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Quarta, 13 Junho 2018 08:47 | Actualizado em Segunda, 14 Junho 2021 08:22

TF Sport make it three in a row with Silverstone 500 British GT victory


Momentum is certainly of the side of TF Sport who ran both Aston Martin Vantage GT3s towards the sharp end of the field in the British GT Championship on Sunday in the Silverstone 500. Ultimately it was the combination of Mark Farmer and Nicki Thiim who triumphed and made it three wins in a row for the team.

Both Farmer and Thiim as well as teammates Derek Johnston and Marco Sorensen carried success penalties into the three-hour Silverstone event, courtesy of their wins at Snetterton last time out. The former carried 10 seconds, the latter 20, something that would play a role in the final result.

Qualifying was a mixed affair with Mark and Nicki qualifying a strong second, even being extra cautious to avoid any track limit penalties.  Derek meanwhile had been very happy with his car ahead of qualifying had a more difficult run to 11th, with Marco gaining time to record an average good enough for ninth on the grid.

The start saw Mark maintain position in second in his #11 entry behind the #24 Nissan, while Derek was on the move, keenly aware that a good start was key to his and Marco’s race. Three positions were gained from the outset in what was an impressive opening 45 minutes from the 2016 Champion, prior to handing over to Marco.

Mark meanwhile ran second but was hit from behind by the #47 Aston Martin. After losing ten seconds re-joining the circuit and dropping to fourth, he pitted for Nicki to take his first stint from sixth position; while the offending Jetstream car was brought into the pits to serve a penalty.

As the race and subsequent stops played out, the team moved back to the front ahead of the final stops where the 20 second and 10 second success penalties were added. This resulted in Nicki exiting the pits with less than a second margin on the second placed car of Phil Keen, while Marco, with the extra-long stop, was down the order and setting fastest laps in sixth.

Nicki duly brought the #11 Aston Martin home with a three-second margin to take his second win of the season, while Marco finished fifth. The result means that TF Sport extend their advantage on the teams’ championship with Mark and Nicki vaulting second in the drivers’ standings, with just three rounds remaining.
Tom Ferrier, TF Sport Director 
“A very good race for us, we’re very happy with the result as it shows we can still win even with success penalties. We have a good lead in the teams’ championship and we’re moving up in the drivers’ with P2 and P5. There’s only a few points between the top six driver pairings so it’s still all to play for in the remaining races.
Mark Farmer #11
“We knew we had good pace and a good strategy and that was all going to plan until I got hit which wasn’t good. That could have jeopardised the whole thing but we both got our heads down and pushed, while the boys did excellent pit stops. So, having overcome a 10 second success penalty and a punt from behind, is amazing, really extraordinary.”
Nicki Thiim #11
“A great day and it’s great to win this race – the biggest one on the British GT Calendar – and the home race for Aston Martin is unbelievable, especially with the penalties that we had. It was a tough one, especially with the tyres at the end and it was good to see Jonny (Adam) keeping the Lamborghini busy at the end, so that’s all good.”
Derek Johnston #17
“It was such a slow run to the green light. I’ve never had one like that with the pole Nissan just chugging along. I had my eye on the lights and balancing the throttle and not watching the cars ahead. As soon as the lights went out, I just nailed it. There was a gap in the middle and I just went through, and we jumped three straight away and then pitted P4. Th success penalty hurt us, but we both gave our all and we look forward now to Spa.”

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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