STRONG RETURN TO BRITISH GT FOR TF SPORT

PUBLISHED 29/06/2021
TAGS BRITISH GT, Giacomo Petrobelli, Charlie Eastwood, Bonamy Grimes, Marco Sørensen, Aston Martin GT3

Multiple British GT champions TF Sport, made their series return last weekend at the championship’s blue riband event, the Silverstone 500. Giacomo Petrobelli and Charlie Eastwood narrowly missed out on a podium finish and scored a closely fought fourth, with Bonamy Grimes and Marco Sørensen taking a strong seventh place.

 

The duo kickstarted the weekend by running in the top three during free practice and this pace continued into qualifying for the #38 of Petrobelli and Eastwood. The pairing’s aggregate time was good enough for a front row starting spot, however an on-track infringement from Giacomo meant they would start the three-hour race from P4.

 

Bonamy’s session wasn’t so fruitful, as the Am was unable to get a clean lap in #95, which didn’t reflect his true pace and despite Sørensen’s best efforts, the #95 placed tenth in Pro Am.

 

A clean start by both Bronze drivers saw them soon progress up the order and with Petrobelli regularly running as the fastest driver on track during his stint, he was soon into second position before handing over to Eastwood.

 

Some contact to the #95’s door, from the Team Parker Porsche before his stop, delayed Grimes’ in exiting his Vantage and added extra time in the pits. But Sørensen was soon on a mission to make up the lost track positions and enjoyed a long first stint, ultimately getting the Aston up to fifth before handing back to Bonamy.

 

Although a great strategy was executed by the team, and the drivers stints were flawless, the pace of the leaders was something Eastwood and Petrobelli couldn’t overcome, and took the flag in fourth, with the sister car following in seventh.

 

The team will return to the championship again during the 2021 season, with details to be announced soon.

 

Tom Ferrier, Team Owner - “We always enjoy racing in the British GT Championship, and the Silverstone 500 is a great race to return to. It’s a shame we couldn’t step onto the podium, especially with Giacomo and Charlie as they didn’t put a foot wrong. It was great to have both Bon and Marco back with us, and we look forward to returning to the Championship later in the year.”

 

Marco Sørensen, #95 Pro driver - “It was great being back with TF again, it felt like home when I arrived here! We didn’t get the result we wanted, but Bon still did a good job with his progression throughout the weekend and it would be great to come back for another race!”

 

Charlie Eastwood, #38 Pro driver - “Good weekend over all and ended up P4. We would’ve like to have been on the podium, but we didn’t do anything wrong from start to finish! All of our stops were good, our strategy was bang on and Giacomo did a great job as well. There were just a few cars that were slightly quicker and unfortunately they stayed ahead. All in all, great to be back in British GT and looking forward to doing more rounds later on in the season!”