Championship-winning GT team TF Sport has confirmed it will file an entry for the FIA World Endurance Championship Super Season, as it sets its sight on an Aston Martin Vantage GTE Am program.
The British outfit, which has won the British GT Championship and Michelin Le Mans Cup GT3 classes in recent seasons, competed in the European Le Mans Series’ GTE class in 2017, scoring multiple podiums and a race win.
“It’s a huge honor to be competing in the World Endurance Championship next year; it’s by far our biggest ever program and it underlines the strength of our team at every level,” said Tom Ferrier, TF Sport director. “We have had huge success in the past two years in very tough championships such as Blancpain and ELMS so I feel we are ready to move up.
“We have a really big challenge in WEC but we’re confident that we will be competitive and deliver the results that we, our supporters and partners, now expect from us.”
For the Super Season, the team will race with regular drivers Salih Yoluc and Euan Hankey, with Porsche Carrera Cup GB champion Charlie Eastwood as the team’s third driver.
“It’s going to be a big challenge to step up to what is the very top in GT Racing, it’s a big old step,” said Eastwood, a team newcomer. “With the line-up we have, we are confident we’ll be quick in each of our driver categories. I won the Carrera Cup in 2017 but remain Silver, so it is the ideal partnership with Salih and Euan.
“I met with Tom [Ferrier] and some of the guys in the team five weeks ago for the first time and it was a great meeting. It really kick-started the talks and the Friday before Christmas it was all confirmed. It’s great to know so far in advance what you’re doing for the coming season and with Tom’s amazing record with TF Sport and the driver combination we have, we’re all pretty buzzed up and raring to go.
“There’s a lot of unknowns for all of us obviously, but we’re looking forward to the challenge. I know Silverstone and Le Mans and we’re planning on a good test program. So as a team we all have the same desire and I can’t wait to get started!”
This confirmation adds to the growing list of green-lit GTE Am programs for 2018/19, though not all of the prospective teams are guaranteed an entry for the class (which is set to be oversubscribed). TF and others will have to wait for the official FIA WEC entry list reveal in the coming weeks to see if they have secured WEC berths.