PUBLISHED 27/07/2021
TAGS FIA WEC, D'STATION RACING, Satishi Hoshino, Tomonobu Fujii, Andrew Watson, ASTON MARTIN GTE

A nail-biting battle through the field from P10 to the flag for Satoshi Hoshino, Tomonobu Fujii and Andrew Watson, saw the #777 Aston Martin Vantage take third place at round three of the World Endurance Championship, the 6 Hours of Monza.


Fujii once again took the start of the WEC battle and wasted no time in working his way through the order before handing over to Hoshino, who drove a very impressive stint. Watson then took #777 up to P2 in class, which set Fujii up nicely for the final hour of the race.


A superb battle between the D’station Racing Gold driver, Fujii, and Augusto Farfus in the NorthWest AMR Vantage, saw the podium battle go to the wire. #777 claimed third with only a fraction of a second splitting the duo at the flag.


Lady luck still seems to be missing for TF Sport's #33 entry. Despite qualifying on pole by some margin and comfortably leading the opening two-hours of the race, an exploding front-left tyre put an end to any hope of victory.


The impact from the tyre caused catastrophic damage to the 4 Horsemen Racing backed Vantage. However, an incredible turnaround by the crew saw the #33 lose as little time as possible and headed back on track looking brand new! Even though a podium was well out of reach, every point scored is highly valuable in the ultra-competitive GTE Am class.


Both crews now turn their attention to the main race of the year. Going into the 24 Hours of Le Mans as the reigning victors, TF Sport will be doing all they can to hold onto that title, with one of their three GTE Am entries.


The 89th 24 Hours of Le Mans takes place on August 21-22.


Andrew Watson, D’station Silver Driver - “An amazing result today. Everything went our way! I knew we had good pace from the first two rounds, so we just had to pull it together. Hoshino and Fujii’s times were really good considering it was their first time in Monza, they did a great job! Podiums at this level are really hard to achieve, so I’m delighted for everyone at D’station Racing and TF Sport. It’s a great sign for the future and a promising result ahead of Le Mans.”


Tom Ferrier, Team Owner - “Ben got to grips with the Vantage GT3 quickly at Daytona in January and ran with impressive pace, so he knows the car. This is a great opportunity for Ben to become comfortable with Monza before the next WEC round. It’s a very fast circuit and we know he’ll be more than capable of getting a great result, come the WEC weekend.”