Tom Ferrier’s TF Sport outfit has announced that it has added an Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT4 to its headlining GT3 entries in the 2014 Avon Tyres British GT Championship.
The newly dubbed official Aston Martin Racing Partner Team will field the GT4-spec V8 Vantage for Aston Martin GT4 Champion, Andrew Jarman, and Renault UK Clio Cup standout, Devon Modell. Jarman spent three years competing in the BARC Formula Renault Championship before making his mark in GT racing by clinching the 2013 Aston Martin GT4 Challenge crown at the first time of asking.
“Having won the Aston Martin GT4 Challenge in 2013, the British GT Championship is the next logical step and I was keen to remain within the Aston Martin family while joining a first-rate team,” said Jarman.
“I’m really looking forward to the 2014 season and working with Tom Ferrier – a very experienced and knowledgeable guy – and the TF Sport outfit, as I’ve been impressed by the service it has provided and what has been put together in such a short space of time.
“I’m obviously well acquainted with the Aston Martin V8 Vantage, I know it’s a great car and the goal is to win the 2014 British GT4 title by achieving regular race wins and podium finishes. If I achieve podiums throughout the year I’ll still see it as a success, but a lot will be determined by how the balance of performance between the different makes and model of car is worked out and whether there’s a level playing field.
“It’s fantastic to continue my relationship with my personal sponsors, TXM Recruit, TXM Plant, Danbro and Raildoor Solutions. One of British GT’s big selling points is how prestigious the championship is. It has established itself as one of the top GT series in the world and the exposure and coverage it receives should give my backers a great deal of value. I hope they get to see me on the podium!”
Modell capped off his 2013 season the year by winning the ‘Autumn Cup’ event at Rockingham Motor Speedway, before making a successful transition to endurance racing in the 2014 Dubai 24 Hours.
The Maidstone-based driver will continue to compete in the UK Clio Cup but has added the British GT effort after having tested the V8 Vantage for the first time at Oulton Park circuit yesterday.
Devon Modell said:
“It was a new experience and I think I adapted from front to rear-wheel-drive well. I learnt a lot but there’s undoubtedly a lot of improvements still to be made with both my driving and the car. The great thing is, TF Sport and Tom (Ferrier) have ideas and, as an official Aston Martin Racing Partner Team, will benefit hugely from some technical assistance.
“On the whole, I’m delighted with how the test went and it fills me with optimism ahead of the season. I lapped within a second of last year’s pole position time, which is significant considering my lack of rear-wheel-drive experience. We won’t know where we stand until either next week’s Media Day or qualifying at the season-opener. I have to say, I’m impressed with TF Sport. Tom clearly knows what he’s talking about and, without boosting his ego too much, he was a pretty decent driver in his day too. The team is smart and well presented and it definitely won’t look out of place in the British GT paddock.”
TF Sport Director, Tom Ferrier, said:
“There’s a strong field of GT4 cars for 2014 and I have no idea where we’ll stand when the season begins, but we had a very positive test at Oulton Park and the team’s drivers are very capable. It’s going to be a formidable pairing and they’re both known quantities.
“I think we have exciting prospects and it’s great to have two Aston Martins on the British GT grid in both the GT3 and GT4 classes. Not only does this strengthen TF Sport’s link with Aston Martin Racing, but it means we are forming a ‘stairway of talent’ where aspiring sportscar drivers can rise through the ranks within the TF Sport and Aston Martin folds. GT4 presents drivers with a fab opportunity to hone their craft in preparation for careers in GT3 and beyond.”