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Alex Toth-Jones To Contest 2019 British GT Championship With TF Sport (29.10.18)

Photo: Jakob Ebrey Photography / Alextothjonesracing.co.uk

Salfords-based TF Sport has announced that Alex Toth-Jones, who finished fifth in the 2018 Ginetta GT5 Challenge, will contest the 2019 British GT Championship in the team’s new Aston Martin Vantage GT4.

TF Sport last entered the GT4 category in 2014 but has subsequently focused its national campaigns on the GT3 category to great success, winning the premier class teams title in 2016 and 2018.

TF Sport Director Tom Ferrier is looking forward to the opportunities that the 2019 Aston Martin Vantage GT4 offers.

“It’s really exciting to start our GT4 journey in the new generation Aston Martin GT4 and it’s great to have a driver like Alex come on board,” said Tom Ferrier. “We’re currently looking for a young and competitive teammate to race with him and put together a title challenge for the 2019 season.”

Toth-Jones and his team had been reviewing a number of options for his 2019 campaign and the young driver, who started his racing career in karts at the age of 12, is pleased at his choice of team for the new season.

“The British GT Championship is where I and my sponsors want to be next year,” said Toth-Jones. “From Silverstone onwards we were speaking to teams and looking at who would be best to run with. After careful consideration over the summer, and weighing up all the options with some of the top teams in British GT, we have made the decision to go with the best package available and stepping stone to the Le Mans dream with TF Sport. I was always interested in  racing the new Aston Martin GT4 car and so, when the opportunity arose, TF made the cut as they are the biggest AMR customer team in the world.”

“I’m really excited just to see the new car for 2019 , let alone drive it!” said Toth-Jones. “It will be a close championship but I am confident that the new Aston Martin will be super-competitive.”

The 2019 British GT Championship opens at Oulton Park on April 20 -22.

TF Sport Confirms Return Of Mark Farmer For 2019 British GT Campaign (17.10.18)

Photo: BritishGT.com / Jakob Ebrey Photography

TF Sport has confirmed that Mark Farmer will contest the 2019 British GT Championship with the Salfords, Surrey-base team.
Participation in the 2019 championship will Farmer’s fifth consecutive year in the UK’s premier GT series. Farmer, alongside teammate Nicki Thiim, finished third in the 2018 GT3 Drivers Championship, a season which saw the Anglo-Danish partnership step onto the podium on six occasions, including two wins at Snetterton and Silverstone.

Farmer will be campaigning the new-for-2019 Aston Martin Vantage GT3 and is looking forward to the new season.

“I am excited to re-commit to the British GT Championship for 2019,” said Mark Farmer. “The racing is super-close, the Pro line-up is stellar and the occasions magnificent. We had a great run with the Aston Martin Vantage and, in particular in the last season, with three race wins and three further podiums from nine starts.”

Sadly, it wasn’t enough to win the Championship, but it was good to take the fight to the wire,” continued Farmer. “We consistently demonstrated our pace but were thwarted by bad luck in a couple of rounds, including a big fire at Spa which almost killed the car! As ever, TF Sport went above and beyond to deliver a race-winning package, so I will be back in the TF fold in the new Aston Martin Vantage and very excited for another crack at the championship.”

Director Tom Ferrier is also pleased that Mark Farmer has committed to the team for what will be his fourth season with TF Sport.

“We are delighted to be back in GT3 with Mark,” said Tom Ferrier. “The British GT Championship is the premier national series and, for ourselves and Aston Martin Racing, it is important to have a very strong presence. Mark was a front-runner all year this year and helped us win the team’s title. We want to get Mark the drivers’ championship that he deserves next year.”

The 2019 British GT Championship gets underway at Oulton Park over the weekend of April 20 – 22.

“It Was Tough And I Learned A Lot!” – Team HARD’s Ben Wallace Reflects On His First Full British GT Championship Season. (11.10.18)

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Southport-based Ben Wallace has completed his first full season in the British GT Championship. The driver of the #88 Team HARD Ginetta G55 GT4 did not have the most straight-forward of championships but finished the year lying twelfth in the GT4 Silver Drivers standings with 40.5 points after three seventh-placed finishes in class.

Ben Wallace spoke exclusively to EnduranceandGT editor Andy Lloyd about his season and his thoughts on how he would like to develop his career in 2019.

