The world of sportscar racing provides a thrilling and competitive arena for both drivers and spectators alike, right in the thick of it, our drivers took to the track both home and away with some fantastic results to boot. Join us as we recap on a great start to 2018 for our talented racers…
Brands Hatch (Round 1) & Donington (Round 2)
Launching his first full-season in Clio Cup, Zak (Fulk) contested against fiercely competitive grid for the opening two rounds at Brands Hatch and Donington. Despite his rookie status, Zak more than proved he can cut it against more experienced drivers, claiming top 10 finishes in 3 out of 4 races. Further confirming his rapid pace, by claiming fastest lap overall in his second outing at Brands Hatch. With confidence building, Zak returned to the track at Donington this weekend, where he enjoyed his best finish to date with a top five finish.
“In his first full season in cars Zak is progressing well and is currently right at the front in the rookie championship, he is still learning all the time and improving with every lap”
Rockingham (Round 2)
Fresh from his debut in Oulton, Jordan (Collard) showed no sign of slowing down as the Mini Challenge entered its second outing at Rockingham. Putting a superb show of his young talent, the 17-year-old rocketed from P7 on the grid to finish P4, his charge netting the fastest lap in the first race of the weekend. Narrowly missing out on podium honours, Jordan rapidly made his return to the rostrum in Race 2, with a brilliant second place and rookie class win.
“Jordan has been right at the front from the word go, he is leading the graduate championship and currently running 2nd in the overall championship, it’s been a great start to the year for him”
6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (Round 1)
Fresh from his debut in Blancpain out in Monza, Charlie (Eastwood) took to the infamous Ardennes hills for the opening round of the World Endurance Championship at Spa-Francorchamps. Billed as ‘Super-Season’, the fiercely-competitive series plays host to 8 rounds spanning over 14 months, including two meetings of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Teaming up with TF Sport, Charlie made his debut at the wheel of the Aston Martin Vantage alongside teammates Yoluc and Alers-Hankey, for the team’s first foray into the championship.
Following a difficult qualifying session, the #90 car started 6th in LM GTE AM class as the 6 hours of Spa got underway on Saturday afternoon. With 34 cars in the race across 4 categories, it was a battle against traffic and a feat of pace and endurance throughout the 6 hour event. From the word go, Charlie showcased his immense talent and impressive speed, working to take the fight to the reigning 2017 champions in only his first stint in the car. Working with his teammates and with a strong car beneath them, the championship rookies found themselves in contention for a podium finish as the hours ticked by. Despite a slight delay in the pits, Charlie managed to pull back from the time deficit in his final stint, before handing over to teammate Alers-Hankey. The TF Sport car finished a mere 0.221 seconds behind the leader, following a tense final-stint battle to the flag. Taking to the podium with a second place on his and the team’s debut, puts Charlie in good stead ahead of the historic 24 Hours of Le Mans next month.
“What a fantastic debut for Charlie and TF Sport in the WEC Championship. To finish second and only 0.2 seconds behind the leader is a great achievement. Roll on Le Mans!”
With a positive start to the season, we look forward to seeing how the guys fare in the upcoming months, both at the classic British tracks and the illustrious world circuits.