were difficult as I didn’t have enough heat in the tyres, but it got better and towards the end I was closing in on him. Then a Bentley came out of the pits and blocked me, but we had a small advantage in the pits and then it was all about leaving it to Derek.”

2018 TF Sport Calendar

  • 2 April BGT R1&2 Oulton Park
  • 6 April WEC Prologue
  • 22 April BEC Monza 
  • 29 April BGT R3 Rockingham
  • 5 May WEC 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps
  • 13 May BEC Silverstone
  • 27 May BGT R4&5 Snetterton
  • 3 June BEC 1000km Paul Ricard
  • 9 June BGT R6 Silverstone 500 
  • 16/17 June 24 Hours of Le Mans
  • 22 July BGT R7 Spa-Francorchamps
  • 28/29 July Spa 24 Hours
  • 5 August BGT R8 Brands Hatch
  • 19 August WEC 6 Hours of Silverstone
  • 23 September BGT R9 Donington Park 
  • 30 September BEC Barcelona Speedfest
  • 21 October WEC 6 Hours of Fuji
  • 18 November WEC 6 Hours of Shanghai


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