Further to DSC’s story that Salih Yoluc and TF Sport were working on a WEC programme for the 2018/19 FIA WEC ‘Super Season’, the Aston Martin customer team has officially confirmed its intention to compete in the championship today.
The team’s GTE Am effort will see Salih Yoluc continue his partnership with both TF Sport and driver Euan Hankey, with Porsche Careera Cup champion Charlie Eastwood joining the pair for the campaign.
“It’s going to be a big challenge to step up to what is the very top in GT Racing, it’s a big old step,” said team newcomer Eastwood. “With the line-up we have, we are confident we’ll be quick in each of our driver categories. I won the Carrera Cup in 2017 but remain Silver, so it is the ideal partnership with Salih and Euan.
“I met with Tom (Ferrier) and some of the guys in the team five weeks ago for the first time and it was a great meeting. It really kick-started the talks and the Friday before Christmas it was all confirmed. It’s great to know so far in advance what you’re doing for the coming season and with Tom’s amazing record with TF Sport and the driver combination we have, we’re all pretty buzzed up and raring to go.
“There’s a lot of unknowns for all of us obviously, but we’re looking forward to the challenge. I know Silverstone and Le Mans and we’re planning on a good test programme. So as a team we all have the same desire and I can’t wait to get started!”
This comes after Hankey, Yoluc and AMR factory driver Nicki Thiim took on the ELMS’ GTE class in 2017 with an Aston Martin Vantage GTE, which it will use for its WEC run next season.
“It’s a huge honour to be competing in the World Endurance Championship next year; it’s by far our biggest ever programme and it underlines the strength of our team at every level,” said Tom Ferrier, TF Sport director. “We have had huge success in the past two years in very tough championships such as Blancpain and ELMS so I feel we are ready to move up.
“We have a really big challenge in WEC but we’re confident that we will be competitive and deliver the results that we, our supporters and partners, now expect from us.”
Salih Yoluc added: “As a team, it is very exciting for all of us to be on the very highest stage of sports car racing. I’m really looking forward to exciting races and of course our first WEC win! We’ve been quite unlucky in ELMS this year in so many ways, but I hope we were just suffering a little to make the future victories even sweeter, with a change in fortune.
“Being able to fight to be a world champion and also a 24 Hours of Le Mans winner is something very special and we’ll do our best and make sure we enjoy the journey.”