Jonny Adam has been announced as a driver for TF Sport for the 2016 British GT Championship as part of a major shake-up at the Tom Ferrier run team.
Adam, who is the reigning British GT champion alongside long-time co-conspirator Andrew Howard, will join rapid Geordie Derek Johnston behind the wheel of one of TF Sport’s Aston Martin Vantage GT3s.
The Scot, a factory driver for Aston Martin, has high hopes for 2016 he said: “I feel really good about joining TF Sport. I know Tom Ferrier quite well and the team has developed massively over the last 12 months, winning well in the final round at Donington. Getting a deal done so quickly is key to ensuring you don’t miss out on critical testing miles, so I’m delighted to have this in place before the year is out.
“TF Sport is a good customer from Aston Martin Racing’s point of view and it will be nice to share my knowledge and experience of the V12 Vantage GT3 with a new team. Naturally, my ultimate goal is to mount a title challenge and Derek Johnston undoubtedly has the hunger for it. It’s all about the long game and tallying up the points and, although I expect 2016 to be a very competitive season with an expanded entry and new cars, I can’t see why we won’t be at the front from day one.”
Johnston, who has been recently nominated as a member of the BRDC, feels the charge he and former co-driver Matt Bell went on at the end of the 2015 season has stood them in good stead for the coming campaign. He said: “I feel re-energised and invigorated by the results we achieved late-on in the season and by how things are shaping up for next year and I now feel I have the mindset and the racecraft to stay out of trouble and collect the points needed to win. It will be essential to get out of the gate and bag some crucial points quickly and we should have the full package with Jonny’s experience.”
There is also a major shuffle for the second TF Sport Aston as Mark Farmer and Jon Barnes, who competed for 22GT Racing in 2015, move to the squad with Barnes hoping the move will allow him to add to his 2008 British GT title.
“Although myself and Mark Farmer had a few opportunities to show our pace in 2015, notably leading the Silverstone 500 by a huge margin until the final 30 minutes and then finishing on the podium at Snetterton, we took a look at our performances across the season and knew that we could improve with some help in the right areas,” said Barnes. “Tom Ferrier invited us to test and as TF Sport had been the most competitive Aston Martin team in British GT towards the end of the season, we jumped at the chance.”
Farmer is hoping that with his rookie year in British GT behind him, he and Barnes can become a formidable force in the GT3 title battle.
He said: “While we drove an Aston Martin in 2015, TF Sport’s car was far more compliant and stronger, which inspired a lot of confidence that we have the pace as a driver pairing. It’s a question of being with the right team and having the right equipment. It’s clear that TF Sport has a lot of experience and expertise; it’s well-drilled and everybody knows their subject really well and they’ve turned out a fantastic car as a result. To cap it all, we’ll have Derek Johnston and Jonny Adam as teammates. To get better at any sport you have to play people who are better than you, so I feel they will drag us up.”