Oman Racing with TF Sport has announced plans to enter the 2021 Asian Le Mans Series with an Aston Martin Vantage GT3.
Oman Racing’s Ahmad Al Harthy and Aston Martin factory driver Jonny Adam were initially set for a British GT campaign together, but disruptions arising from the coronavirus pandemic prompted TF Sport to cancel its planned two-car domestic GT3 program.
The pair will now contest the Asian Le Mans Series with Aston Martin Racing Driver Academy graduate Tom Canning, who delivered the British GT4 title for TF Sport last year and was due to drive the team’s other GT3 car on the national stage in 2020.
It marks the first season on the Le Mans ladder for Al Harthy, who is the reigning GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS Endurance Cup Pro-Am class champion.
The Omani driver, who has been racing with TF Sport since 2017, is a previous winner of the Road to Le Mans races but has never competed in an ACO-organized series full-time.
All three drivers are new to Asian LMS, while Canning is set for his first campaign in GT3.
TF Sport last entered the Asian series in 2018-19 when it ran a previous-gen Aston Martin Vantage GT3 for the Red River Sport organization, which has since stepped up to the FIA World Endurance Championship GTE-Am class.
“It’s great to be racing again in the Asian Le Mans Series,” said TF Sport team principal Tom Ferrier, whose outfit also competes in the WEC GTE-Am ranks.
“Despite the condensed season, the organizers have done a fantastic job in planning four races at two superb venues and it’ll be a good challenge for the crew to have the quick turnaround time in-between the events.
“We have an exciting lineup and I am confident that we will achieve some strong results.
“We have the capacity to run two cars in the Asian LMS, which would be great for challenging for both the drivers and the teams’ championships.”
Al Harthy’s original British GT plans were hampered by travel complications and calendar changes.
The revised schedules brought up two date clashes between British GT and WEC – including the 24 Hours of Le Mans – that would have affected both Adam and TF Sport.
However, the 2021 Asian LMS season is being held to a condensed format with all four races taking place next January, in a clear space during the European off-season.
“I’m delighted to be teaming with Tom and, of course, Jonny,” said Al Harthy.
“Jonny and I have won so much together, I really think all three of us make a very strong lineup for the Asian Le Mans Series.
“If things work out well in Europe with less restrictions on travel in the weeks and months to come, we’ll probably do some one-off races as well.”