When you look back at the 2018 season, Ben, what are the best memories that you take away from it?

“The 2018 British GT Championship is the best national GT championship in Europe so I was delighted when I got the opportunity to contest it in the Team HARD Ginetta G55 GT4. The two races that stand out for me when I look back are Silverstone and Donington. At Silverstone my teammate was Alex Reed and we qualified eleventh on the grid in the GT4S category and finished seventh in class. I really enjoyed driving on the Silverstone GP circuit. For the final round of the season at Donington Park my teammate was Graham Roberts, with whom I’d driven at Brands Hatch. We qualified ninth in class and finished seventh in GT4S. Those were two races that were especially memorable”

“Even though I didn’t finish at Rockingham, it was a really enjoyable race as I gained, I think, 16 places from the start and showed the pace in the car. Brands Hatch wasn’t the greatest weekend for us as we had a power steering failure but racing on the full GP circuit was a lot of fun!”

“I didn’t necessarily get the overall results throughout the year that I was looking for when the season started but some good things happened in 2018 and I will look back on my first season in top-level GT racing with great fondness.”

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The season presented you with a number of situations you had to work though – Balance of Performance adjustments, changes of driving partners and the withdrawal of the sister car after Snetterton to name three. Where did you have to dig the deepest to keep pushing forward?

“I think Snetterton was one of those moments when you just have to get your head down and push through. Balance of Performance challenges and lack of overall pace meant that we weren’t anywhere near the pack in Norfolk which was a shame as the weather was perfect and it is a circuit I like. Also, the power steering failure at Brands Hatch caused Graham and I huge problems. They were probably the two occasions when I had to keep calm and make sure I was focused on those things that I could control.”

“One of the learning points that I have taken from the 2018 season is that you can’t influence everything and that a lot of situations are out of your control. When we had the pace, we came through the pack, as we showed at Rockingham.”

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Looking ahead, what are your plans and where do you want to be in 2019?

“A lot depends on budgets, of course, and I am currently working as hard as I ever did on the track in my search for sponsors for next year. Ideally I would like to be back on the British GT grid as it represents the best in national GT racing and offers a great platform to demonstrate my pace, I hope, with a view to looking ahead to, maybe, the Blancpain GT Series in the seasons ahead. The first objective is, however, to secure the budget for a competitive seat in the British GT Championship next year.”

Talking of sponsors, partners and supporters, what have you learned from this season that you will be taking in to 2019?

“I’ve been a supporter of Diabetes UK this year and have proudly carried their logo on my car. Working as a supporter of Diabetes UK allowed me the opportunity to display my Ginetta G55 GT4 at the Ormskirk Motorfest in August. It was fantastic to talk to visitors about my race-car and career to date and it was especially relevant as I have a diabetic condition myself. So I really enjoyed building a relationship with the team at Diabetes UK North West and this has given me the confidence to know that I can add real value to a commercial relationship. It’s a skill I hope I can use to great effect next year.”

….and sponsors and supporters are vitally important if you want to succeed in motorsport.

“Absolutely they are! I am extremely grateful to Lips Reifenhandel for their continued support throughout the season. I hope I can carry their name on my car when I contend for championships in future years. I must also say a huge thank you to my father, Norbert, for his support, both in enabling me to race as well as being trackside at every round of the 2018 British GT season. I also want to thank my partner Lydia for being with me throughout the championship. To travel to race weekends with “Team Wallace” to back me up meant a huge amount, especially during the more challenging moments of 2018. My main ambition is to now repay everyone’s loyalty with titles and championships in the seasons to come.”

Ben Wallace can be contacted at Benjamin.wallace99@mail.com

Media enquiries should be directed to Andy Lloyd at EnduranceandGT@gmail.com

Victory For Minshaw And Keen. Haigh And Adam Take British GT GT3 Drivers Title (23.09.18)

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Victory in the final round of the 2018 British GT Championship went to the #33 Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracan GT3 driven by Jon Minshaw and Phil Keen, finishing 29.584 seconds ahead on adjusted time from the #11 TF Sport Aston Martin V12 Vantage piloted Mark Farmer and Nicki Thiim after the TF Sport crew were handed a 30-second post-race penalty in the dying seconds of the two-hour race.

The podium positions were completed by the #116 ERC Sport Mercedes-AMG GT3 of Lee Mowle and Yelmer Buurman, who finished 20.288 seconds behind the #11 car, again on adjusted time.

