PUBLISHED 10/12/2020
TAGS Rolex 24, Aston Martin New GT3, Charlie Eastwood, Richard Westbrook, Ben Keating, Maxwell Root, Daytona

TF Sport is heading Stateside for their first race of the 2021 season, as they make their IMSA debut at the 59th running of the Rolex 24. Daytona double-duty expert Ben Keating will be joined by 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Charlie Eastwood, Rolex 24 victor Richard Westbrook and promising GT youngster Maxwell Root, in TF Sport’s Aston Martin Vantage GT3.


The UK-based team will enter the fiercely competitive GTD class, at the opening round of the 2021 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. TF Sport’s entry will be a guest appearance, with a view to running full-season IMSA campaigns in the future.


Following on from the stellar GTE-AM win at this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, TF Sport is confident for a strong showing at the world-renowned twice around the clock race in Florida.


The ‘Roar Before the Rolex 24’ will take place on January 22-24, with practice beginning on the following Thursday and the Daytona International Speedway lights will go green for the 24, on January 30.


Tom Ferrier, Team Owner - “We are very happy to be given the opportunity to race at this fantastic event! Thank you to all the partners involved, Total, Rain X, Wynns and Matter, for making it possible. We have a fantastic team and driver line up, so let’s hope we can bring a trophy home!”


Ben Keating, Bronze Driver - “This will be my 11th Rolex 24 at Daytona and it’s my favourite race of the year! I know that my first Le Mans experience came on the heels of me winning the Rolex 24, so why not be with TF Sport at their first Rolex 24 experience, on the heels of just winning at Le Mans? I have never driven the Aston Martin, but I competed against them all year long and was very impressed with the GTE car - I expect that the GT3 car will handle similarly. What’s not to love about this program?!”


Maxwell Root, Silver Driver - “After competing at this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, I am incredibly humbled to now to be running America’s great endurance race for TF Sport with Ben, Richard and Charlie, after battling against them all earlier this year. The 24 hours of Daytona holds a special weight with me watching it for so many years growing up. We have a strong lineup and great partners with Matter and Speed Sport Management to make this weekend possible. Looking forward to getting down to Florida and going Rolex hunting”


Charlie Eastwood, Gold Driver - “Really looking forward to competing at Daytona. It’ll be the first race for the team and I in America, outside of the World Endurance Championship. After winning both the Total 24 Hours of Spa and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, it would be great to take the victory at Daytona and complete the trio and I think we’ve got a really good chance! Even though I haven’t driven with any of my teammates before, I believe together we’re a very strong line-up and January couldn’t come soon enough!”


Richard Westbrook, Platinum Driver - “I’ve been friends with Tom forever but this will be the first time I’ve raced for TF, so it’ll be odd him being my boss! The team have done so well over the last few years and with their current form and our line-up, we’ll certainly be looking for a victory. What makes Daytona special is the atmosphere, it’s the first race of the year so everybody is excited to get going again!”