TF Sport - A lot of success in a short time
TF Sport is a racing team from the United Kingdom, founded in 2014 with the headquarters in the village of Salfords, near the town of Redhill in Surrey.
Founded by a former racing driver Tom Ferrier, TF Sport was quickly established as one of the best teams in the British GT. The Aston Martin customer team also operates in other series, like Blancpain GT Series, International GT Open, GT Cup, GT3 Le Mans Cup, and European Le Mans Series.
TF Sport in the British GT
In its first year in the championship, TF Sport entered the GT4 class with Aston martin V8 Vantage, with drivers Andrew Jarman and Devon Modell. They scored two wins and a total of 7 podiums before finishing 2nd in the Drivers’ and 3rd in the Teams’ championship.
In 2015, TF Sport fielded two Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3s. The first car, with Matt Bell and Derek Johnston behind the wheel, finished 5th in the standings after scoring one win and having a total of three podiums. The second car, with Andrew Jarman and Jody Fannin, finished 7th after having two podium finishes in their books. Just like in 2014, TF Sport finished 3rd in the Teams’ championship.
In its third year in the series, TF Sport managed to win both titles in the GT3 class. Jonathan Adam and Derek Johnston were crowned as the champions, having two race wins on their account, while Mark Farmer and Jon Barnes were the winners of one race and finished 5th overall. In the Teams’ standings, TF Sport won the title with an advantage of 26.5 points to Barwell Motorsport.
International GT Open
In parallel with the duties in the British GT, TF Sport in 2014 also debuted in the International GT Open. Jody Fannin and Darren Turner were behind a wheel of Aston Martin V12 Vantage at Silverstone and they won SGT class winners after starting from pole position.
Next year, TF Sport entered the last three rounds of the championship with Aston Martin Vantage GT3. Euan Hankey and Salih Yoluc were competing in the GTAM class and they did really well. They won both races at Spa and the race at Monza, while at Catalunya Circuit they won pole positions.
Yoluc and Hankey continued to compete in the series in 2016, this time as full-time entrants, while in the last round in Barcelona they were replaced by Jon Barnes and Mark Farmar. After Yoluc and Hankey won the races at Silverstone and Monza, TF Sport finished 5th in the Teams’ championship.
Michelin GT3 Le Mans Cup champions and Blancpain GT Series debut
Another challenge for the team was Michelin GT3 Le Mans Cup in which TF Sport debuted in 2016. With two Aston Martin’s on the grid, the team did a good job and won the title. Hankey and Yoluc won the races at Imola and Estoril and also had other three podiums, eventually taking the 2nd position in the Drivers’ championship.
TF Sport debuted in the Blancpain GT Series. It was in the Endurance Cup race at Nurburgring when Salih Yoluc, Bradley Ellis, and Euan Hankey finished 39th. That was the team’s only appearance in the series so far.
Big plans for 2017 campaign
In 2017, TF Sport will defend its British GT crown but Tom Ferrier’s team has accepted the invitation to Le Mans and will make a plan to take on the ELMS with a GTE-Am entry. Salih Yoluc and Euan Hankey will still be drivers, but there will also be a well-known driver from Denmark – Nicki Thiim. He is the FIA World Endurance GT Drivers’ Champion and Le Mans 24h winner who also took Aston Martin Racing to the 2016 GTE-Pro Teams’ title, two years after securing the GTE-Am crowns with the British sportscar marque.
At Le Mans 24h, Yoluc and Hankey will be joined by English Pro driver Rob Bell who has won almost every major sportscar championship and earned many trophies during his long career.
Taking into account all the circumstances and the team’s ambitions, TF sport will probably be successful in 2017.