Flick Haigh and Jonny Adam, teammates in the #75 Optimum Motorsport Aston Martin, finished in fourth place, earning the 18 points and the GT3 Drivers Championship title by 18.5 points over Minshaw and Keen. History was made at Donington Park with Flick Haigh becoming the first female driver to win a GT3 title in the UK’s premier GT championship.

Jonny Adam was delighted to take his third GT3 drivers title but was quick to say that it had not been an easy race.

Continue reading Victory For Minshaw And Keen. Haigh And Adam Take British GT GT3 Drivers Title (23.09.18)

Barwell Motorsport Locks Out Front Row For British GT Final Round At Donington (22.09.18)

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Jon Minshaw and Phil Keen, currently lying second in the GT3 Drivers Standings, qualified the #33 Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracán GT3 on pole position for September 23’s final race of the 2018 British GT Championship.

Lining up alongside Minshaw and Keen will be the sister #69 Lamborghini driven by Sam De Haan and Jonny Cocker. Completing the top three, and the quickest of the Aston Martin V12 Vantages, was the #47 Jetstream Motorsport entry driven by Graham Davidson and Maxime Martin, the Belgian driver returning to the UK’s premier GT championship after a horrific incident at Brands Hatch in the previous round.

Minshaw set the pace in the first qualifying session, setting a 1.42.180 which was over 1.2 seconds quicker than the #47 Jetstream Motorsport Aston Martin with Graham Davidson at the wheel. Phil Keen consolidated on Minshaw’s work with a 1.39.292, the quickest time of the GT3 Pro qualifying session to produce a cumulative time of 3:21.472, 1.609 seconds quicker than De Haan and Cocker.

GT3 drivers standings leader Flick Haigh and Jonny Adam finished fourth overall after Haigh lapped in 1:44.620 and Adam put in a 1:40.255 to produce a cumulative lap time of 3:24.875.

The session began in damp and greasy conditions, allowing the Barwell Motorsport Lamborghinis to show their dominance on a track with marginal grip.

Phil Keen was delighted at pole position but not surprised, given the pace of Jon Minshaw in the wet.

“Jon drives very well in the wet,” said Keen. “He knows the circuit and the car very well. The Lamborghini is very good in the wet, the engine’s in the right place and we have good traction around here so I didn’t expect to be on pole by that much but at Rockingham we were on pole by even more so I’m not surprised but I am surprised!”

With championship leaders Flick Haigh and Jonny Adam qualifying in fourth place, Phil Keen believes it bodes well for a competitive race.

“If it’s dry tomorrow then they will be quick but it’s by no means over. We’ll just get our heads down, see what we can do and pray for a bit more rain half way through the race.”

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Pole position in the GT4 category went to the #42 Century Motorsport BMW M4 GT4 after Ben Green lapped in 1:47.796 in the first session and teammate Ben Tuck put in a 1.47.175 to set a cumulative time of 3:34.971, .270 seconds quicker than the #10 Equipe Verschuur McLaren 570S GT4 of Finlay Hutchison and Daniel McKay.

Third quickest in the GT4 category was the #72 Balfe Motorsport McLaren of Adam Balon and Ben Barnicoat who set a cumulative time of 3:35.495.

The lights go out for the final round of the 2018 British GT Championship at 13:35 on Sunday September 23.

TF Sport Quickest In FP1 At Donington (22.09.18)

Photo: The #47 Jetstream Motorsport Aston Martin V12 Vantage (Photo: Andy Lloyd)

The #17 TF Sport Aston Martin V12 Vantage went quickest in the opening practice for the final round of the 2018 British GT Championship when Marco Sorensen put in a 1:27.774 in the closing minutes of the one-hour session.

Second quickest in the GT3 class was the drivers championship-leading #75 Optimum Motorsport Aston Martin in which Jonny Adam, about to start his 90th race for the manufacturer, set 1:27.858 on penultimate lap.

Third quickest overall was the sister TF Sport Aston Martin, the #11 car, in which Nicki Thiim set a 1:27.997 on his final lap.

Quickest of the GT4 class was the #66 Team Parker Racing Ltd Aston Martin of Nick Jones and Scott Malvern which set a 1:35.908.

The drivers championship-leading GT4 entry of Dean Macdonald and Jack Mitchell was third quickest in the GT4 class with a 1:36.137.