After the recent announcement that double British GT GT3 champion Jonny Adam would be driving for Optimum Motorsport in the coming season, Salfords, Surrey-based TF Sport has announced that the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship GTE Pro champions Nicki Thiim and Marco Sørensen will be joining Derek Johnston and Mark Farmer for an assault on the British GT GT3 title.
Thiim is already well known to TF Sport, having driven the team’s Aston Martin Vantage in the 2017 European Le Mans Series alongside Euan Hankey and Salih Yoluc.
Thiim, who will be partnered with Mark Farmer, is excited at the opportunity to compete in the premier national GT series.
“This should be a lot of fun. It’s an amazing opportunity,” said Thiim. “I’ve met Mark and he’s an interesting guy. He told me – I think it was at Sebring – about his many races and he’s obviously quick so I look forward to working with him in the new year””
“From my side, it’s all about the new challenges with Aston Martin,” continued Thiim. “We had a great time in with TF Sport in the ELMS this year and this will be the same. They’re a great bunch of guys and I know Brands, Silverstone but have yet to experience all of the British circuits. It’s great to stay with TF Sport and be with those guys again. It’s really important and I’m looking forward to joining the British GT scene.”
Marco Sørensen will partner 2016 champion Derek Johnston.
“I’m really excited to be joining the British GT Championship,” said Sørensen. “I last raced in the UK in 2008 in Formula Ford and as soon as I knew this deal was happening, I looked up the tracks and I’m pleased to say they’re all on there.”
“To start a new series with a team like TF Sport is extra-special as they’re a top team and have demonstrated that they know how to win,” continued Sørensen. “I’m not used to the Pro/Am format but I’ll coach him my way and I’m sure we’ll have a great battle for wins and the title – with the guys on the other side of the garage!”
“To have Nicki and Marco join us is a great story,” said TF Sport Director Tom Ferrier. “They are both some of the fastest guys in GT cars and, having worked with Nicki last year, I have experienced this first hand. Derek and Mark are going to have to raise their game to keep up with these guys! If they do that, we will be winning races from the outset! A big thanks to AMR for letting us have these guys for the year.”
The 2018 British GT Championship season opens at Oulton Park on March 31 – April 2.