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TF Sport Takes First Win Of 2016 In Silverstone Race 2

Drag race to the line decides second place

TF Sport took its first GT Open victory of 2016 in Race 2 at Silverstone. Its Aston Martin of Euan Hankey and Salih Yoluc finished 27 seconds clear of the field on Sunday afternoon after a controlling second half performance by Yoluc.

The battle for second place however, was far closer, with the #2 Teo Martin BMW of Gustavo Yacaman winning a drag race to the line with the #59 Garage 59 McLaren of Michael Benham on the final lap.

Starting from pole was the Fox Motorsport Ferrari 488 of Jamie Stanley and Paul McNeilly after Stanley pulled out of the bag an astonishing lap on his birthday prior to the race. But the duo would unfortunately slip down the order to seventh place after losing the lead during the pit cycle.

Initially, Stanley was able to fend off the hard charging Aston of Hankey, but when McNeilly climbed aboard he was second, and was passed by five cars; Benham’s McLaren shortly after joining the action and four more in the final few laps.

The TF Aston Martin meanwhile, which had taken over the lead, created a comfortable margin with Yoluc driving. It was a far better stint for the Turk than the one on Saturday when he was tapped into a spin at Stowe on Lap 1 of Race 1.

Finishing fourth behind the first Garage 59 McLaren was the #27 Orange 1 Lamborghini which narrowly missed out on a win on Saturday, Thomas Biagi and Fabrizio Crestani again driving well.

Rounding out the top five was the #22 Balfe Motorsport McLaren 650S GT3 of Shaun Balfe and Phil Keen after a lengthy battle with both Teo Martin BMWs, Biagi and Race 1 winner Craig Dolby, who was forced to pit before the end with a broken wheelbone. The team, running its new McLaren for the first time, looked capable of a podium on speed in both races, but instead, had to settle for a pair of fifth-place finishes.

The next circuit on the GT Open calendar is the Red Bull Ring on the 10-11th of September.