TF Sport officially launched its 2014 programme at the Avon Tyres British GT Championship media day at Donington Park.
Established in January by former British Touring Car and British GT driver Tom Ferrier, TF Sport has quickly formed a top-level team and will compete as an official Aston Martin Racing Partner Team. The sought-after title is reserved for a select few globally and provides ambitious teams with advanced technical support and feedback from Aston Martin Racing’s expert engineers.
TF Sport will run two cars for 2014, with Paul Bailey and Andy Schulz taking the wheel of the Horsepower Racing Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3, while Andrew Jarman and Devon Modell will compete in the GT4-spec Aston Martin V8 Vantage.
Following the unveiling of the cars in the morning, the teams took to the circuit for an official test session in the afternoon, with Jarman and Modell setting the ninth quickest GT4 time and Bailey and Schulz ending sixth fastest overall, despite running for the first time on Avon rubber.
“I think we’ve had a great day. Everybody likes the look of the car, which is important, TF Sport has done a fantastic job and I’m delighted with Andy’s times,” said Bailey. “If we had had a clear lap we may have been higher up and I’m exactly one second quicker than I was here ten days ago on worn tyres. I’m still on a vertical learning curve and although our experience in the endurance races will be a big gain, we’re starting with a clean sheet of paper with this car.”
“The GT3 went very well and I’m delighted to have ended up sixth, even though Paul and Andy could have gone even quicker,” said team manager Tom Ferrier. “It’s difficult to know where we stand with the GT4 until the balance of performance is worked out but I’m satisfied with the pace on old tyres. It’s exciting to launch the team’s programme after putting so much hard work and energy into it and we’re looking good for Oulton Park.”