Defending British GT Champions TF Sport have withdrawn their two-car attack in the GT3 class due to factors resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The team had planned to run two Aston Martin Vantage GT3’s for defending champion Jonny Adam and Ahmad Al-Harthy in one car, while Adam’s co-champion last year Graham Davidson was due to share another with graduating GT4 champion Tom Canning.
But due to a combination of factors arising from the COVID-19 pandemic neither Davidson or al-Harthy have been able to proceed with their programmes and as a result both cars have been withdrawn.
TF’s pair of GT4 cars entered for Connor O’Brien/Patrick Kibble and Jamie Caroline/Daniel Vaughan are unaffected.
Multiple business-owner Davidson cited “some fairly sizable delays because of oil industry problems” which had compromised his budget and preparation for the season restart and had forced him to withdraw.
“I don’t want to go into defending a title on a tight, tight budget,” he explained.
“I can’t test as much as the team would want me to test financially but also due to time constraints, I’ve just got too much going on right now.
“If I’m doing it then I want to win. I’m very competitive and I don’t want to do a half-arsed season”.
The revised schedule and testing commitments have posed problems for al-Harthy, as Adam would be unavailable for the two Donington rounds due to a clash with TF Sport’s World Endurance Championship campaign.
Team owner Tom Ferrier admitted that without the clashing commitments he “would have pushed harder to maybe try and get a GT3 car out” in British GT but didn’t rule out making one-off appearances later in the year ahead of a return in 2021.
Despite TF Sport’s withdrawal the GT3 lineup will be bolstered by the return of Duncan Cameron and Matt Griffin in an AF Corse UK-run Ferrari 488 Evo.
The 2015 Blancpain Endurance Pro-Am champions, who have raced together in British GT on-and-off since 2009, were initially due to contest parallel campaigns in the European Le Mans Series and International GT Open before deciding to embark on their first British GT assault since 2017.
“We’re slightly on the back-foot because it was a late change of plans, so we’ve not had the opportunity to build a really big testing programme,” said Griffin.
“But Duncan and I have always been competitive in every championship we’ve ever done, so I’m confident that we should be there up the front.
“There are probably four or five cars that can win the race at Oulton Park, but I definitely anticipate us being one of those cars.”
The British GT season will get underway at Oulton Park with a double-header on 1-2 August.