Reigning British GT3 champion Jonny Adam will switch to TF Sport in 2016 as part of the Redhill-based outfit’s reshuffled two-car driver line-up.
The Scot, who won this year’s title alongside long-time Beechdean AMR co-driver Andrew Howard, will partner Derek Johnston next season in one of TF Sport’s two Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3s. Johnston stays on after he and former team-mate Matt Bell secured his and the squad’s maiden British GT victory at the Donington season finale in September.
TF Sport’s second entry also packs British GT title-winning experience in the form of 2008 champion Jon Barnes and Mark Farmer, who make the switch together from 22GT Racing.
Tom Ferrier’s operation proved the team to beat over the second half of this season after making a breakthrough with its pair of Astons before Brands Hatch. Two podiums for Johnston and Bell, as well as a pole position and second place for the sister Vantage, meant a subsequent one-two finish came as no surprise at the season finale.
That form no doubt played a part in AMR factory ace Adam’s decision to join the team after first entering the series with Beechdean in 2011.
“I feel really good about joining TF Sport,” he said. “I know Tom [Ferrier] quite well and the team has developed massively over the last 12 months, winning well in the final round at Donington. Getting a deal done so quickly is key to ensuring you don’t miss out on critical testing miles, so I’m delighted to have this in place before the year is out.
“TF Sport is a good customer from Aston Martin Racing’s point of view, with a presence on grids across Europe and in the UK and it’s always nice to share my knowledge and experience of the V12 Vantage GT3 with a new team.
“Naturally, my ultimate goal is to mount a title challenge and Derek [Johnston] undoubtedly has the hunger for it. It’s all about the long game and tallying up the points and, although I expect 2016 to be a very competitive season with an expanded entry and new cars, I can’t see why we won’t be at the front from day one.”
Newcastle’s Johnston, who has just been nominated as a member of the British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC), believes Adam’s addition is vital for the team to become regular race winners and title challenger.
“It all came good towards the end of the year and it made sense to maintain my relationship with Tom and TF Sport now I’ve learned how to drive the Aston Martin.”, he said. “Jonny [Adam] has been in British GTs for a long time and is the reigning champion, so taking the opportunity to drive alongside him was a no-brainer and I believe we can go into the new season with the same momentum we had at the end of 2015.
“I feel re-energised and invigorated by the results we achieved late-on in the season and by how things are shaping up for next year and I now feel I have the mindset and the race craft to stay out of trouble and collect the points needed to win. It will be essential to get out of the gate quickly and bag some crucial points early and we should have the full package with Jonny’s experience.”
Team Director Ferrier added: I’m delighted with our 2016 British GT line-up. We’ve seen what Derek can do in our car and Jonny has starred in rival machinery to win the title, while both Jon [Barnes] and Mark [Farmer] drove superbly in a recent test at Donington and will undoubtedly be good assets for TF Sport. I feel we have all the right ingredients to be very strong and, having achieved some fantastic results towards the end of this year, we’re up for the fight.”