British GT regular TF Sport is shifting its focus towards a European campaign this year, as the team confirms full-season programmes in both the new Michelin GT3 Le Mans Cup and GT Open with an Aston Vartin Vantage, alongside its national Brit GT campaign.
Salih Yoluc and Euan Hankey will drive for the team in both European series after running together in the latter half of 2015 for the team in the GT Open and ELMS. The pair impressed in their first taste of racing in Europe together, winning the GT Open rounds at Spa and Monza as well as finishing 5th in GTC at Estoril in their one-off ELMS appearance.
“I enjoyed the International GT Open even though I was the most inexperienced guy around,” said Yoluc. “Because having to compete against such talented drivers helped me learn and I also got to visit amazing European tracks. The Michelin GT3 Le Mans Cup is more about amateur drivers and that’s what attracted me the most, but the fact it runs on many of the same circuits at the GT Open is also a draw.
“Contesting last year’s ELMS finale was very effective for me, as I started fast and was consistent on both slicks and intermediates. I feel I can fight with the other bronze drivers in the GT LM Cup and I’m confident in the ability of Euan (Hankey) and TF Sport. Of course, it will be another learning year. I have only had one full season so far and, while GT Open will be tough, I believe we can target a podium or two, as well as race wins and podiums in the GT3 LM Cup when we get to more familiar tracks.”
The Michelin GT3 Le Mans Cup is coming together nicely, as both FF Corse and Kessel Racing have also confirmed entries so far. United Autosports also intendeds to join in at the Le Mans round with an Audi R8 (the team will be running a pair of LMP3s in the combined field too).
DSC expects there to be a healthy grid of between 20-25 cars for the new Gentlemen driver-focused GT3 series, which will see its winners gain an all-important invitation to the 2017 Le Mans 24 Hours. Further entries are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.