Red River Sport by TF Sport are the latest team to confirm a full 2018/19 Asian Le Mans Series entry, the team confirming today a single car entry in the GT category for GT3 spec machinery with an Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3.
The addition of an Asian Le Mans Serries programme sees TF Sport add another Championship to their racing cv alongside successful forays into British GT, International GT Open Blancpain GT, European Le Mans Series and most recently the FIA World Endurance Championship.
Red River Sport will be familiar to DSC readers as the company established by Johnny Mowlen to mentoring and management emerging clients.
Johnny will be driving for the full season alongside two of his charges: Bonamy Grimes and Ivor Dunbar, part of a stairway to competing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the future.
“This is a long-term project for Red River Sport and it’s an exciting opportunity for us to take two of our Clients to the Asian Le Mans Series,” said Mowlem. “We have been working on this for a while in conjunction with the series and the ACO and is part of a bigger programme for us to bring gentlemen drivers up through the ranks and to compete at the highest levels.”
Mowlem is no stranger to ACO rules racing, having competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, 11 times, and won the GTE championship in the 2013 European Le Mans Series.
Dunbar competed in the Le Mans Classic in 2014 before running in the GT Cup UK the following season. He graduated to the Michelin Le Mans Cup in 2016 and then into the International GT Open.
Grimes had not even completed a track day before 2016, but he competed in the Britcar Endurance Championship in 2017 and with Mowlem won the Class 2 championship. They also competed in the Gulf 12H, finishing second in class.
Dunbar and Grimes competed in the Road to Le Mans races at Le Mans earlier this year with the Ecurie Ecoss/ Nielsen Racing squad with Ivor also contesting the race in the previous year with Mowlem aboard a GT3 spec Ferrari 488.
“This opportunity to compete in the Asian Le Mans Series surfaced recently,” explained TF Sport Director Tom Ferrier. “It will be a new and exciting challenge for everyone at TF Sport. We’re very proud of our history and results and we’ve proven we can run at the front, take wins and challenge for championships at every level.
“In saying that, we never underestimate the competition and it is will be a pleasure to work with Red River Sport in helping them with their longer-term ambitions.”
The addition of Red River Sport by TF Sport to the Asian Le Mans Series is a welcome one for Managing Director Cyrille Taesch Wahlen. “We are pleased to welcome Red River Sport by TF Sport to the Asian Le Mans Series grid,” he said. “As a highly successful global GT team that is currently racing in the FIA World Endurance Championship they will make a very positive addition to our races. Their arrival marks another high-profile team entering the Asian Le Mans Series, and is further evidence of the high position the series holds on the global motorsport stage.”