STRONG SECOND AT 1000 MILES OF SEBRING FOR TF SPORT
TF Sport opened their 2022 World Endurance Championship with a podium finish at the opening round, the 1000 Miles of Sebring.
Ben Keating, Florian Latorre and Marco Sørensen in the #33 Aston Martin Vantage GTE, were denied a battle for victory, as the race was red flagged in the closing stages due to an incoming storm.
As per last season, it is the bronze-graded drivers who take qualifying honours and as a repeat of 2021, Keating stormed to pole position by quite some margin. Despite having never driven around Sebring before, Satoshi Hoshino did a great job to record his highest ever qualifying position in the WEC, P5.
A great start to the race for both TF Sport-run machines and both were running within the top-three for the majority of the first hour.
Contact for #777 whilst Hoshino was at the wheel, saw the Japanese entry lose some ground, but following WEC and GTE debutante Fagg’s pace earlier in the week, the team were hopeful that this would soon be recovered later in the race.
With #33 in P2, fighting hard for the lead, and #777 back up to sixth, the race was red flagged due to a lightening storm. The organisers attempted to restart the race, but the incoming weather put a stop to Sørensen’s final push for victory
Great points were earned for this year's championship scoreboard on both sides of the garage.
Round two takes place in Belgium, where the #33 crew will be hoping to repeat last year’s performance of a pole position and podium finish.
The 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps will take place on May 7 and will be available to watch through the WEC app.
Tom Ferrier, TF Sport Director - “Whilst it would have been nice to battle for the win, we’re really happy to finish P2 in Sebring. It’s a tough track for the Aston. Charlie made a superb impression on his car and championship debut, and we’re looking forward to seeing what both crews can achieve at Spa!”
Ben Keating, Bronze driver #33 TF Sport - “Today’s race was a difficult one! Starting out at noon, it was super hot and with new tyres we had very little grip. I’m so proud of the whole team! All the drivers, the engineers, the mechanics, everyone! To bring it home in second is pretty strong and it was a really good day for points, for the rest of the season.”
Tomonobu Fujii, Gold driver #777 D’station Racing - “I had a good start and got up to second position before handing over to Hoshino-san. The car felt good and we had great pace. We’re happy to finish in sixth and are looking forward to Spa.”