Heading into the seventh round of the championship, TF Sport were chasing their fourth straight victory. Qualifying proved to be a mixed affair with Mark Farmer and Nicki Thiim reasonably content with their fourth fastest time, while Derek Johnston and Marco Sørensen were a frustrated 12th, but much happier with the handing of the #17 Aston Martin Vantage GT3 following a setup change.
For Mark the race over in seconds. He made a good start in the #11 Aston, maintaining position through La Source and found himself on the outside on the run to Euan Rouge. Ahead, there was light contact while alongside Mark, the #30 RAM Racing Mercedes jinked left and into the side of the Aston Martin.
With a damaged front right wheel, Mark found himself pushed hard into the left-hand-side retaining wall and immediately out of the race following a brief oil fire. Derek meanwhile ran in tenth position in the sister car as the safety car was deployed.
It proved to be an especially strong stint for Derek who steered clear of trouble as those around him suffered incidents and received penalties. Having made a setup change ahead of qualifying, he was much happier with the balance of the car and it showed as he moved up to fifth by the end of his one-hour stint.
Marco took over, quickly moving fourth and that became third when the #116 Mercedes ahead spun. Despite his best efforts he was unable to pass the Team Parker Racing Bentley ahead and at the chequered flag, Marco took the final step on the podium, just 0.096s adrift. Following the race, it was determined that Derek had made avoidable contact and a 30 second time penalty was added to the result, dropping him to seventh.
The next round of the British GT championship takes place at Brands Hatch with the team third and fifth in the standings heading to the penultimate round. Ahead of that, the team stay put for next weekend’s Blancpain GT Spa 24.