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RACE PREVIEW

PUBLISHED 30/04/2019
TAGS FIA WEC

TF Sport came so close to winning the opening round of the FIA World Endurance Championship Super Season at Spa-Francorchamps last year and return the Belgian venue for the seventh round of the championship this coming weekend with a clear aim of standing on the top step of the podium.

Euan Hankey returns to the #90 Aston Martin Vantage GTE driver line-up at Spa-Francorchamps in place of Jonny Adam. Euan started the Super Season with the team, competing in the first two rounds of the championship, so is well known by the team with history showing that he’ll be right on the pace from the outset.

With three runner-up positions to date and further points finishes in Shanghai and Sebring, TF Sport is currently in a strong fourth place in the Pro-Am standings with 68 points. With two rounds of the Super Season remaining, the team, Salih Yoluc and Charlie Eastwood remain firmly in the title race with just 35 points covering the top four.

Last time out at the 1000 Miles of Sebring, TF Sport looked set for a fourth podium of the campaign until the final hour, where light contact from behind damaged the diffuser on the GTE. This required an additional stop dropping the team to sixth at the chequered flag. Returning to Spa-Francorchamps, a little good fortune could just bring the first win of the Super Season.

Tom Ferrier, TF Sport Director

“Spa was good to us last time we raced here in WEC. We missed out on the victory by two-tenths of a second after a great performance from Salih, Euan and Charlie. It’s fitting that Euan returns to the team for this race as his performance last year was so impressive. We’re chasing that first win and we really hope it comes this weekend so that we’re firmly in the hunt for the Pro-Am honours heading to the 24 Hours of Le Mans.”

Salih Yoluc

“We really need a good result to take our championship hopes to the last race which is the 24 Hours of Le Mans. A win is long overdue, we have been really close at Spa, Silverstone and Fuji but we were very unlucky on each and every one of them. I'm happy to have Euan back and really looking forward to the race.”

Charlie Eastwood

“I am really looking forward to Spa. We had a great result at round one of the championship at Spa last year and we have all improved massively since then, so hopefully we can go one better than last time and get a win!”

Euan Hankey

“Obviously I’m overjoyed to be back and to be given the opportunity to race in the World Endurance Championship again. Last year at Spa we had a great performance, especially considering our package wasn’t the strongest, so I’m hoping we can have another strong performance to help Salih and Charlie with their championship hopes.”

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